Wootton Talks Tinseltown Trailblazers: TONY CURTIS: Screen Legend to Painter

Wootton Talks Tinseltown Trailblazers: TONY CURTIS: Screen Legend to Painter

120 mins
Thu 9 Aug 5:15 PM
Roadshow Theatrette
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access

General Admission

With a six-decade career spanning more than 100 films, Tony Curtis (1925–2010) was one of the great Hollywood stars emerging from the turbulent 1950s, who worked with the biggest directors of the day, including Stanley Kubrick, Stanley Kramer and Billy Wilder.

After debuting in frothy costume epics, Curtis made indelible impressions in films tackling serious subjects – such as Sweet Smell of Success (1957) and his Oscar-nominated turn opposite Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1959) – as well as classic comedies such as Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe (1959) and Operation Petticoat with Cary Grant (1959). He also appeared in beloved 1970s TV series The Persuaders with Roger Moore.

While chronicling Curtis’s long life – which included overcoming childhood poverty and adult addictions; marrying six times and fathering six children (including actress Jamie Lee Curtis); and becoming a surrealist painter in later life – Wootton also recounts his own 2008 interview with Curtis.

Roadshow Theatrette

Entry via LaTrobe St, State Library Victoria
328 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

The Village Roadshow Theatrette is a state-of-the-art, fully appointed fixed-seat theatrette.

Box Office

There is no Box Office at this venue, please pre-book your tickets.

Public Transport

Melbourne Central Train Station is located within Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, directly opposite the State Library on Swanston Street.
Tram stops are located outside the Library on both Swanston and La Trobe Streets.

Go to ptv.vic.gov.au for public transport information.

Physical Access

The Village Roadshow Theatrette is accessible to wheelchair users from entry 3 on La Trobe Street, past Mr Tulk.

To arrange a courtesy wheelchair to use within the Library, ask one of the security staff in the Library foyer. (Staff aren't available to push wheelchairs.)

Map of The State Library


Wheelchair Accessible Seating

There are four wheelchair spaces.


Accessible Toilet

There are separate male and female toilets for people with a disability:

  • behind the Keith Murdoch Gallery
  • in the locker area
  • beside the lifts at the rear of the Information Centre
  • next to the Journals & Magazines room on level 2a.


There are designated on-street Disabled Parking Bays available at the following locations:

Latrobe Street

Between Queen and Elizabeth

1 space, 2 hours


Between Swanston and Russell

3 spaces, 2 hours

Little Lonsdale Street   

Between Spencer and King

1 space, 4 hours


Between Queen and Elizabeth

1 space, 2 hours


Between Swanston and Russell    

2 spaces, 2 hours                

Swanston Street

Between Latrobe and Franklin

2 spaces, 2 hours

 There are three car parks for drivers with disability parking permits outside Mr Tulk. These parks have a two-hour limit.