Art Centre Melbourne
Art Centre Melbourne, formerly known as the Arts Centre Melbourne, is a 3000-seat theatre in the Melbourne Arts Precinct. It is the largest performing arts centre in the southern hemisphere. The centre is home to the Melbourne Theatre Company and other cultural institutions. The 1912 building was constructed for the Melbourne International Exhibition.
It is a vibrant arts centre in the city. Founded in 1969, it is the premier performing arts centre in Australia and houses the largest collection of performing and visual arts in Queensland. They offer a diverse range of events, including dance, music, theatre, opera, comedy, cinema, family theatre, exhibitions, education, conferences, workshops, performances and markets.
Melbourne Arts Centre is to produce a magnificent show based on the story of “The Lion King”. The show is scheduled to open this coming Autumn. The show is said to be an adaptation of the original movie and will feature the original voices of the movie. The musical will be directed by Julie Taymor and will feature the same costumes.
It is the home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Melbourne Festival. Other venues include the Ian Potter Centre, the State Theatre and the Playhouse, as well as a range of smaller performance spaces.
Arts Centre Melbourne is the most significant performing arts centre in the Southern Hemisphere. It offers a broad diversity of performance and exhibition programs, with a mix of international, national and local artists.
There is a wide range of shows for all ages and interests, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Film Festival, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Melbourne International Writers Festival, Melbourne Fest, The Melbourne International Animation Festival, The Melbourne Ballroom Festival, The Melbourne International Chamber Music Festival, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Arts Centre Melbourne hosts a wide range of temporary exhibitions, ranging from art, architecture, fashion and more. Some of the renowned exhibitions include the limited time only ‘Bodies’ exhibition, the ‘Obsessions: Contemporary Collectors’ exhibition, ‘Sonic Boom’, ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, ‘Masterworks from the National Gallery of Victoria’ and many more.
It is a hub of cultural activity in Melbourne and hosts a wide range of exhibitions throughout the year. It is in the middle of the Melbourne CBD and frequented daily by thousands of Melburnians. The Arts Centre Melbourne is home to the State Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Playhouse.
Street parking is available in the immediate vicinity of Arts Centre Melbourne. A multi-storey car park is located on the corner of Latrobe and King streets, just a few minutes walks from Arts Centre Melbourne and has complimentary shuttle buses running to and from the venue throughout the day.
Entering Arts Centre Melbourne from Flinders St, you’ll head past the restaurants, shops and bars on the main level (known as the Concourse) and take the escalator up to the Gallery Level. On your right, you’ll pass the National Film and Sound Archive, and the Playhouse on your left. Turn left again and keep going until you come to a staircase; the Studio is on the top floor.