Chapter 8
Accessing Melbourne
Kino Cinema
45 Collins St, Collins Place, Kino Cinema (9650 2100). Well regarded for
screening arthouse and alternative movies.
Access: Access from Collins St is via the driveway for the Sofitel Hotel and
down the lift to Lower Ground. Kino ticket office is then down a long, steep
ramp (15.6%), to a cafe/bar area, then another ramp (14%) to the cinema and
booking office.
Shaft Cinema
264 Swanston St, Shaft Cinema (9663 3729). Screens sex movies and shows.
Access: Access is from Swanston St Walk via two short grades.
The Victorian Arts Centre
100 St Kilda Rd, The Victorian Arts Centre (9281 8000).
Guided tours: M F 12 & 2.30pm, Sat 10.30am & 12, Sun 2.30pm backstage
only, adults $9, child/concession $6.50 & family $20, take visitors through the
performing arts complex, into all available theatres, some may be in use, with a
commentary on the design, decoration and architecture of the complex.
The Victorian Arts Centre is located just over Princess Bridge from the city and
consists of two buildings; the circular Melbourne Concert Hall and theatres;
State, Playhouse and George Fairfax. The Theatres building was constructed
with only five of its ten levels above ground. The Concert Hall was completed in
1982 and State Theatre in 1984 from a design based on Australia's mineral
wealth, by architect Sir Roy Grounds. The theatres provide a fascinating and
accessible tour. A major feature is the wire spire, a Melbourne landmark
inspired by a ballerina's tutu, which changes colours at night.
Access: Two disabled persons car parking spaces are available on St Kilda Rd.
Alternatively park in the basement carpark where there are many dedicated
spaces on the upper car park level. This becomes Level 5 in the centre. Your
entry from St Kilda Rd is flat to Level 6 (ground) which contains the shop and
departure point for tours. Access to performances is available in all theatres.
There are several seating options. Unisex accessible toilets are available. The

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