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Coopers long Victorian history

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I spent the weekend in Southbank, Melbourne. Across the road from my apartment I spotted this grand old building, the Coopers Malthouse. It's a performing arts theatre with a cafe and bar.
Being a South Australian and knowing Coopers are a SA business, I was puzzled how this could be a historical Coopers site.
A little Googling shed some light:
It was originally a malthouse for Castlemaine Brewery and built in 1892. A few more changes of ownership over the following century and it ceased operations in the 1970s. In 1986 it's owners CUB donated the fairly derelict site to the Playbox Theatre group to use as their cultural home. After 4 years of fundraising and construction it re-opend as the CUB Malthouse Theatre in 1990. In 2014 it was renamed the Coopers Matlhouse Theatre and this is how Coopers created a "century" of history in Melbourne. 😉 
I ventured inside. A beautiful, rustic venue. It was early morning so the bar was closed unfortunately but the cafe was doing a nice trade.

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