The Palais Theatre has completed Phase 1 and 2 of its biggest renovation since opening in November 1927 with around $26 million being invested in the Venue by the State Government, Local Government and Live Nation Australasia which has breathed new life in to this wonderful and historic art deco Venue.

The Palais Theatre started life as a picture theatre, Palais Pictures, in 1927 and operated as such until making the transition to a live music venue during the early 1950s. Live performance highlights: Bob Hope, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Australian Ballet, Australian Opera, Roy Orbison, Shirley Bassey, Joan Sutherland, Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Margot Fonteyn, Robert Helpmann,  John Farnham, Tim Minchin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Ed Sheeran, Florence & The Machine, Sting, Kylie Minogue, Ross Noble, 5 Seconds of Summer, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

The renovation works to the Venue have been broken down into phases to minimise the time frame that the Venue needs to be closed ensuring that events can continue throughout.

Phase One Works

Funded by the State Government of Victoria and the City of Port Phillip, Phase One works have been completed and included;

  • Restoration of the entire exterior of the building (as much as practical, returning it to its original state)
  • Repair of external windows and facades
  • Structural repairs
  • Upgrade of the entire electrical system
  • Upgrade of the lighting system
  • Repair and upgrade of the "Palais Theatre" sign
  • Upgrade of the fire system
  • Installation of additional safe access walkways

Phase Two Works

Undertaken and funded by Live Nation Australasia, these works included;

  • Restoration of the historic ceiling domes inside the Auditorium
  • Installation of reduced mode curtains between the Lounge and Dress Circle on Level One
  • Repair and refurbishment of the Ground Level foyer
  • Installation of a lift to Level One
  • Installation of accessible facilities/features such as toilets, Ground Level and Level One seating, Box Office windows, hearing loops and general movement flow improvements
  • Refurbishment of the performer's dressings rooms
  • New administration offices
  • Installation of a new central bar on the Level One
  • Repair and replacement of floor surfaces within the foyers on Ground Level and Level One (marble tiles and recreation of original carpet)
  • Installation of a glass enclosed balcony, The Winter Garden, on Level One
  • Upgrade of food, beverage and merchandise outlets

2020 Works

  • Toilet renovation, refurbishment and installation on Ground Level and Level One
  • Stage surface replacement and painting
  • Set up coffee bar and mobile bar locations within foyers

The Venue will continue to undertake annual renovation works, including updates to heating/cooling and seating refurbishments, for the duration of the lease with Live Nation Australasia. 


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