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Address: 154 Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, 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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We were at the Forum for the movie "Eagle Huntress" under the auspices of Melbourne International Film Festival. It is a very old building retrofitted with modern cinematic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 16, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We were at the Forum for the movie "Eagle Huntress" under the auspices of Melbourne International Film Festival. It is a very old building retrofitted with modern cinematic facilities. We enjoyed the movie very much! It was one of the key highlights of our trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

First time inside the Forum...WOW!! Fantastic live venue, 1500+ bodies sold out show and still heaps of vantage points without needing to be 6'5". Love the stage, i can see where Baz got the idea for a certain scene from Romeo & Juliet. Another reason to love Melbourne the Kills were amazing by the way 😆

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

I have't stepped into this building since I was about 15yrs old. Nothing had changed. If your in town its worth a look inside, it brought back some very good memories. Oh and the laneway next door is full of graffiti.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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.
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