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Old November 19th, 2019, 10:54 PM   #21
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The first Premier Building in Melbourne, Collins Street, southern side near Swanston Street ~ 1880s.

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Old November 20th, 2019, 05:32 AM   #22
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I went to the old Tiv as a very young boy I remember the the top tier nicknamed "the Gods"was very steep I actually crawled up the steps thinking I would fall over backwards.

The Theatre was rebuilt for the 1956 Olympics but it wasnt the same atmosphere and closed as a live theatre in 1966 they then tried to turn it into a cinema but it burnt down (old timers say it died of shame)in 1967 replaced by Tivoli Arcade.
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the Premier building was 88ft high and completed early 1887.
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Old November 20th, 2019, 09:42 AM   #24
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I went to the old Tiv as a very young boy I remember the the top tier nicknamed "the Gods"was very steep I actually crawled up the steps thinking I would fall over backwards.
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Shot of the Tivoli Theatre interior with the top steep tier from 1955.



Crowds outside the front of the Tivoli Theatre in 1949.

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Must have been an important show at the TIV as the Governor of Victoria General Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks, KCB CMG DSO in in the front row under the flag
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Before it was the Tivoli Theatre it was the Opera House.
How it looked soon after completion in 1901.



Rendering of the Opera House that was designed in a Moorish style by William Pitt who had also designed the Princess Theatre on Spring Street.

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Here is the full history of the Tivoli from Cinema treasures

The Tivoli Theatre was built on the site of the Opera House. It was designed in a French Renaissance style designed by architectural firm Backhouse & Co and William Pitt of Sydney. It opened on 18th May 1901 as Rickards New Opera House, with British music hall star Marie Lloyd topping the bill. W.C. Fields appeared there in 1903. In 1910 Harry Houdini appeared for a weeks' engagement.

In 1914 it was re-named Tivoli Theatre.
In 1921 it presented its first film “What Women Love” starring Annette Kellerman, but cinema use only lasted a few months and it reverted back to variety theatre use. In 1924 the Tivoli Theatre became part of the J.C. Williamson circuit until 1932. Many top stars appeared on stage over the years.

On 4th August 1956 the Tivoli Theatre was closed to be remodelled into a ‘modern’ theatre. Seating was provided for 1,442 with 662 in the stalls, 300 in the circle and 452 in the upper circle. The boxes seated 40.
It re-opened on 1st November 1956 with “Olympic Follies” starring Richard Hearne. More big name stars appeared in the late-1950’s and early-1960’s including George Formby, Tommy Trinder, Winifred Atwell, Shirley Bassey, Tommy Steele and Sophie Tucker. It closed as a theatre on 2nd April 1966 with a special ‘Gala Night’.

The Tivoli Theatre then became a cinema, but was severely damaged by a fire on 5th April 1967 and the remains were demolished in late-1967. An office block and shopping arcade named Tivoli Arcade now stands on the site.
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Spring Street ~ 1880s.

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Treasury Place on Spring Street ~ 1950s.

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William Street looking south from Bourke Street ~ 1890s.

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Before there was the Spencer Street Bridge, there was the Spencer Street Steam Ferry. Photo taken in 1880.

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The Yarra Docks in 1967.

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Excavation of Coode Canal in 1887.



Map showing both the canal and the outline of Coode Island that was formed when Coode Canal was completed. It remained an island until the 1930s.

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This one's for Papps and Redbaron_012.

Former BHP House, 140 William Street ~ 1972.
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Collins Street in 1935.

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Postcard of Collins Street between Queen and Elizabeth Streets ~ 1900s.

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West end of Collins Street ~ 1910s.

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Postcard of Bourke Street ~ 1900s.

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Postcard of Bourke Street ~ late 1930s.

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Postcard of Bourke Street ~ 1940s.

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