Meeting Report: 5th February 2024 – State Theatre Tour

On Monday 5th February, the Melbourne Section of the AES held a members-only tour of the State Theatre at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

Due to space limitations in some areas of the facility, we were limited to a maximum of 12 people. It was decided to restrict this event to members, and the quota was filled within a few days of the email notice going out.

As the venue is closing to undergo major renovations next month after 40 years of hosting world-class performances, it was seen as a good opportunity for one last look at the venue as it stands. The hope is that we can return in three years’ time post-renovations to appreciate the changes and improvements.
Our host for the evening was Nick Walker, the Arts Centre Manager of Sound and Vision.
Our AES Committee member, Rod Brown, who arranged the tour, was a founding Arts Centre A/V staff member and was also on hand to give us some interesting background on the early days of the venue, providing some details that were even news to Nick.

Group of people gathering in the Stage Door Foyer of the State Theatre
Gathering at the stage door entrance.

We assembled at the stage door lobby, where Nick explained the theatre’s history and the areas we would be visiting.

View down on the stage from the auditorium. Nick Walker describing the theatre.
In the Auditorium

He then took our group into the auditorium, describing the configuration, sound reinforcement, and lighting.

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