Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…read more
St Kilda’s Palais Theatre to reopen after $26 million refurbishment
After a $26 million refurbishment, St Kilda’s Palais Theatre is set to reopen to the public on Thursday for the St Kilda Film Festival.
Having nearly closed in 2014 after its operators said it was too expensive to maintain, the 90 year old venue has been upgraded as a result of investment from the Victorian Government, the City of Port Phillip and new operator Live Nation.
The project has seen the venue’s historic repaired, repainted and returned to its original 1927 colour and the installtion of a new state-of-the-art light system, making the Palais a key focal point of the St Kilda skyline once again.
The automated light system can be programmed to turn any colour or pattern and will illuminate the theatre inside and out, creating a spectacular light show.
The historic Palais Theatre sign has also been reinstalled following a complete restoration and will be linked into the new light show.
These new features will create a sense of excitement and anticipation for audiences as they approach the building, wait in the foyer and then take their seats before the performance.
The refurbishment has also resolved the building’s critical maintenance and infrastructure issues including upgrades to the theatre’s electrical system, fire protection and hydraulic systems.
Restoration followed a widespread community campaign, including a brief run for Parliament from musician Tex Perkins, that led the Victorian Government to step in and save the venue.
Live Nation is also undertaking an internal works program in March to ensure the interior of the building matches the grandeur of the façade.
These works, which include restoration of the foyer and the Palais Theatre’s historic ceiling domes, will continue over the coming months around scheduled events.
The famous venue has witnessed many famous performances over the years, with The Rolling Stones supporting Roy Orbison on its stage in 1965, while years later artists like Tom Jones, Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel performed at the bay side venue.
Commenting on the reopening, Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley stated “generations of Victorians have enjoyed countless nights of entertainment here and long may that continue.
"It really is the beating cultural heart of St Kilda and is just so important to the cultural renaissance that we're seeing going on and that will just drive the reinvigoration that we are seeing."
Live Nation currently has a 30-year lease to operate the theatre.
Image: The Palais Theatre approaches the end of its restoration. Courtesy of Palais Theatre/Facebook.
25th November 2016 - ST KILDA’S PALAIS THEATRE TO BE RESTORED WITH ORIGINAL COLOUR SCHEME
8th July 2016 - MUSICAL THEATRE HAS A MAJOR IMPACT ON VICTORIA’S ECONOMY
9th November 2014 - TEX PERKINS TO SEEK ELECTION IN BID TO PROTECT MELBOURNE’S PALAIS THEATRE
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…read more
Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…read more
PulseTec Solutions is a leading provider of software systems and solutions to the health and fitness industry for more than a decade. Our key products and services include ClientConnect studio and…read more
Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …read more
PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…read more
Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…read more
As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd. Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing. 19th July 2018 - ENTA…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!