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Ballarat Civic Hall
Ranked #63 of 67 things to do in Ballarat
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I'm an old man. Sure the place has nostalgic memories of good times past, but these have faded as has the building.

It was built in the 50's when cash was hard to come by. It has had wasted on it god knows how much on speculative plans for more than 10 years. Acoustically, it was not good. I suspect the concrete floor was not good for dancers' feet.

The noisy minority have maintained it so far. I say demolish it as soon as possible and get on with remaking a vital area of the city

Thank KennethFarnsworth
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

This place should have been demolished years ago. A loud minority want to preserve this monstrosity for ridiculous nostalgia reasons e.g I met my wife there. It has no historical or architectural merit and should be flattened

Thank John W
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

I am one of the few people to have had access to the inside of the Auditorium over the last few years. I created an exhibition In The Breath of Ghosts for the Foto Biennalle that took place in the space. It is an amazing series of halls, and bars, and everything that a big entertainment site needs.
The place should be an architectural competition to really do something with it. The Architect group who have run the consultation, have met their brief...time to take the 'what we want' and call in the big guns!
Go have a look and a think...about architecture...about the future of the site...could be genius.

1  Thank doclisa
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

There has been much conjecture about the future of this period building but one must pay some gratitude to the turnaround this building has made - It's gone from a squatters run down paradise to a thriving art haven where I've been able to take in the art deco and historical perspectives this building offers mixed with periodic and innovative art installations I'd suggest it's worth a look!
Uncertain what they'll do with it and I'm most certainly ok with the site being redeveloped into public space as the one thing that should never be removed is the often unrealised potential this area affords as valuable public space that can present art and host events and activities all offering somewhere for some downtime.

1  Thank BBRJJ
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

What a wonderful hall, lots of potential. Our daughter made her
debut in it. Lots of dances have also been held in it. Needs to be restored

1  Thank Gloria C
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