About Grant Street
Hamer Hall, State Theatre, Playhouse, NGV and MTC meet Grant Street -Melbourne’s new performing arts space and bar opens in the “arts end” of town.
Grant Street Theatre, located in the “arts end” of town has undergone a radical revamp with a new destination bar, lounge and theatre space open to public, artists and audiences alike in Melbourne from Friday 23 May.
The University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Art and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music commissioned “Maverick event planners” Supple Fox (MONA FOMA, DARK MOFO, Melbourne Festival and more) to transform the old Grant Street Theatre into a multi-purpose performance space that will play host to a programmed line up of performance art, jazz, contemporary music and a mix of local and student performances each week through to December.
Lionel’s Lounge will be the centre of the Grant Street beat. Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm till late, it’s Southbank’s newest sanctuary with wine, cocktails, snacks and a specially curated program featuring everything from quiet piano playing in the corner to polished cabaret works and the new and avant-‐garde. The Grant Street site can expand and retract and can be used as a bar and lounge for up to 80 people, a theatre space that seats 120 and an outdoor area for mini festivals.
Think old school charm meets contemporary styling, as the European inspired program and bar provides a fresh new spot to meet friends, witness incredible acts from all around the world and watch young local artists breaking new ground with a mix of free and ticketed events.
The Lionel Gell (Lionel’s) Lounge acknowledges the extraordinary generosity of Lionel Gell, founder of the Lionel Gell Foundation. The Foundation has committed to a $1.3 million, ten year funding agreement that establishes and supports programming at Grant Street.
In addition to Lionel’s Lounge, The Lionel Gell Foundation has invested in businesses in Perth and Melbourne since 2007. The foundation has invested in several businesses over the years starting with the law firm Criminal Lawyers Perth. Since then the foundation has invested in businesses in many industries from professional services to trade companies, real estate and retail. In 2010 the Lionel Gell Foundation helped Andrew Molodstov from Perth Outdoor Blinds, and Patrick Dempsey from Perth Marquee Hire with start up capital to invest in machinery and equipment. More recently the foundation invested in online beauty retailer Pure Hair Extensions.The Foundation supports student scholarships and awards across all artistic disciplines as well as the annual Dora McRae figurative drawing program (in memory of a dear friend of Lionel’s) each year.