Main auditorium

View of The Deco theatre main auditorium and stage
The Deco auditorium view from the stage
Only one direction performing at The Deco in Northampton
The Deco is a perfect venue for touring bands in Northamtpon
The Deco stalls seating
The deco stalls

The main 900 seat auditorium of the Deco is one of the largest venues between London and Birmingham. It has a generous stage and offers excellent acoustics and views.

It can be adapted to suit a wide variety of events, including dance, music concerts and theatre productions. The stalls area can be changed to allow for a standing concert or smaller events such as formal dinners, DJ nights and awards ceremonies.

It is fully equipped with theatrical and dimmable auditorium lighting, sound reinforcement and a D&B Audiotechnik Q1 Line Array concert PA system, plus state of the art projection facilities.

The proscenium arch stage has a full fly tower and 12.8m opening width. It is slightly raked in the traditional style with prompt corner facilities and gives scope for a wide range of theatrical productions and concerts, from rock to classical.

A generous forestage provides for intimate performance or conference presentation if desired. In addition, part of the forestage can be removed to reveal an orchestra pit. 

There are full backstage facilities including eight dressing rooms and a green room that can accommodate up to 70 artists.

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Speaker system

  • 8 x d&b Audiotechnik Q1 line array system flown left and right
  • 2 x d&b Audiotechnik Q1 line array system flown left and right
  • 2 x d&b Audiotechnik Ci90 speakers pros left and right
  • 3 x d&b Audiotechnik E0 Frontfills

Control equipment

  • Allen & Heath IDR8 system controller
  • Allen & Heath GL2200 mixing console (20 microphone 4 stereo)
  • Minidisk Recorder / Player CD / Cassette machine
  • 48 way multicore system with record split at desk position
  • 24 way returns system


Sennheiser Infra Red System with neckloops and headsets

Video equipment

  • Projector available for hire
  • 16 x 8 Screen Rear Projection Flown on Stage

Front of house truss

  • 9m long GP Type truss on motorised chain hoists.
  • Approx. 5m from proscenium
  • 36 circuits to dimmers or hard power (configurable)
  • 2 DMX lines

3 overstage LX bars:

  • All 14m long Ladderbeam truss
  • WLL 500kg UDL per bar
  • Motorised control
  • LX1 – approx. 0.75m behind proscenium
    18 circuits to dimmers or hard power (configurable)
    1 DMX line
  • LX2 – approx. 3m behind proscenium
    18 circuits to dimmers or hard power (configurable)
    1 DMX line
  • LX3 – approx. 5m behind proscenium
    18 circuits to dimmers or hard power (configurable)
    1 DMX line

2 vertical side booms

  • 6 circuits per side to dimmers or hard power (configurable)
  • 1 DMX line per side

Stage outlets

2 socapex outlets plus DMX line, Stage Right side at floor level. (Power for floor lights on Stage Left side can be taken straight from dimmers)

All multicores are Socapex and all breakout boxes are 16A Ceeform.


  • Located at Prompt side
  • Avolites Art2000i dimmers
  • DMX controlled
  • 36 channels of dimming (16A) / 12 channels hard power (16A)
  • Fully patchable system up to 96 outputs
  • 2 fully soft patchable DMX inputs
  • Programmable dimming curves and limits

If further dimming is required, the stage LX bars can be powered by a touring dimmer.
100A 3ph power supply available at prompt corner (tails)

12 channel portable dimmer also available c/w Socapex outputs, DMX controllable.

Other equipment

  • Located Prompt corner (stage perch)
  • 2 DMX Splitters (8ways each)
  • 1 DMX merge
  • Full DMX patching system


  • 12 x ETC Source 4 fixed beam profiles, 26 degree ( 8 of these on side booms )
  • 2 x ETC Source 4 Zoom profiles, 15 – 30 degree
  • 2 x ETC Source 4 Zoom profiles, 25 – 50 degree
  • 2 x 6 way bars pre-wired with 6 ETC Source 4 Pars.
  • 6 x CCT Starlette Z0050 1kW Fresnels c/w barn doors
  • 6 x James Thomas 4 row 1kW cyc light units


  • Lighting Control available for hire
  • 48 generic channels plus intelligent light control.
  • Up to 512 DMX channels, fully soft patchable.
  • Scene, memory and chase functions. 

Lighting can be controlled from FOH technical position or from Stage Manager’s desk at prompt corner.

House lighting can be controlled from scene controllers at technical position or prompt corner or by DMX from lighting desk.

The auditorium

  • Capacity: 900
  • Length: 29m
  • Width: 29m
  • Area: 674 sq m
  • Max height: 14m
  • Min height: 5m

The stage

  • Opening: 12.8m
  • Width: 7m
  • Depth: 8.23m
  • Height: 15.24
  • Grid lines: 10 (6 c/weight)

Technical position

A comprehensive technical area at the rear of the lower circle with appropriate control systems and communication links for PA lighting and video presentation.

Prompt corner

A stage managers desk with appropriate controls and communication links. May be used as alternative technical position.

Stage facilities

Conventional stage curtain, fly bars and counter weight flying system etc.


  • Digital telephone system
  • Cat 5 network cable through-out
  • Free WiFi

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