The Unorthodox Church of Groove: Exposed

Brittany Herron -


You may have driven past The Unorthodox Church of Groove on Tudor St many times, but have you ever wondered what goes on inside? We decided to take a look and find out…

The Unorthodox Church of Groove can certainly be described as one of Newcastle’s more unique entertainment venues. Owners, Suzie Darling and Paul Carruthers, bought the old Primitive Methodist Church (established in 1887) situated on Tudor St in early 2000’s, and began working on its transformation into a performance and arts space.

In late 2013, ‘The Unorthodox Church of Groove’ was launched. An entertainment venue styled with a 1920s speakeasy vibe in mind – funky mismatched vintage furniture, a beautiful grand piano, and a fully-equipped in-house PA and lighting system ready to host a unique line-up of left-of-centre artists.

Though there is a modern facade on the building’s exterior, if you look closely, you can see the steeple just peeping out the top. Once you pass through the foyer, you walk up the original steps of the church into The Lounge where the performances are held.

During it’s time as an entertainment venue, The Unorthodox Church of Groove has hosted a broad range of specialty performers, bringing everything from smooth jazz, fiery tango, and lively folk, to comedians and dancers. The venue offers up an eclectic mix of acts, not seen on the stage in any other local venue.

Check out some shots of the venue and past performances in our gallery.


This quaint and intriguing space is also available for hire for functions, filming location, art exhibitions, or a rehearsal space.

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