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Crown Entertainment Complex

Located on the southern bank of the Yarra River, the Crown Entertainment Complex is the largest combined casino and entertainment complex of its kind in Australia. Spread over approximately 9 ha of prime central city land, Crown houses an extraordinary assortment of facilities including themed betting and gambling spaces, bars and restaurants, retail outlets, multiplex cinema, showroom, nightclubs and hotel rooms. Since its spectacular official opening in May 1997, Crown has, for supporters and critics alike, functioned as a barometer of the economic, political and social wellbeing of Melbourne. More specifically, in a city typically characterised as conservative - and in a State where legal gambling sites were, until the 1990s, relatively restricted - the opening of Crown marked a significant cultural change.

Brian Morris