Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne

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Arts Centre Melbourne, originally known as the Victorian Arts Centre and briefly called the Arts Centre, is a performing arts centre consisting of a complex of theatres and concert halls in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, located in the central Melbourne suburb of Southbank in Victoria, Australia.

It was designed by architect Roy Grounds, the masterplan for the complex (along with the National Gallery of Victoria) was approved in 1960 and construction began in 1973 following some delays. The complex opened in stages, with Hamer Hall opening in 1982 and the Theatres Building opening in 1984.

Arts Centre Melbourne is located by the Yarra River and along St Kilda Road, one of the city's main thoroughfares, and extends into the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

Major companies regularly performing include Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Melbourne Theatre Company, The Production Company, Victorian Opera, Bell Shakespeare, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Arts Centre Melbourne also hosts many Australian and international performances and production companies.

Arts Centre Melbourne is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
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  • I had a lovely day out with my husband twice now at the Melbourne Arts theatre. The event Chicago in the state theatre level: dress circle the seats were good and I can see well. This is without the....  more »
  • Superb entertainment complex under the Spire on the Riverbank. Absolute centre stage seats for a performance of Chicago, easy stroll to the venue from CBD  more »
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  • Always something on, very vibrant place. Their ticketing system is great, you can purchase online (with fee, why they do that I don't know. Shouldn't it be other way around?) and pick up at the venue. Even with few different theatres/hall in one place. The design of the venue feels very cosy.
  • We were given tickets to Evita as a gift from our daughter in UK. An excellent show however she also gave us vouchers for a popcorn each and a soft drink. She payed a total of $34 for 2 bags of popcorn and 2 soft drinks easily purchased from Woolworths at total of $10. How can a 300% markup be justified ???

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