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Once a ticket was purchased, a patron would venture fur-
             ther into the building, towards the foyer with its swirling
             ceiling above the first sho11 flight of stairs.  For those bead-
             ing to the stalls, wide curved steps lead to the entrance of
             the  auditorium  past  vases of freshly  cut flowers  and  an
             ornate, yet modernistic support which is past at the front
             of the stalls entrance and  the stairs  to  the  upper foyers.
             The  ceiling above  the  stairs gives  a  tunnel-like  impres-
             sion but is cleverly lit through  indi1·ect lighting to make it

                                                               Back to the foyer,  it is now time for patrons of the dearer
                                                               seats to climb the curved staircase and through the spiral-
                                                               ling ceiling that compliments the barrel vaulted foyer.

             The stalls area  has  its  own spaciousness,  partly  contrib-
             uted by an opening to  the foyers above. It was clear that
             the  architects  were  aware that  the  seats  underneath  the
             balconies can give a patron a  claustrophobic feeling and
             the incorporation of this feahJre goes a long way in resolv-
             ing this problem.  This attribute was used effectively in a
             number of theatres including ·The Palais' in  St.  Kilda.

                                                              This  foyer,  complete  with  ornate fire  place and  vaulted
                                                               rectangular ceiling, greeted the patrons who were waiting
                                                               to gain admission to  the auditorium.  The plasterwork of
                                                               the supporting columns connects the ceiling with the floor
                                                               through a common theme.  It is in somewhat of a contrast
             The ceiling of the back stalls/lower foyer consists of stepped   with  the above forementioned fit:eplace  and grand piano,
             rectangles that are lit to highlight the plasterwork. This in   which  may  seem  to  be  more  akin  to  more  classical
             some way compensates for the limited  view of the mag-  surroundings.  Both styles, remarkably, do not compete.  It
             nificent ceiling, the centrepiece of the theatre. Set into the   provides surrounding wher e  one can  contemplate the
             ceiling of the balcony floor, are intricate lights of coloured   entertaim11ent to come as well as purchase refreshments.
             glass, said to resemble the paintings of Paul Klee. Ironi-
             cally  the cheaper seats have a  better view of the audito-  An  upper foyer, reached by a set of stairs on  the opposite
             rium  ceiling, although  this  is  balanced  by the less than   side of the one described above, contains seating and at its
             optimum view of the screen.                      centre is  the space above the back stalls.

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