In a few weeks time I'm running a Writing Memoirs group for Seniors Week/Month and part of that will involve looking at photos of the past to trigger memory, such as this article about the Palais where all the young people used go dancing.
To see the pictures go to http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/picture-the-past-dancing-the-night-away-at-geelongs-1960s-live-music-venues/story-fnjuhovy-1227537273146
Picture the Past: Dancing the night away at
Geelong’s 1960s live music venues
Square dancing at the
Palais Royal. Picture: Argus Collection
•GEELONG’s Palais theatre on
Moorabool St hill was one of the city’s few live music venues in the 1960s.
Some would remember such names as singers Barry Crocker, Frankie Davidson and
John Newman (not the footballer) who got their start there.But among the acts to appear at the Palais back then were the
Allen Brothers, featuring none other than The Boy From Oz Peter Allen, whose
life was also the subject of a miniseries Not the Boy Next Door which concluded on Sunday night on
Singer Peter Allen with his partner
Allen Brothers comprised Allen and his offsider Chris Bell, and they appeared
back in the days when brothers Don and Laurie Slack ran the Palais. The Slacks
sold it in 1972.
Palais Royal opened its doors in 1926 and some of the materials used in its
construction came from the former Joy Ark dance hall which was built out over
Corio Bay at Eastern Beach. The parquetry dance floor was said to have been one
of the biggest in Australia.
Palais was also used as a cinema, but its boom years were from the 1940s to the
World War II it attracted many Australian and American servicemen stationed
here and dances were held four nights a week.
late ’40s was the era of the big bands, and the Palais was the place to go in
Geelong to hear bands playing covers of the big names such as Glenn Miller.
Taylor Big Band played at the Palais in the early 1960s, as did the Levis, who
formed in 1962.
came Grasshopper with Greg Bee on guitar and vocals.
days the parquetry holds tables lined up for bingo sessions, although there are
plans to redevelop it into an entertainment complex with a theatre and function