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Old Geelong CourtHouse

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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published June 24th 2014
Geelong Arts Precinct continued . . .

Part Two - the Old Geelong CourtHouse

The Old Geelong CourtHouse was just that - the old or original Geelong Court House, operating as a Court House, with judges, court rooms, hearings, sentencing, etc. Geelong now boasts a new, ultra modern court house which is located on Gordon Avenue, beside the Geelong Railway Station.

I have already written a review about the Geelong Art Gallery. Following in the same vein, I intend to write about some of the other buildings within the Geelong Arts Precinct. Geelong really does have a lot to offer - not only to visitors to our fair town, but also to local and new residents.

The old Geelong Courthouse, refurbished
The old Geelong Courthouse, refurbished

Courthouse ARTS

At the Geelong CourtHouse you can get involved in CourtHouse ARTS, which is a place where young people from ages 12 to 26 can get involved in music, theatre, dance and art.

Interior of the old Geelong Courthouse
Interior of the old Geelong Courthouse


Aimed at youth, the CourtHouse ARTS allows young people to come together to learn about art and artistic ways, to gain industry skills, and to connect with other like minded people.

Within the CourtHouse ARTS facility there is rehearsal space, a theatre, and a dedicated gallery. It is said to be "a destination where you can be who you want to be and not be judged".

What's On?

During the July School Holidays, CourtHouse ARTS is offering a 2 day workshop by Wayne Jury called Blues Boot Camp. At the time of writing this article I couldn't find a definite date for this workshop. If you're interested in attending this workshop you can phone (03) 5224 2815 or email CourtHouse ARTS for dates and more information.

Also in July you can join James Pratt in a weekly investigation of Adolescence.

Workshops : Wednesdays 4.00pm 7.00pm (from July 16)

Performance : Friday 19 September

This is FREE for Courthouse ARTS Members. Membership to CourtHouse ARTS for people aged under 26 years is $10.00 per calendar year.

CourtHouse ARTS also has a facebook web page with more information and lots of interesting photos.

Another Theatre company that is housed within the old Geelong Courthouse is Back to Back Theatre, a company with a bold vision, a special voice and extraordinary creativity.

Courthouse Cafe & Corporate Catering is also located within the original Geelong Courthouse.

The Courthouse Cafe provides meals and coffee with dining indoors within the old courthouse hallways, and dining outside on a low balcony, that provides outdoor dining, yet still off the street and pavement.

Upstairs in the old Geelong Courthouse
Upstairs in the old Geelong Courthouse


The Courthouse Cafe also does catering. They provide wholesome healthy food and also deliver for your function.

Within the Courthouse Cafe area you can enjoy a full breakfast and lunch menu. There are also spaces for meetings and functions, with gallery space available.

The Courthouse Cafe menu is available online or just walk in off the street and peruse the menu. The catering menu is also available online. There is a large range of wraps and healthy food to take away or to enjoy inside or outside the cafe. There is plenty of fresh coffee and homemade cakes and slices.

Being central to Geelong, the Courthouse Cafe can be quite busy at lunchtime, and the layout of the tables and chairs (inside) means that sometimes it is quite noisy. The staff are friendly and the service is great.

Courthouse Cafe logo
Courthouse Cafe logo


Below are two of the menu choices showing a definite courtroom flavour:

The Grand Jury Beef Burger served with chips, bacon, fried egg, fresh grated beetroot onion and cos lettuce topped with tomato relish $9.50

Jailbird Chicken Schnitzel roll or sandwich with avocado, swiss cheese, herby mayo and salad mix $9.50

You can phone the Courthouse Cafe on (03) 5224 1588 to speak to the friendly staff about your catering needs, or you can log on to their website Courthouse Cafe website or view the Corporate Catering menu here.

Courtyard dining at Courthouse Cafe
Courtyard dining at Courthouse Cafe


Courthouse ARTS and Courthouse Cafe and Corporate Catering are located inside the Old Geelong Courthouse at the corner of Little Malop & Gheringhap Streets, Geelong.

Courthouse ARTS
60 Little Malop Street, Geelong
Phone: (03) 5224 2815
Website: Courthouse ARTS

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Images courtesy of Courthouse ARTS and Courthouse Cafe
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Phone: (03) 5224 2815
Where: 60 Little Malop St, Geelong
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