Our Story

Karralyka is the premier theatre and function centre in Maroondah, and is owned and operated by Maroondah City Council. The centre opened on 19 April, 1980. The then Ringwood City Council built the Centre to respond to the important social and cultural needs of the region.

Karralyka Theatre is a modern, fully equipped venue suitable for all performance types, with tiered seating for 430, so that every view is a great view (for kids too), State-of-the–art lighting and audio systems and three large dressing rooms and a band room.

Karralyka houses three adjoining function spaces that can be used separately, or in combination, to cater for groups of 20 to 500 people. Each function space can be configured with a full range of equipment, furniture and staging, and themed to create the right setting and mood. Complementing these areas are a fully equipped commercial kitchen, dressing rooms, bar and kiosk. In addition, Council staff prepare meals from the kitchen as part of the Meals on Wheels program.

The first show presented at Karralyka was the Victorian State Opera Stars in Concert presenting "Highlights from Opera" featuring Suzanne Steele. Since then we have hosted stars of the Australian stage, both local and International. In 2014 we estimate 49,837 guests walked through our front doors, 55,000 “Meals on Wheels” were cooked, stamped, and delivered, and 21,112 people attended our theatre.

Overview

Karralyka Architecture

The architecturally award-winning building, designed by Harry Seidler (with modifications by other architects)  offers outstanding facilities and services for live theatre, corporate events, social functions, wedding receptions, conventions and exhibitions.

Harry Seidler, AC OBE (1923 – 2006) was an Austrian-born Australian architect who is considered to be one of the leading exponents of Modernism's methodology in Australia and the first architect to fully express the principles of the Bauhaus in Australia.  Bauhaus exhibited radically simplified forms, with rationality and functionality, and the idea that mass-production was reconcilable with the individual artistic spirit. Seidler designed more than 180 buildings and he received much recognition for his contribution to the architecture of Australia. He used flowing shapes and hard edges, and forced his sites onto their natural surrounds.

Karralyka Sculpture

Charles O. Perry (1929-2011) was the creator of the sculpture Cassini, an artist of many dimensions who ponders the wonderful mysteries of the universe. His large scale and monumental sculptures celebrate and question the laws of nature. His intuitive investigation of nature's variables provides the springboard for many of Perry's concepts. Believing that sculpture must stand on its own merit without need of explanation, Perry's work has an elegance of form that masks the mathematical complexity of its genesis. Cassini stands as the iconic entrance to Karralyka to this day.

Enquiries

Send an email, telephone us or visit the centre - we will be happy to assist you.

Telephone: (03) 9870 2888
Address: Mines Road, Ringwood East 3134

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Location

Karralyka Centre is just 30 minutes away from the Melbourne CBD. Ringwood train station (Belgrave and Lilydale lines) and Ringwood East train station (Lilydale line) is a 10 minute walk from the Centre.

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Parking

Free car parking is available in the grounds of the centre. Parking for disabled is available adjacent to the upper entrance off Wilson Street.

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