Festival Hall, Melbourne
of the Month: Sam Kekovich
Hall is Melbourne was the place to be seen and
the venue of many a sell out sports or entertainment
event for decades.
best known for staging professional wrestling and
boxing matches, many a riot started at The Hall, and
some even spilled into the street and parking lot.
Hall was built by John Wren in 1915.
in 1956 after being burnt down the year before, it
was the Olympic Games venue for gymnastics and wrestling.
the 1950s and 1960s it became an entertainment centre,
with famous appearances including Bill Haley, Frank
Sinatra and the Beatles.
the 1990s it had been overtaken by more spectacular
venues, but the Wren family remained in ownership.
online - Melbourne Festival Hall
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