The Gateway Theatre is the heart of our community, providing access to the arts and entertainment for people in Seaton and across East Devon.  Through our Live Gigs and Classical Music seasons, Community and Youth Theatre performances.  We bring the London theatre to us via Live Streaming from The National Theatre, RSC, Bolshoi Ballet along with many more.   Our cinema programme with our blockbuster picnic nights ensures that we have something for everyone.

Support the Gateway

The Theatre has a Main Hall, situated on the ground floor.  We have a professional stage with full lighting and sound, two dressing rooms with a small kitchen for our performers. For our guests we have a fully stocked bar and kitchen offering refreshments.  We support our community activities throughout the day either in the main hall or upstairs in our meeting room.  Our Box Office is open 11 -2pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

The Main Hall

Wheelchair-accessible with dedicated wash room facilities.

Standing 350
 Theatre seating 200
 Cabaret style seating 170


Hall – Usable floor area 13.5m (W) x 14.5m (L)

Raised Stage – 8.2m (W) x 4.8m (L) with high Proscenium opening

Back stage – Includes 2 dressing rooms with dedicated toilet and kitchen facilities

Cinema screen – Full size screen (19’8” W x 11’ H) with digital projection and surround sound

Excellent Sound & Lighting facilities with professional technical and administrative support


Fully licensed bar in the main hall open during events. Draught Beer & Cider, a selection of bottled alcohol, wines, spirits, soft drinks and bar snacks available.


The ground floor also has a Foyer with a staffed Box Office, an Admin Office and toilets.

Car Parking

There are several large public car parks nearby.


Should you wish to enquire about the hire any of the rooms, please review our terms & conditions here
Please call or email us directly and we can discus and tailor your specific requirements.
Please telephone: 01297 625 699
Or Email:
The Theatre administration office is open from Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm and Sat 10am to 1pm

Projection Equipment

  • Digital 4k Sony SRX-R510P
  •  Sony XCT S10 Server
  • Datasat AP20 sound processor reproduces 5.1 surround sound

The projector system is capable of playing DCP’s via the server, live streams via satellite, Blu-ray DVD, as well as stills/slides images

  • Cinema Screen is 19’8” W x 11’ H and is electronically lowered on stage
  • Dolby Fidelio wireless audio system

Delivers for both Hearing Impaired and Visually impaired patrons. The system includes a transmitter which integrates with the digital-cinema server, a charging station with configuration tablet that allows staff to charge and program receivers for use in the auditorium.

  •  Images can be projected on to a rear back drop curtain
  • CD player available for non-sync background music

Stage Lighting Specifications

Front of House Bar
12x15A outlets
6 Strand Cantata Fresnel 1200w spots
4 Strand Prelude 650w profile spots
2 Strand 650w fresnel spots
PAR64 1000w 13A distribution
DMX link to 4xLED Visage Multipar RGBAW (100w)

On Stage Spot Bar 1
12x15A outlets
10 Strand 650w fresnel Quartet spots
1 Strand Prelude 650w profile spot
13A distribution
DMX link to 4xLED Visage Multipar RGBAW (100w)

On Stage Bar 2
12x15A outlets
8 Strand Quartet 650w fresnel spots
PAR64 1000w
13A distribution DMX link to 3xLED Visage Multipar RGBAW (100w)

On Stage Cyc Bar
12x15A outlets
13A distribution floods
9 Stairville HLx18 QCL RGBW floods 18x8w

On Stage AC Distribution
2x63A outlets on Red Phase
2 analogue Strand Tempus 2g 6x10A (12 outlets)
dimmer racks single phase 63A plugs
2 x Strand Act 6 dimmer racks 12 outlets

On Stage to the rear
4x15A outlets
4x13A sockets each side to the front

On Stage
4x10m long clean Fly Bars located up, centre and downstage.

The control/projection room has a ZERO 88 FLX S48 2 Universe desk.
Dimmers can be controlled from backstage using a 24-way analogue desk or from the first-floor
control/projection room
There is a further DMX Universe (2) link backstage
A free-standing ladder is provided for access to the lighting bars

Sound System Technical Specifications

  • Xenyx 2442FX 16 channel mixer
  • Palladium 100 Stereo Power Amp with wall mounted speakers to left and right
  • Auditorium
    CD player (phono out sockets only) with remote handset.
  • On Stage
    4 XLR sockets (front of stage), hard wired to the mixer.
  • Back Stage
    3 Nos rifle mikes available with stands.
    Deaf Loop.
    Sound monitor system in the dressing rooms and control room.