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Palais Theatre


Restored to revitalise its glorious history and provide an enhanced audience experience, this extraordinary heritage building has outstanding acoustics for opera. Take advantage of the beachside location and nearby restaurants before stepping into the Palais Theatre’s foyer and marveling at the ornate atmospheric theatre style.

The Palais Theatre website features detailed information on planning your journey, seating details, and venue accessibility.

Accessibility & Safety

Accessible Parking

There are accessible parking spots available on Cavell Street. Access is via Jacka Boulevard or The Esplanade. See Map.

Please note: Lower Esplanade is currently closed for forecourt upgrades. This will create a better experience for all, including drop off and pickup points. For further information on the latest updates, please visit City of Port Phillip

Cars displaying a Category 1 disabled parking permit (blue permit) are exempt from paying City of Port Phillip parking fees.

If you are being dropped off at the theatre, passengers can alight vehicles on Cavell Street.

Accessibility Bookings

Ticketmaster on 1300 446 925 if you need to talk to a Customer Service Representative about your Accessible Booking/Tickets. Current Service Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm AEST ONLY. This phone number is reserved for patrons with accessibility requirements and companion cardholders.

More information can be found here.

Seating Details

Seating maps and information

There are three different sections to select from in the venue. They are the Orchestra, Stalls, and Lounge.

Ground Level

The ground floor is raked (has an incline) towards the stage and the stage is raked towards the audience creating a feeling of being much closer than seats appear on the map.

Orchestra seating is located on the ground level in the front half of the auditorium, directly behind the original orchestra pit. The front row is A and the back row is Q.
Stalls seating is located on the ground level directly behind the Orchestra. The front row is A and the back row is W.

Level 1

Lounge seating is the front section of Level. The front row is A and the back row is M. It is a traditional seated area, however the seats are slightly wider than the Orchestra, Stalls and Dress Circle.

As the Lounge balcony is very low, the Venue enforces a no standing policy at all times.

Getting There


Palais Theatre
Cnr Lower Esplanade and Cavell Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182 

Next to Luna Park

Important information for your visit to the Palais Theatre:

Important information for your visit to the Palais Theatre:

The Forecourt (front of venues) of both the Palais Theatre and Luna Park will be upgraded between January and August 2024.

These upgrade works are being undertaken by the City of Port Phillip and will deliver a significant enhancement to the Palais Theatre via a purposely built forecourt that will include a larger footprint, new landscaping, new surfaces, seating, lighting, patron drop off/pickup points and a range of security enhancements.

These works may cause some minor disruptions in relation to changing access pathways and potentially slower entry times to the Venue. Please allow plan your journey to allow plenty of time to to access the venue.

More information can be found via the City of Port Phillip website.


There are many parking options just a short stroll from the Palais Theatre including:

  • St Kilda Triangle Car Park, Marine Parade (1 minute)
  • Luna Park – 23 Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda (3 minutes)
  • Acland Street Shops – 2 Belford Street, St Kilda (6 minutes)
  • Acland Court – 183 Barkly Street St Kilda (8 minutes)
  • St Kilda Sea Baths – 10 Jacka Boulevard (5 minutes)
  • Marine Parade Carpark – Marine Parade (7 minutes)
  • Jackson Street – 36 Jackson Street, St Kilda (9 minutes)
  • Metropol – 64 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda (14 minutes)

Almost all parking in St Kilda, including on-street, is paid parking. So please check for signage and bring your credit card or change.

Patrons are responsible for checking ticket machines at time of the parking ticket purchase. Don’t forget to check closing times of undercover car parks.

Note: Saturdays and Sundays are particularly busy in St Kilda with daytime visitors so please take this into account when planning your trip.

Live Traffic Reports VICROADS.


A designated taxi rank is located on Acland Street near the Carlisle Street intersection. Take Tram 16 to Acland Street

Public Transport


Sandringham Line to Balaclava Station – Cnr Carlisle Street and William Place, Balaclava. Take Tram 16 to Acland Street.


Trams that stop in front of the Palais Theatre stop number 138: 16, 3a, 96


Bus routes that include a stop near Palais Theatre: 246, 600/922/923, 606, 623

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