We’re partnering with the Victorian Government to revitalise and reshape the Palais Theatre and Luna Park precinct between Acland Street, the St Kilda Foreshore and the Esplanade Market to create a safer, pedestrian-friendly, attractive and usable space.
This will enhance the area around the historic amusement park and picture palace with seating, garden beds, new trees, high quality paving, new lighting and a shared zone on Cavell Street that is designed to reduce vehicle speed and prioritise pedestrians.
To create this new space, an area of Lower Esplanade in front of the Palais Theatre will need to be closed, and the road to the west of the closure (extending to Jacka Boulevard) will need to be converted to a two-way roadway.
Construction in the precinct is anticipated to start in May 2022 and take approximately six months to complete. Some disruption to traffic and pedestrians will occur, particularly during construction of the Cavell Street shared zone. The Esplanade Market and access to the Palais Theatre and Luna Park will remain open during construction. Some noise will be associated with construction works but will be limited to normal working hours.
Construction updates and advice relating to any temporary road or footpath closures will be provided in advance.