Forum Melbourne
Forum Melbourne
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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.
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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Paul L
Hallam, Australia958 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Just a short stroll from Flinders St Station this venue holds some of the larger acts - but not the largest - that tour Melbourne. It's location is a big selling point and the well laid out nature of the place is helpful for even first timers to find their way around. There are a number of facilities and the staff have always been friendly - whether at the food/drink sales points or the box office.

Given it's so close to the CBD you won't be suffering from a shortage of before or after show options either.
Written October 15, 2023
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ScarlettPearl
Victoria, Australia173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
The Forum offers a fantastic live music venue right in the heart of the city. The decor is amazing (even the ladies room was elegant) and there is a great floor area for concerts as well as two levels of elevated seated area and more elevated standing room behind so you're assured a good view of the stage from all areas. Acoustics are great for live concerts. Much nicer place to see your favourite music than newer venues that offer no charm or personality!
Written June 3, 2017
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Maria
Brisbane, Australia643 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
While strolling around Melbourne be sure to drop by the Forum. Enjoy looking at the building from over the road near ACMI and then go in for a closer look. Lovely details on the exterior.
Written September 25, 2019
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melissaj242018
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Such a divine building absolutely stunning.
Saw Conrad Sewell perform on Friday night & WOW! Just WOW!
Not too crowded, easy acsess to toilets, bar, exits ect & no matter where you are standing a great view of the stage. Such an intimate & beautiful setting! A definite must if you get a chance
Written June 8, 2019
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Leonie510
Adelaide5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Walking past this beautiful building & met Chris the manager who kindly invited us in to see Jet in concert - could not believe this incredible gesture & I sincerely hope we can return the favor one day somehow? His love of the building shines through & I wish him all the very best for the future.
Written June 12, 2018
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martinc2103
Garfield, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Well last night I went to see something very special. To date I have only ever been to see Comedy at the bizarrely beautiful Forum, but now I was in for a treat and am kicking myself for all the other events I have missed.

So the Forum feels like an auntie you haven't seen in a while, she dresses weirdly but impressively and likes a drink....that's the Forum for me. Fascinating and in need of attention. A hidden gem in Melbourne.

So who did I see? Well The Stranglers of course, who belted out a great set and I am slightly deaf and horse today. This is a great band live and the range of there catalog many many bands will envy...from Nice and Sleazy to Golden Brown with a bit of Peaches.......I loved it and they seemed to too. The crowd left happy and my guest who was a little wary as she didn't even know who The Stranglers were was looking them up on Spotify as we walked out of the venue.

This is a great place for live music!!

Usual tips......staff friendly and organised, easy to get in and out, got very hot so dress accordingly and bring a sandwich (not really just wanted to see if you were still reading)

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Written February 6, 2018
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jennifer b
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
We recently went to the Easyfever event and had a great time.The design of the venue is so beautiful and makes for great acoustics and the lighting is good too and they don't crowd people in. There are so many positions to stand and most of them allow you too have a good view of the band.Even if you go up to the front near the stage it doesn't seem to be too crowded.
The only issue was the choice of beers.It would be good if you had one of the standard beers instead of all craft beers.I don't think it is much to ask since the drinks are so expensive.
I also find drinking out of a plastic cup really spoils the drink.Not all people are that uncivilised .
I've been to a number of events there though and I still love the place.
Written December 29, 2017
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Maureen O
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
My 15 year old daughter and her friends started queueing to get into the Forum from 8 am (some started earlier) this morning to see Harry Styles. The line wrapped around into Hosier Lane - SO IMPRESSED and grateful with how it was all managed by the Forum team. The girls were given a ticket with their place in the queue so no disputes; they were offered water and access to sunblock; security staff ensured that everyone made room at the end of the line for late arrivals and their presence ensured the young girls lined up in Hosier line weren't hassled by passerbys.
They were taken into the venue in groups of 20 throughout the afternoon to purchase merchandise and escorted back to their place in the line. Compare this to the horrible experience the girls have had at the bigger venues where it is survival of the fittest!!
Written November 30, 2017
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Bruce F
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
One of only a handful of "atmospheric" theatres in the world, featuring a cerulean ceiling curving down behind a cast frieze of ancient Greek buildings, the Forum feels like an outdoor auditorium. The magnificent tiled floors and separate ladies' and gentlemen's lounges hark back to a bygone era of theatre design.
Because the theatre is used for a variety of event types, show seating is on individual chairs, save for two rows of u-shaped booths about two-thirds of the way back from the stage.
Because we booked tickets on-line we were given the option to pre-book parking at the adjacent Flinders Gate Carpark at a heavily discounted rate.
Written September 13, 2017
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MLBMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
Such a beautiful venue! All the smart touring acts (or at least those with smart booking agents) choose to play at the Forum (or the Palais in StKilda). Sonic Youth and CatPower are Forum highlights from years gone by. Love x 100000 for the Forum.
Written January 14, 2016
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