The End of the Palace Theatre?

The Flaming Lips @ The Palace (Melbourne, 17th November 2011)

The Flaming Lips @ The Palace (Melbourne, 17th November 2011)

Whilst Melbourne’s iconic Palace Theatre has had many an obituary written for it in the past week (amid the news that it’s owners want to demolish it to build a multi storey heartless apartment block), the fight may not yet be over.

The Heritage Council of Victoria is currently deliberating as to whether to add the venue to its heritage register – one would think it’s a no-brainer given the same group recently added a multi storey carpark in Russell St to its register. Money talks though, so we’ll see how that unfolds.

With a theatre having been on this site since 1860, you’d think it would be hard to argue that an apartment complex could add to the cultural appeal of 30 Bourke St. Nevertheless, on Saturday 17th the venue hosted it’s final club night.

Save The Palace has all the information you need to lodge an objection to the Melbourne City Council. They’ve even written a letter for you so voicing your concern takes less than a minute. Without the Palace Theatre, Melbourne is left with no venue for touring bands with a capacity between the Smaller Forum Theatre and much larger Festival Hall. It’s entirely conceivable that the live music capital of the country may be given a wide berth by touring bands without an appropriate venue.

And in recent times, The Palace has hosted the likes of Arctic MonkeysKasabian, The KillersKaiser Chiefs, Slash, The Flaming Lips, Steel PantherDandy Warhols and many many more.

Gallery – The Palace Theatre

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