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A major landmark in central Adelaide, the Festival Centre is South Australia's premier theatre complex and home to the Adelaide Festival of Arts. Set on the banks of the picturesque River Torrens, this splendid arts center comprises a full proscenium arch Festival Theatre, an intimate playhouse, a versatile studio theater, an open-space performance venue, a bistro, a late-night bar and gallery space. The complex lies in close proximity to Skycity Adelaide Casino, Parliament House and the central railway station. It is also just a stone's throw from the city's major shopping precinct, Rundle Mall.
Pin Balls machines at a live music venue? Might take you by surprise but that's the deal at Jive. A former theater it went through a metamorphosis from being nightclub to a strip joint to a live music venue. The architectural design of the theater makes it easier for the performers to be seen by the audience. Jive is mostly frequented by college students as a hangout out joint after an exam or a game of football. The bar has a multitude of spirits locked up waiting to be released into shiny glasses.
Located within the Adelaide Festival Centre, Dunstan Playhouse is a theater venue. It showcases dramatics and performances by the State Theatre Company. There are 590 seats which provide a spectacular view of the stage. Combined with the brilliant acoustics, the venue is a definite joy to experience.
An eccentric little party place that refuses to be pigeon-holed, the Rhino Room always offers something new, a real gem on the local club circuit. The decor is plush, off-beat and colorful, the mood relaxed, hip and open-minded. There is no dress code but many like to get creative with their threads. Attractions include anything from stand-up comedy to live world music and, once a month, an art gallery. On most Saturdays the Rhino Room becomes a dance club, featuring house, techno and electronic pop. A decent choice of alcoholic drinks awaits you at the bar. Also be sure to be there for Thursday Comedy Nights featuring both new and old comedians.
Since its opening in 1928, TheBarton Theatre has served as a venue for events in Adelaide. One of the prime entertainment venues in the city, seldom does this theater fail to deliver a show that both entertaining and inspiring. A venue for plays, musicals, concerts and even dance performances, its schedule is packed with shows that leave its audience stunned. Besides music and theater; sports such as kickboxing and wrestling are also held here.
Seating in excess of 12,000 people, Adelaide Entertainment Centre is a huge complex that presents the biggest international shows in Adelaide. The venue has been utilized for creations as diverse as the ballet, "Swan Lake", and motocross bike racing! Old rockers on world tours, such as Kiss, Bob Dylan and Roxy Music tend to stop off here as part of their itinerary. There is a good range of nearby restaurants for pre-show dining.