A sad day for Melbourne is just about to take place with the imminent closure of the Palace Theatre (formerly the Metro) at the top of Bourke Street. The owners wish to replace the building with a new hotel. It robs Melbourne of a major live music venue, much-loved by many.
It began live as a live theatre in 1912, was remodelled in 1916 and 1924, and later received an Art Deco makeover. The Deco façade remains in place, although the interior has been upgraded a number of times.
Whilst the music venue is closing, the battle to retain the building continues. The Save the Palace Theatre group can be found on Facebook and are leading the fight for preservation of the building.