List of theatres in the Melbourne City Centre

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This is a list of theatres located in the City Centre of Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre has two distinct areas with concentrations of theatres: the East End,[1] situated in the Hoddle Grid, which contains many of Melbourne's historic theatres; and Southbank, which is home to the more contemporary venues of the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

East End, Hoddle Grid[edit]

Name Address Opened Seats Use Notes
Athenaeum Theatre 188 Collins Street 1927 1,000 theatre, comedy Opened in 1842. Theatre remodelled in current form in 1927.[2]
Comedy Theatre 240 Exhibition Street 1928 997 theatre, comedy Built on the site of one of Melbourne's earliest theatres, the Olympic Theatre.[3]
Forum Theatre 154 Flinders Street 1929 1,320 theatre, comedy, live music Downstairs Auditorium seats 800, Upstairs Auditorium seats 520.[4]
Her Majesty's Theatre 219 Exhibition Street 1886 1,700 theatre, opera Opened as the Alexandra Theatre.[5]
Melbourne Town Hall 100 Swanston Street 1887 1,990 theatre, opera, live music Main Auditorium was rebuilt and enlarged in 1925.[6]
Palace Theatre 20-30 Bourke Street 1860 1,855 live music Opened as Brennan's Amphitheatre.[7]
Princess Theatre 163 Spring Street 1857 1,488 theatre, comedy, live music Opened as Astley's Amphitheatre in 1854. Renovated as the Princess Theatre in 1857.[8]
Regent Theatre 191 Collins Street 1929 2,162 theatre, opera Originally opened as a cinema, and reopened as a theatre in 1996.[9]
RMIT Capitol Theatre 113 Swanston Street 1924 600 university lectures, comedy Originally opened as a cinema, and reopened as a lecture theatre in 1999.[10]

Arts Precinct, Southbank[edit]

Name Address Opened Seats Use Notes
Beckett Theatre, Coopers Malthouse 113 Sturt Street 1990 198 theatre Converted from a brewery built in 1892.[11]
Chunky Move Studio 111 Sturt Street 2002 300 dance Part of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.[12]
Fairfax Studio 100 St Kilda Road 1984 376 theatre Part of the Theatres Building of the Arts Centre Melbourne.[13]
Hamer Hall 100 St Kilda Road 1982 2,464 live music Forms part of the Arts Centre Melbourne.[14]
Iwaki Auditorium 120-130 Southbank Boulevard 1994 400 live music Part of the ABC's Southbank Centre.[15]
The Lawler, Southbank Theatre 140 Southbank Boulevard 2009 150 theatre Home of the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC).[16]
Melbourne Recital Centre Corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street 2009 1,136 live music Adjoins the MTC Southbank Theatre.[17]
Merlyn Theatre, Coopers Malthouse 113 Sturt Street 1990 512 theatre Converted from a brewery built in 1892.[18]
Playhouse 100 St Kilda Road 1984 884 theatre Part of the Theatres Building of the Arts Centre Melbourne.[19]
Sidney Myer Music Bowl Kings Domain, St Kilda Road 1959 2,030 live music The lawned area can hold an additional 10,000 patrons.[20]
State Theatre 100 St Kilda Road 1984 2,085 theatre, opera, live music Part of the Theatres Building of the Arts Centre Melbourne.[21]
The Sumner, Southbank Theatre 140 Southbank Boulevard 2009 500 theatre Home of the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC).[22]
Tower Theatre, Coopers Malthouse 113 Sturt Street 2005 99 theatre Converted from a brewery built in 1892.[23]

Surrounding area[edit]

Notable theatres in areas immediately surrounding the Melbourne City Centre.

Name Address Opened Seats Use Notes
La Mama Theatre 205 Faraday St, Carlton 1967 40 theatre Also operates La Mama Courthouse which seats 100 approx.[24]
National Theatre Corner of Barkly Street and Carlisle Street, St Kilda 1972 783 theatre, dance Originally opened as the Victory Cinema in 1921.[25]
Palais Theatre Lower Esplanade, St Kilda 1927 2,896 theatre, comedy, live music Largest seated theatre in Australia.[26]
Theatre Works 14 Acland St, St Kilda 1985 144 theatre Independent theatre.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melbourne celebrates newly named East End theatre district, TheatrePeople, retrieved 19 August 2014
  2. ^ Athenaeum Theatre, retrieved 17 February 2014
  3. ^ Comedy Theatre, Marriner Group, retrieved 17 February 2014
  4. ^ Forum Theatre, Marriner Group, retrieved 17 February 2014
  5. ^ Her Majesty's Theatre, retrieved 17 February 2014
  6. ^ Melbourne Town Hall, Epicure Catering, retrieved 17 February 2014
  7. ^ Palace Theatre, retrieved 17 February 2014
  8. ^ Princess Theatre, Marriner Group, retrieved 17 February 2014
  9. ^ Regent Theatre, Marriner Group, retrieved 17 February 2014
  10. ^ Capitol Theatre, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), retrieved 17 February 2014
  11. ^ Malthouse Theatre, retrieved 17 February 2014
  12. ^ Studio, Chunky Move, retrieved 17 February 2014
  13. ^ Fairfax Studio. Arts Centre Melbourne, retrieved 17 February 2014
  14. ^ Hamer Hall. Arts Centre Melbourne, retrieved 17 February 2014
  15. ^ Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), retrieved 17 February 2014
  16. ^ The Lawler - Melbourne Theatre Company, retrieved 20 May 2014
  17. ^ Melbourne Recital Centre, retrieved 17 February 2014
  18. ^ Malthouse Theatre, retrieved 17 February 2014
  19. ^ Playhouse. Arts Centre Melbourne, retrieved 17 February 2014
  20. ^ Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Arts Centre Melbourne, retrieved 17 February 2014
  21. ^ State Theatre. Arts Centre Melbourne, retrieved 17 February 2014
  22. ^ The Sumner - Melbourne Theatre Company, retrieved 20 May 2014
  23. ^ Malthouse Theatre, retrieved 17 February 2014
  24. ^ La Mama Theatre, retrieved 17 February 2014
  25. ^ National Theatre], retrieved 17 February 2014
  26. ^ Palais Theatre, retrieved 17 February 2014
  27. ^ Theatre Works, retrieved 20 May 2014