Our Venue

From the brand-new, state-of-the-art auditorium to our vintage-inspired Engine Room bar & bistro – find out what’s under The Fire Station’s roof.


The Auditorium during soundcheck. Credit David Allan.

The Fire Station Auditorium is a versatile performance space which will see an exciting year-round programme of live music, theatre, dance and comedy in a spectacular new state-of-the-art 550 seated or 800 standing capacity space.

Designed by Flanagan Lawrence (Sage Gateshead, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), the auditorium provides a fantastic opportunity to bring artists, shows and performances to the city that have not been able to visit Sunderland before.

Foyer Bar

Auditorium Foyer & Bar

The Foyer Bar is set inside the new Auditorium. It will be open to serve drinks on performance days in a smart but relaxed atmosphere with cracking views across to Sunderland Minister.

The Engine Room

Image shows inside the Engine Room bar & bistro
The Engine Room bar & bistro with original tiling and memorabilia featured on the walls

With muted lighting, vintage vibes and nods to the building’s past, the Engine Room sits on the ground floor of The Fire Station and was part of the renovation in 2017. Offering great food and fantastic choice of drinks, the Engine Room has been a Sunderland staple for an afternoon treat or an evening out with friends and family since opening.

Parade Ground

The Parade Ground brings live music and performance to the glorious outdoors with a large multifunctional stage and festival atmosphere.

Opening in 2023

The Studios

Image shows a dance studio space in The Fire Station, Sunderland. The studio is a long white-walled room with grey floor and a grey partition wall in the centre. The wall on the right hand side is lined with mirrors reflecting the empty room and the left hand wall is lined with large multi-paned windows with a wooden rail running along the wall from end to end. The ceiling is vaulted with strip white lights hanging from black beams.
Dance studio on the first floor of The Fire Station

As well as going to see some of the best international, national and local performers on stage in our auditorium, you can also give it a go yourself in our studios.

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