Moncrieff Entertainment Centre (MEC)

The Moncrieff Entertainment Centre (MEC) is the cultural heart of the Bundaberg region. Boasting an 863 seat theatre, including 12 access seats for mobility impaired patrons and a hearing loop to support patrons with hearing impairments. Proudly providing the community a carefully selected program of  movies moments after their first release, the Cinema program locks in  the cheapest cinema prices in Bundaberg as well as being centre stage to 30 or more live performances both Australian and international and many community and cultural events each year. Our community based program also provides local groups with the opportunity to raise funds. The MEC also presents free community movies, live-streamed simulcasts, and a program of high quality live entertainment. The MEC is a multi-purpose space for a broad range of activities including community forums, visual art exhibitions, children’s activities, school concerts, and dance events held within a historic building that dates back to 1911. The MEC is the go-to venue for your enjoyment in Bundaberg.

The first entertainment centre on the current site was an open-air theatre built by a syndicate in 1911.  It was taken over by Birch, Carroll & Coyle in 1922.  The Olympia Theatre, as it was named, was officially opened in 1955 by the late Mr FH Buss who was the then Mayor of Bundaberg.  The Manager of the Theatre was Mr J Watson. In the early days, staff had anxious moments trying to seat patrons under cover when storms arose. After 30 years as an airdome, and 18 years in its present form, the Olympia closed in November 1973 for major restoration work and underwent many changes over the following years until 2011 when the centre updated the venues' façade to appear as you see it today.

Our namesake, Gladys Lillian Moncrieff was born 13 April,1892 in Bundaberg Queensland and was the youngest child of Melbourne born parents Reginald Moncrieff (piano tuner) and his wife Amy Lambell (professional singer).  She was a talented child, making her stage debut in Bundaberg where she sang 'The Merriest Girl That's Out'.  She toured the state singing and giving concerts, and was billed as 'Little Gladys - the Australian Wonder Child'.  In 1921 she had a big success playing Theresa in a musical called Maid of the Mountain at the Theatre Royal in Melbourne.  She sang the part around 3000 times.  Gladys toured New Zealand and was extremely well received.  The Australian Public were proud of her achievements and Moncrieff became known as Australia’s ' Queen of Song' and then 'Our Glad'. Gladys had a powerful, wide-ranging, rich soprano voice, and excellent diction.  She approached her singing like a craft, meticulously and unostentatiously.  She dressed simply and did not shun menial tasks.  Her large informal parties were memorable for her superb cooking, especially her pie with seventy dozen oysters. She became a legend in Australia in her lifetime, respected by her professional colleagues and loved by her devoted public. Her autobiography My Life of Song was ghosted by Lillian Palmer. Gladys retired to the Gold Coast, Queensland in 1968. Gladys died on 08 February 1976 aged 83.

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