St. George's Theatre

34 Birmingham Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3013

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St. George’s Theatre 34 Birmingham Street, Yarraville, VIC

St. George’s Theatre 34 Birmingham Street, Yarraville, VIC

St George’s Theatre, Yarraville

Next to Yarraville train station, St George’s Theatre was built in 1891 and has been variously a theatre, a cinema, and a ballroom dance studio. It was one of the locations for Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom, and is now being converted into apartments

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

The Australian Heritage Commission criteria consist of a set of eight criteria which cover social, aesthetic, scientific, and historic values.

Each criterion has sub-criteria written specifically for cultural or natural values. The relevant criteria are: A.3 richness and diversity of cultural features A.4 demonstrates well the course and pattern of history, important historic events G.1 social importance to the community F.1 design or technological achievement . Heritage Study/Consultant Maribyrnong - Maribyrnong Heritage Review, Jill Barnard, Graeme Butler, Francine Gilfedder & Gary Vines, 2000 -

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