National Press Theatre

The National Press Theatre is located in room 325 in the Wellington building (180 Wellington Street).

The National Press Theatre offers the following:

  • moderator
  • simultaneous interpretation (with some exceptions: please check with gallery staff)
  • teleconferencing equipment
  • projector and screen
  • television monitors to view DVDs
  • easels
  • reserved front-row seating for photographers
  • technical support
  • audio and videotaping of your event (upon request)
  • green room for privacy prior to the start of your event
  • there is no charge to use this facility.

Rules for the National Press Theatre

All press conferences held in the National Press Theatre are chaired by a member of the Press Gallery executive. If you are holding a briefing for the media then you are expected to supply a moderator for the event.

No materials can be placed on the front stage, e.g. posters, maps.

Hosts are reminded that opening statements should average about 15 minutes, and that press conferences should last no longer than 45 minutes.

Name cards are permitted on the head table.

The head table is restricted to five people maximum (this must be respected by the Press Gallery). The Chairperson takes the sixth position. Only five others in total are permitted in the theatre.

All seating in the centre section of the National Press Theatre is reserved for journalists who are accredited by the Press Gallery. Invited guests are asked to sit in the side wing.