Gotye, Stereophonics throw support behind Melbourne’s Palace
One of the world’s biggest pop stars has joined the fight to keep Melbourne’s The Palace Theatre alive.
Triple Grammy-winner Gotye has thrown his support behind a campaign to stop a proposed 30-storey development on The Palace’s current Bourke Street premises. Tweeting to his 377,000 followers, he described the venue as “one of Melbourne’s live music institutions”, urging his fans to sign an online petition, which has attracted some 17,000 signatures since going live on Sunday night.
— gotye (@gotye) July 9, 2013
Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones has also joined the fight. The Welsh outfit is set to play a double night stint at The Palace on July 21 and 23. “It would indeed be a real shame [if it closed],” said Jones. “I’m sure it’s something that the band will hear about when they are there. In the meantime, I have signed it personally to get one more signature on the petition. We need to keep these great historical music venues for future generations!”
As reported last Friday, a proposal has been put to the Department of Planning to have The Palace demolished and replaced by a 205-room “W Hotel” and 145 apartments. But Victoria’s Planning Minister Matthew Guy said he will not approve a development at the proposed height. “The developer is dreaming if he thinks the government is going to approve this in the form in which it has been submitted,” he told ABC News on Saturday. “It is too tall, it is in the wrong location.”
The minister’s office said they’d be making no further comment on the matter when contacted this week by FL.
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The Palace timeline:
1912: The Palace opened as Brennans Amphitheatre but only lasted under that name for just a week before new management took over to run the theatre as The National.
1916: Adopted the name The Palace for the first time.
1929: Converted into a cinema under the name The New Palace.
1934: Renamed The Apollo.
1940: Renamed The St James.
1951: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer took over the cinema and renamed it Metro Burke St.
1971-72: Thirty-nine week season of the musical Hair.
1974: Returns to Palace name.
1980: Sold and set for demolition before being saved by the Melbourne revivalist church.
1987: Reopens as the Metro nightclub after a multimillion dollar refurbishment.
2007: Property developer Jerry Pilarinos shifted his Palace Entertainment Complex from St Kilda to Bourke Street. Pilarinos battled the State Government for two years to keep the venue in St Kilda, but he was driven out before the venue burned down.