Dux theatre will never be the same again

January 20, 2014

Dux House was once a silent movie theatre that screened all the black and white greats of the time. Charlie Chaplin, John Barrymore and Mae Murray all graced the screen at Dux House.

Now, one hundred years on, the old theatre is set to see drama of a different kind as our Blockheads go head to head in the most challenging series yet.

Originally built as a church in 1900, the Dux Theatre was opened on O’Grady St, Albert Park, on June 29, 1912 (just a few months after the Titanic sank).

The theatre was in an unusual area at the time because it was in a residential street, not on the main drag of Bridport St, that sits just one street over.

With a seating capacity for more than twelve hundred people including a dress circle, the theatre had a wooden floor so it could be used for dances, and a stage so plays and performances could be held there.

Dux Theatre closed in 1929, and sadly fell into disrepair. It was renovated in the 1980s and up until recently, was home to Mushroom Record group.

The 1,176 square metre warehouse is located right in the middle of Albert Park - one of Melbourne's most sought-after and affluent areas.

Less than five km south-west of the CBD, the beachside suburb combines wide, leafy tree-lined streets with trendy shops, cafes and boutiques. It also plays host to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in March.

Scott Cam says The Block redevelopment will be right at home in the beautiful historic suburb.

"We have an incredible base structure of the old Dux Theatre," he says.

"Albert Park being such an affluent and flash area, they're going to love what we're going to do here.

"We certainly haven't taken away from the style and class of Albert Park, we're going to be adding to that."


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