St. George's Theatre
34 Birmingham Street,
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Architects: William Pitt
Previous Names: Murray Street Hall
The Murray Street Hall was opened in 1891 adjacent to Yarraville Railway Station, in this Melbourne suburb. It became the St. George’s Theatre on 28th June 1913.
The St. George’s Theatre was closed on 31st December 1959. It was converted into the U.D.C. Ballroom, which continued into the early-2000’s. In 2010, the building was converted into apartments.
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Two photographs I took in February 2010, while the building was being converted into apartments:
Opened as Murray Street Hall in 1891.
St. George’s Theatre 34 Birmingham Street, Yarraville, VIC
Statement of Significance –
The former St Georges Theatre is significant to the City of Maribyrnong because: – its creation was heralded with much enthusiasm by the community and its leaders and has been a major social gathering place within the City over a long period ( Criterion A4, G1); – it was the setting for expression of dissent to conscription in the World War One era plus other events such as bitter conflict among the City’s youth ( Criterion A4); – its upper facade shows great architectural invention, using the Romanesque revival (Criterion F1); and – it is a prominent landmark within the Yarraville railway precinct, relating closely with much of the adjacent significant architecture, but identifiable as a public auditorium among the commercial and transport structures nearby which make up the precinct – Contributed by Greg Lynch –