This theatre and gallery space is probably the least secretive on the list, given it stages some of the city’s most lauded and popular work (their recent production of Angels in America was a hit, even if it won a scandalously inadequate number of Green Room awards). But it does fulfil that classic Melbourne vibe by disguising itself as a toilet and burying itself several floors underground. It’s also ludicrously impressive once you’re down there.
It might seem that hiding your theatres and galleries in out-of-the-way places would be bad for business – given the size and dominance of the NGV, or the Princess and Regent theatres, it’s a sentiment previous architects and impresarios clearly agreed with. And of course Melbourne's famous street art is about as visible as you can get.
But it turns out hiding your bushel can be very good for arts and showbusiness, not to mention cultural caché. Here are some of the harder to find theatres and galleries dotted inconspicuously around the city.
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