Country craft, relics of the past and an old fashioned theatre are what's on offer at this community centre in Kingston.
The Kingston Butter Factory opened in 1906 as a co-operative butter factory. The factory ceased production in 1983 and remained abandoned until 1988 when the Logan City Council provided funding to recreate the building as a community centre that combined the local theatre company, museum and arts and crafts centre.
The venue is the headquarters for the Arts and Craft Co-operative, an organisation that promotes crafting and provides products for purchase. The Kingston Butter Factory claims to have the largest collection of arts and craft displays, and at the cheapest prices. The traditional and contemporary offerings include bridal accessories, baby wear, pottery, dolls and jewellery. The Co-operative is open from 10.00am until 4.00pm seven days a week (excluding some public holidays) and is a good place to buy a handmade gift for someone special.
The Historical Museum is an initiative of the Logan City Historical Museum Society. It contains an eclectic assortment of relics, furniture and other items from the original butter factory days (like old machinery and signs), as well as general artefacts and Australiana. The olden day musical instruments are worth a look. The museum is open from 10.00am until 4.30pm daily and entry is free.
Butter Box Theatre is a moderately equipped theatre with seminar rooms, a ballet studio and indoor and outdoor theatres for hire. The indoor theatre is fully air conditioned and seats 200 people in tiered seating. If you would like to watch a show in this theatre, contact the Butter Factory for an events schedule.