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Forum Melbourne

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Address: 154 Flinders St., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: 03-9299 9700
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Formerly the State Theatre, the Forum Melbourne first opened in 1929 with...

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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This was the first time I have been to the Forum, in the past I have just admired it's architecture from the outside. The inside is a spectacle to see with renaissance still... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time I have been to the Forum, in the past I have just admired it's architecture from the outside. The inside is a spectacle to see with renaissance still statues through out the theatre. The stage continues with this them and the ceiling is painted sky-blue with small lights to give the impression of being under... More 

Thank Rauy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Visited the forum for the first time for a music gig (Client Liaison) and was blown away by the building. Worth having a Google search to read about the architecture before going, although I loved the surprise of going in and feeling like I was outside in an amphitheatre. Sound quality was great, bar service good and great crowd. Can't... More 

Thank holidayitisAustralia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

This a pretty Architecture design.A nice grand building.Very pretty outside.A good photo stop.This will be part of your city tour.

Thank SE s
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Went to a concert at the Forum for the first time and was blown away. It's absolutely beautiful inside, with options to stand or sit. Was lucky enough to be in a booth and still had a great view of the band looking over the standing GA section in front of us. Easy to get to, walking distance from flinders... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

These places are what make a city great and add character to show the history of a place over its life. I didn't go to a show here just a photo stop, but well worth the time.

Thank James A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Very good venue to see a comedy act. The staff are professional to usher you in and out (and through the bar area first prior to being seated). There are comedy acts going upstairs and downstairs, but the timing of the acts means that there really isn't cross over between people coming to both shows and exiting from both shows.... More 

Thank KdofMelb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Lived in Melbourne for 45 years and last night was the first time had ever been here. Looks a bit tatty from the outside but it is the most fabulous building inside. Yes its tired and needs a lot of attention if it were to be brought back to its full original glory but it still is an amazing place.... More 

Thank emelian
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

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.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Went to see Meg Mac and Jarryd James and loved it. The acoustics of this building were sensational. Standing room ta the floor area out the front, and then a number of seated booth style seating and then further rows of seats at the back of the venue. Bars on both sides of the building ensured no long waits for... More 

Thank 828TravelChic
Macedon Ranges, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Went to see "live" at the forum, the venue was fantastic. I will be watching for any other gigs are playing there. Atmosphere was great and liked the layout being able to get right up front to the stage was fantastic but for those who might like to sit there was seating and booths available unreserved, we loved it!

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Staying in Central Business District

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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.