Melbourne has a long and illustrious theatre history, with the Princess Theatre opening in 1857. In the years since, many beautiful theatres have been established, all of which have provided millions of theatre goers with countless hours of entertainment. This vibrant theatre culture is just one of the many reasons that Melbourne is the arts capital of Australia.
Arts Centre Melbourne is a relative newcomer to the Melbourne theatre scene, although the journey from inception to completion was long and full of challenges. Just after World War II, the Victorian government decided that Melbourne needed a cultural centre, with the site next to the Yarra River being chosen for its central location.
This piece of land has hosted many entertaining spectacles during Melbourne’s history, everything from circuses and theatre performances to ice and roller skating, movies and dances. There was even a tent city here during the early years of the Victorian gold rush – the iconic building’s big top shape and spire pay homage both to the tent city and the rich history of entertainment that has played out at this special site.
臨近墨爾本市區，座落於Yarra 河畔，相對於當地擁有久遠歷史的劇院而言，Arts Centre 被稱為「New Comer」（ 新來者）。二戰之後，維州政府認為，墨爾本作為藝術之都，應該在 Yarra河畔擁有一個配的上「藝術之都」稱號的多功能藝術中心。