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Bates, Smart and McCutcheon 1961
Kingston City Hall (originally Moorabbin Town Hall), is a post-war modernist building by architects Bates, Smart and McCutcheon. Features include a prominent clock tower, 1000-person capacity Grand Hall, Banquet Room, and largely intact fixtures and fittings. It has also been the home of the 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ since 1970, one of the largest theatre organs to be bought into Australia.
As part of Open House Melbourne, Kingston City Hall will open all its doors for the first time in 60 years, inviting you to satisfy your curiosity and embark on a fascinating journey within its walls. Discover the architectural brilliance of this post-war modernist marvel, lovingly crafted in 1961. Engage with the foyers, auditorium, stage, and backstage areas to unlock a deeper understanding of this architectural legacy nestled within Kingston.
And let's not forget the crown jewel—the Grand Hall, showcasing the resplendent 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ, and the harmonious collaboration it has with the building’s architecture. Lose yourself as you imagine AC/DC rocking out to a packed house under the same roof. Staff will be available to talk about the Hall’s history and the future Kingston Arts Precinct Masterplan.
Face painting and roving performers will be on site - visit kingstonarts.com.au for more information
Images: (1) Kingston City Hall, street view. Photo: courtesy of City of Kingston. (2) Kingston City Hall Mighty Wurlitzer and piano. Photo: courtesy of Kingston Arts. (3) Kingston City Hall. Regurgitator performance. Photo: courtesy of Kingston Arts. (4) Kingston City Hall, street view before Regurgitator performance. Photo: courtesy of Kingston Arts. (5) Kingston City Hall, Lounge Bar. Photo: courtesy of Kingston Arts. (6) Kingston City Hall. Banquet Room. Photo: courtesy of Kingston Arts, (7) Kingston City Hall, architects drawing. Photo: courtesy of City of Kingston. (8) Kingston City Hall, building model. Photo: courtesy of City of Kingston. (9) Kingston City Hall, street view, c1980s. Photo: courtesy of City of Kingston.
Time & Date
Saturday 29 July
Open access 10am-3pm
Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ performances at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm + 2.30pm
Winter Pop Up Bar 5pm-9pm
Live music, food trucks + winter treats
No bookings required
Enter via front doors on Nepean Highway. Moorabbin Station is a two-minute walk (check for disruptions). Bus routes 824, 825, 811 and 812 stop outside the precinct. Parking available under Kingston City Hall and surrounding streets.
Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access
985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin VIC 3189