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Sk0421Victory.jpg The Theatre was originally built in 1920

as the 3000 seat Victory Theatre for the presentation of films. Following the opening of the nearby Palais Theatre in the mid 1920’s the theatre was closed for extensive renovations and the seating capacity reduced to 2550. It was re-opened in 1928 and the current foyers, grand staircase, barrel vaulting and auditorium date from that renovation. In 1971 Hoyts offered the Victory Theatre in St Kilda for conversion, following a disastrous fire that destroyed the recently purchased Empress Theatre in Prahran in June 1971. The Empress itself was a replacement building for the Village Theatre (Toorak) destroyed by fire in April 1962. The current theatre consists of the original Victory dress circle extended with the addition of a sizable stage and fly tower, with the overall reduction in seating capacity to its current 783 seats. The original stalls were converted to Drama, Opera and Ballet Studios. The original proscenium arch can be seen partially in the kitchen of the Theatrette, while the stalls rake is clearly visible in the main studio hallway. Above Studio 5 there is a void where much of the original ceiling fittings are still visible, while the art deco decorations from 1921 are still in place behind the upstairs Bar. The Schools and Administration moved in during September 1972. The National Theatre as it now stands was opened September 7, August 1974 with performances of The Marriage of Figaro by the Opera School, and five new ballets from the Ballet School. The majority of the Dance Schools in metropolitan Melbourne also use the National as their base for public performance, not the least of which is our own National Theatre Ballet School. Other regular hirers include schools, educational institutions, multi cultural groups and charities. Performances as varied as the musical La Cage Aux Folles and international acts Lily Tomlin have also been seen on the main stage in recent years.

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