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Forum Melbourne

154 Flinders St., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
03-9299 9700
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Ranked #57 of 208 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Theaters
Owner description: Formerly the State Theatre, the Forum Melbourne first opened in 1929 with the largest seating capacity of any theatre in Australia. Since then the... more » Owner description: Formerly the State Theatre, the Forum Melbourne first opened in 1929 with the largest seating capacity of any theatre in Australia. Since then the venue has been divided into two separate venues. Downstairs, Forum I is famous for its unique architecture, large stage, mesmerising proscenium and signature cabaret style booths. Upstairs, Forum II is a smaller venue with tiered seating, small stage, surround sound and cinema size screen. Renowned as one of Melbourne’s most unique and best live music venues, the Forum plays host to many bands, singers, comedians and popular festivals every year. When not being used for live music, the venue comes alive as an amazing function space for events such as cocktail parties, launches and fashion events. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Whenever I pass this building I admire its over-the-top architecture and ornamentation, feel relieved it has survived demolition, and wish it was better maintained. Fans of 1920s Orientalist cinema design will love the exterior and interior. For non-fans, this is a worthwhile venue -- for bands, Comedy Festival acts, and MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) screenings. There are bars, eateries... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Architecturally one of the stand out buildings in central Melbourne. It is wonderfully over the top with onion domes and arabesque swirls everywhere. Inside it is has seen better days. Lots of bands play here and it is a prominent venue during the comedy festival in April. There is a decent sized dance floor down the front and up the... More

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Donvale, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The Forum is an excellent music venue as it feels more intimate than a stadium show but allows for a bigger production than the typical pub gig. There is a lot of history in this old building but it still serves a purpose.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I always make sure I get to the Forum early so that I can admire the decor before the show starts. The foyer, the ceilings, the curtains... every little detail is beautiful. The programming is generally alternative and quite interesting as well, but I'll happily go and see anything there just to get another look inside.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

I went to the Forum to watch Boy and Bear play in November. Great old style venue - Romesque.. It was a great night!

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Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Totally overrated. A bit disappointing really. Acts were very average, and not really engaging the audience. Overpriced. Glorified strippers really. Forum Theatre itself is magnificent as a venue.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

A long time since I saw any performance here but I often gaze on the Forum from my hotel room when I visit Melbourne. Always brings back wonderful memories - it is such a treasure. It does though look better from a distance - when you get close-up you see that it still needs a lot of work to bring... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

this venue was a cinema and has all the trappings of the roman forum, statues etc. in need of serious paint work outside but inside is well maintained. It is no longer a cinema but a live act venue and as such should be given assistance to keep it live, great acoustics, good bar service and seating at the back... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Although far from the stage in the balcony, was still a great seat! Fabulous theatre in great location

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I remember coming her to see films a long time ago - most recent visit was a theatre tour which was very interesting and informative. Great to see various parts of the theatre that usual theatre goers are not able to see.

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