The general manager of Melbourne’s Palais Theatre (cap. 2,890) in St Kilda Mark Graham is to leave the position at the end of May, and is taking up a role outside the music industry.
Graham joined the theatre in August 2016, shortly after Live Nation Australia (LNA) was awarded the 30-year lease to run the venue (see Audience issue 198).
He was previously manager of Kyneton Racing Club and spent 25 years as the event operations manager for the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, which operates venues such as the Rod Laver Arena (14,800).
“I am very comfortable that the business is very well positioned for the future with an excess of 90 shows already contracted this year and we are only in the fourth month,” says Graham.
As part of the lease, LNA agreed to undertake A$7.3 million (US$5.5m) in redevelopment work at the 90-year-old venue, within the first five years and pay the council an annual rent of A$875,000 (US$661,750).
No replacement for Graham had been announced as Audience went to press.
Acts playing the Palais include Belle and Sebastian, Europe and Boney M.