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 which will breath new life in to this wonderful and historic art deco Venue.

The Palais Theatre started life as a picture theatre in 1927 and operated as such until making the transition to a live music venue during the early 1950s . Following is a snap shot of just some of the bands and artists to perform at the Palais Theatre over the years; The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Johnny O’Keefe, Kenny Rogers, John Farnham, Chris Isaac, Gipsy Kings, Ross Noble, Jimmy Barnes, Chris Hadfield, Eddie Vedder, Placebo, Dave Chapelle, John Butler Trio, Hunters & Collectors, Jim Jefferies, The Jezabels, UB40, Festival of Russian Ballet, Tenacious D, Mondo Rock, Hi-5, Bob Dylan, Weird Al Yankovic, Adam Lambert, Simply Red, Icehouse, Rufus Wainwright, Brian Wilson, Josh Groban, Jackson Browne and Air Supply.

The works to the venue have been broken down into phases to minimise the time frame that the Venue needs to be closed and to separate the works that were being managed and paid for the City of Port Phillip/State Government and  those being undertaken by Live Nation.

Phase One Works

The phase works have been completed and these works were undertaken and funded by the State Government of Victoria and the City of Port Phillip;

  • 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 entire electrical system
  • Upgrade of lighting system
  • Repair and upgrade Palais Theatre Sign
  • Upgrade fire system
  • Installation of additional safe access walkways

Phase Two Works

The works undertaken and funded by Live Nation are as follows;

  • Restoration of the historic ceiling domes inside the Auditorium
  • Installation of reduced mode curtains to the upper bowl
  • Repair and refurbish front foyer
  • Installation of a lift
  • Improve mobility impaired facilities such as toilet access, general movement, seating and ticket windows. 
  • Refurbishment of the performers dressings rooms
  • New administration offices
  • Installation of a new central beverage outlet on the 1st level foyer
  • Repair and replace floor surfaces within the foyers on ground and 1st Level
  • Installation of a glass enclosed balcony on 1st level
  • Upgrade of food, beverage and merchandise outlets

The Venue will undertake ongoing renovation works for the duration of the lease with Live Nation. Ongoing works include the stage resurfacing and new and upgraded men's and women's toilets.

We will keep you updated via our monthly newsletter when the next works are announced.