An Elegant Newcomer: Arts Centre Melbourne
State Theatre是中心劇院中最大的演出大廳，專門供國際頂級的劇團作演出。而能容納 12,000 名觀眾的戶外的音樂舞台 Sydney Myer Music Bowl 也在藝術中心的範圍之內，它是世界級明星在墨爾本舉行演唱會的首選之地。
直至今日，Arts Centre 不止是多項經典藝術的劇場和舞台，還是墨爾本市中心的觀光勝地。 夜幕低垂時，高達 162米的塔尖開始變換顏色，與燦爛的繁星相印，Arts Center中心成功地讓墨爾本大都市閃爍出燦爛的藝術光芒。
A master plan was finally approved in 1960, with the final stages of the project being completed in 1984. This marked the completion of one of the largest public works projects in Victorian history, taking almost 25 years from start to finish.
The Arts Centre is unusual in that its theatres and concert hall are built largely underground. Hamer Hall, situated closest to the river, was initially planned to be almost entirely underground, thus providing a beautiful open vista between the theatre spire, the river and Flinders Street Station. However, due to geological issues, the structure had to be raised three storeys above ground. Eventually the Arts Centre emerged as two buildings – now known as the Theatres Building and Hamer Hall. The State Theatre, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio are all housed in the Theatres Building, under the spire.
The first stage, the Concert Hall, was completed and opened in November 1982. The rest of the Arts Centre was opened in several stages during 1984, with the Theatres building officially opened in october that year. The complex’s stunning interiors were designed by Academy Award winning set designer, John Truscott.
Hamer Hall, which was originally known as the Melbourne Concert Hall, is the largest venue in the Arts Centre complex, comprising of 2,661 seats. The State Theatre has one of the largest stages in the world, and this iconic 2,077 seat theatre has hosted many world famous acts, including opera, ballet and theatre performances. The smaller Playhouse Theatre and Fairfax Studio are also housed under the famous spire.
The deteriorating spire was replaced in 1996, with the new tower containing 6,600 metres of optic fibre tubing, 150 metres of neon tubing and 14,000 incandescent lamps on the spire's skirt, allowing for magnificent after dark displays of ever changing colour. In 2008, sulphur-crested cockatoos moved in and began to cause significant damage. A wedgetailed eagle and a peregrine falcon were brought in, seeing the cockatoos move on to friendlier premises!
Arts Centre Melbourne is a defining Melbourne landmark and Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre. Last year saw the venue stage over 4,000 performances and events for more than 2.7 million audience members. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, if you’ve never attended a performance at this iconic venue, put this at the top of your to-do list! You won’t regret it, with world-class shows in world-class surrounds, you’ll enjoy every moment of your visit.
Yarra河畔應該擁有一個配的上「藝術之都」稱號的多功能藝術中心，Arts Centre應運而生。-- 維州政府