The notorious 1920s gangster Squizzy Taylor met his beautiful accomplice and wife, Ida Pender, at the Palais de Danse. Originally it would have been the dance hall located on the current Palais Theatre site and then in 1925 the new Palais de Danse next door. One of Melbourne’s best known highsteppers and jazzers, Squizzy was frequently seen in smart suits at the dance hall. Ida Pender was known as ‘Jazz Baby’, because of her obsession with dancing at the Palais de Danse.

The notorious 1920s gangster Squizzy Taylor met his beautiful accomplice and wife, Ida Pender, at the Palais de Danse. Originally it would have been the dance hall located on the current Palais Theatre site and then in 1925 the new Palais de Danse next door. One of Melbourne’s best known highsteppers and jazzers, Squizzy was frequently seen in smart suits at the dance hall. Ida Pender was known as ‘Jazz Baby’, because of her obsession with dancing at the Palais de Danse.

1915 Palais de Danse Pictures - 1st picture theatre on Palais Theatre site.

1915 Palais de Danse Pictures - 1st picture theatre on Palais Theatre site.

Palais Theatre during construction c1926.

Palais Theatre during construction c1926.

Luna Park and Palais Theatre from the air.

Luna Park and Palais Theatre from the air.

1925 Walter Burley Griffin designed Palais Pictures during construction. It burnt down soon after construction and was replaced in 1927 by the current Palais Theatre building.

1925 Walter Burley Griffin designed Palais Pictures during construction. It burnt down soon after construction and was replaced in 1927 by the current Palais Theatre building.

Swan Lake, Victorian Ballet Guild, Palais Theatre, 1962

Swan Lake, Victorian Ballet Guild, Palais Theatre, 1962

Palais Pictures, c.1930s. Downstairs auditorium (Orchestra seating) featuring original draping and decoration.

Palais Pictures, c.1930s. Downstairs auditorium (Orchestra seating) featuring original draping and decoration.

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