Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore

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The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall is a performing arts center in the Central Area of Singapore, situated along empress place. It is a complex of two buildings and a clock tower joined together by a common corridor; the oldest part of the building was first built in 1862, and the complex was completed in 1909. The complex has undergone a number of renovations and refurbishment, mostly recently in 2010 when the complex was closed for a four-year renovation project. It reopened on 15 July 2014.
The buildings in the complex have been used for a number of purposes, such as public events, political meetings, exhibitions, musical and stage performances, and for a brief period as a hospital. The concert hall is used as a performance venue by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the complex is managed by The Esplanade Co Ltd. The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall was gazetted as a national monument on 14 February 1992.
The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall first began as the Town Hall in 1862. In the early 1900s a second public hall was built next to it joined by a clock tower to form a larger complex.
Town Hall originThe Town Hall was originally built to replace the older Assembly Rooms, where local operas and dramas were held but had fallen into disrepair. The foundation stone was laid in 1855, and the building completed in 1862.
The building was designed by the Municipal Engineer, John Bennett. It was built during an era of Victorian Revivalism that was then popular in Britain, and its design therefore reflected this architectural style with Italianate windows, and it was the first such building in Singapore built in this style. The completed town hall originally housed a theatre on the ground floor as well as meeting rooms and offices of various government agencies on the second floor. It also housed the Singapore Library from 1862 to 1876. However, the town hall was unable to cope with increasing demand for the use of both, and by 1893, the offices had moved out of the building. The increase in population has resulted in higher demand for entertainment too. Subsequently, the Town Hall was mainly used by the rich for entertainment and an important meeting arena.
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  • The colonial quarter is dominated by these Victorian styled British buildings and one of the best is the theater. Now we did not get to go inside but we admired it from nearly every place we did...  more »
  • A good landmark of Singapore to visit, it houses a good couple of auditoriums that we recently brought the tot to to catch The Gruffalo, a children’s play. Seats were clean with children booster...  more »

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