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Shirley Burke Theatre

Jun 19, 2012
  • Article by Suters Architects
  • Photography by Emma Cross
  • Designer
  • Architect Suters

The Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Victoria, has reopened after a $1.7 million facelift designed by Suters Architects.

The refurbishment of the 84 year old theatre included an upgrade of the facade to better reflect the creative activities occurring inside the venue. The inspiration for the lightbox facade was drawn from art deco and traditional theatre imagery and classical images of cabaret theatre including spotlights and can-can dancers with fishnet tights and stilettos.

Suters worked closely with the Kingston City Council and local user groups to provide a theatre that will inspire talented artists and performers from around the country to bring their work to this bayside suburb and surrounding community.

Other restoration works included the construction of a new bar, kiosk and box office and refurbishment of performance spaces. The upgraded theatre seats 167 people and a new multi use studio space has been added. A street front gallery space is an exciting addition to the building that will host new media works.

The project was supported by the City of Kingston and the Victorian Government, through Arts Victoria.

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