15 November 2021

Arts Centre Melbourne's State Theatre will undergo its most significant refurbishment since it was built – improving accessibility, making seating more comfortable and upgrading acoustics, as part of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project.

This will include upgrades to back of house facilities, new rehearsal spaces and two new loading docks. The theatre's technology will be overhauled with new state-of-the-art lighting, sound system upgrades and new live streaming capabilities. Important works will also be carried out on the Theatres Building’s uniquely engineered foundation and basement structure, upgrading decades-old corrosion prevention systems.

The Government is fast-tracking investment in the project to reduce disruption to the creative calendar and bring more performances to the stage sooner.