Melbourne Festival Hall

Festival Hall, Melbourne

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Festival Hall is Melbourne was the place to be seen and the venue of many a sell out sports or entertainment event for decades.

Probably 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.

Festival Hall was built by John Wren in 1915.

Rebuilt in 1956 after being burnt down the year before, it was the Olympic Games venue for gymnastics and wrestling.

In the 1950s and 1960s it became an entertainment centre, with famous appearances including Bill Haley, Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.

By the 1990s it had been overtaken by more spectacular venues, but the Wren family remained in ownership.

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