20 – 30 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
03 9650 0180
The Palace Theatre is located at the 'top' end of Bourke Street in the heart of the theatre district of Melbourne’s CBD.
The venue still holds its original charm from the early 1900’s with some architectural changes taking place to improve the theatre’s aesthetics & performance facilities.
We are fast becoming Melbourne’s number one live entertainment location with hundreds of acts performing each year and thousands of patrons passing through the doors.
The building was erected in 1860 and was originally the site of the Douglas Theatre, which was destroyed by fire in 1911. The current building opened in 1912 as Brennan’s (National) Amphitheatre & was constructed by architect & vaudeville promoter James Brennan in association with Nahum Barnet. Architect Henry E. White redesigned the interior in 1916 & from then on it was known as the Palace Theatre.
Further alterations were carried out in 1934 after which it was called the Apollo Theatre. In 1940 MGM purchased the building & for the next 30 years it was run as a cinema under the names St James Theatre & Metro. The last MGM film screened was ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ in October 1970. During the next few years it returned to a live theatre, which included a 39-week season of the musical "Hair" (1971 –72). It re-opened as the Palace Theatre in 1974 and once again showed films.
The church group known as the Revival Centre bought the theatre in 1980, it was then sold again in 1987 to a private business group that subsequently operated the venue as the Metro Nightclub.
On December the 4th 2007 the current owners (former owners & operators of St Kilda's Palace Entertainment Complex) moved in and began the restoration of the building now known, once again, as the Palace Theatre.
The Palace Theatre is rich in both character and history. Its three levels can be accessed from the grand staircase that winds off in opposite directions from the foyer. The main room is designed with a tiered floor, numerous bars and spiraling catwalks for both stage viewing and admission to the balcony area.
Sitting on top with a view to vibrant Bourke Street is the third level. Architecturally designed, this space is suitable for a variety of uses in conjunction with the rest of the venue or with its separate entrance it may be used for more intimate private functions and events.
Whether hosting bands, club nights, private functions or smaller occasions, the Palace Theatre is a unique and highly atmospheric environment.
Please contact us to discuss the specific requirements of your event.
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