Palais de Danse 1913-1920
Advertisement for the Commonwealth 7th war loan on the Palais de Danse, St Kilda, Melbourne, 1918
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Several venues named the Palais have stood on the same site in St. Kilda.
The first was the Palais de Danse, a dance pavilion which opened in 1913. Built by the Philips brothers, three Americans who owned neighboring Luna Park, the Palais de Danse was a dance hall until the onset of World War I, when it was converted into a cinema.
The picture theatre was such a success that the Phillips brothers decided to expand. In 1920, the Palais de Danse structure was dismantled and re-erected next door, where it resumed life as a dance hall.