Melbourne: Arts Centre Melbourne

Country: Australia
State: Victoria
City: Melbourne
Location: St Kilda Road / Sturt Street / Southgate

[1st entertainment venue at the site:"Cooper and Bailey's Great American International Circus" tent in 1877. 1901 building of "Olympia", a permanent circus home to the Fitzgerald Brothers' Circus. 1904 addition of "Prince's Court", including an open-air theatre. 1907 renamed "Wirth Brother's Circus". 1911 addition of a new circus hippodrome and a skating rink, "Olympia" converted to a cinema. In the 1920s addition of "Green Mill Dance Hall" replacing the Jazz Pavilion and Olympia Dancing Palace. Later renamed "Trocadero". Closed in the 1950s. Destroyed by a fire in 1953.]

Cultural complex, originally named "Victorian Arts Centre".

National Gallery of Victoria built 1960-1968 by Roy Grounds as first part of the Victorian Arts Centre.

Theatres Building built 1973-1984. Opened October 1984. The complex comprises the "State Theatre" (designed by John Truscott, used for opera performances by Opera Australia, ballet and musical performances, 2000 seats), the "Playhouse" (home to the Melbourne Theatre Company, used for drama, dance, musical theatre and chamber opera performances), and the "George Fairfax Studio" (376 seats). 1996-1997 addition of a spire after Roy Ground's design by Peter McIntyre and Bob Sturrock.

Melbourne Concert Hall opened 1982. 2600 seats. Used for symphonic and popular concerts. The complex also contains the multi-purpose venue, "BlackBox".

see also: Sydney Myer Music Bowl

Links: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au, AusStage, Wikipedia

[Melbourne: Arts Centre] Picture: foreground: Concert Hall, background: Theatres Building with spire
Front Text: "Victorian Arts Centre - Melbourne"
Reverse Text: "Victorian Arts Centre, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Vic. - Brilliant fireworks at the spectacular opening of the Melbourne Concert Hall on 6th November 1982."
Publisher: Nucolorvue Productions Pty. Ltd., Australia; ML 271; NCV 4297
Size: Modern
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[Melbourne: Arts Centre] Picture: foreground: Concert Hall, background: Theatres Building with spire
Front Text: "Melbourne, Arts Centre & Concert Hall"
Reverse Text: "Princes Bridge, Tower and Concert Hall of Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne"
Publisher: Biscay Greetings, Melbourne; BG 182
Size: Modern
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[Melbourne: Arts Centre] Picture: Theatres Building with spire
Front Text: posters: "Arts Centre Shop", "July 9 - August 23 Opera Australia"
Reverse Text: "The Victorian Arts centre 162 metre spire at night offers an array of visual patterns created by 6,600 metres of fibre optic tubing, 14,000 incandescent lamps and 150 metres of neon tubing."
Publisher: Victorian Arts Centre
Size: Modern
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[Melbourne: Arts Centre] Picture: Theatres Building: State Theatre
Reverse Text: "State Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre"
Publisher: Victorian Arts Centre
Size: Modern
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[Melbourne: Arts Centre] Picture: Theatres Building: State Theatre, Curtain
Front Text: "State Theatre Curtain, Victorian Arts Centre"
Reverse Text: "State Theatre Curtain, Victorian Arts Centre, The State Theatre Curtain was designed by Graham Bennett and painted by Paul Kathner and artists at Scenic Studios, Melbourne, using acrylic paint and gold leaf on woven velvet. The Curtain was a gift of the former State Bank of Victoria to the Victorian Arts Centre in 1984."
Publisher: Victorian Arts Centre; www.nucolorcue.au; NCV 12987 140 1860
Size: Modern
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[Melbourne: Arts Centre] Picture: Melbourne Concert Hall, foyer
Reverse Text: "Melbourne Concert Hall. Chandelier by Michel Santry. Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia"
Publisher: Victorian Arts Centre Trust, 1982
Size: Modern
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[Melbourne: Arts Centre] Picture: Melbourne Concert Hall
Reverse Text: "Melbourne Concert Hall. Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia"
Publisher: Victorian Arts Centre Trust, 1988
Size: Modern
Not sent.

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