Forum Melbourne

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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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Neighbourhood: 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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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,319 contributions
Nov. 2020
Like most large venues in Melbourne. the Forum is managed by Mariner Group. The Forum, which was completed in 1929, can accommodate several thousand fans for live music, theatre, cinema, drama and events. A big line-up of live music is planned for 2021. The Forum is at the corner of Flinders St and Russell. Have a look, if only to take in the atmosphere.
Written 23 November 2020
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia888 contributions
Jun. 2020
I wrote a review about this in 2014 and it is well worth visiting again. It was formerly the State Theatre and built in 1929. At the time it was the largest in Australia with 3371 seats. It is unique as has a blue ceiling,twinkling stars and projected clouds. The interior incorporates elements of the Italian medieval,Renaissance, Baroque and Spanish Mission styles.. In 1962 it split into the Rapallo and Forum Theatre.For many years it was the Christian Revival Crusade building before going back to a theatre.
Hopefully soon after the corona restrictions are eased it will re open. It is on the Victorian Heritage Register and is National Trust classified.
Written 20 June 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,319 contributions
Mar. 2020
The Forum was originally the State Theatre; it opened in 1929, the year the Great Depression hit. The theatre looks like it's straight out of the Roaring Twenties. It was originally a picture theatre, and is still used for the Melbourne Film Festival. Mostly its used for live performances, most of which appeal to a hipster demographic. The Forum can contain around 2,000 concert goes, making it the biggest theatre in Australia. The Forum is certainly gaudy, but most hipsters like it that way.
Written 14 March 2020
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Maria
Brisbane, Australia643 contributions
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 25 September 2019
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melissaj242018
15 contributions
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 8 June 2019
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Sarah M
Bendigo, Australia21 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Friends
Booked to see Joel Creasey and being from out of town were not quite sure where to go. We went and asked a staff member where we needed to go and he was extremely rude. We needed to be upstairs, apparently and just needed to be guided. I asked if he could tell us where to go and he replied "I am happy to tell YOU where to go" and not in a pleasant way!! It got worse with another usher telling us to "STOP", you need to wait!! Anyway, beautiful venue.....staff need to put their manners back in!!
Written 11 April 2019
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Cindy P
Strathdownie57 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Couples
We went to the forum in Melbourne for the International Comedy Festival. What an amazing venue - absolutely stunning. The interior is amazing and is well worth just stopping in to have a look. Plus Tommy Little (comedian) at the comedy festival was hilarious.
Written 5 April 2019
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Topsyturn
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Couples
We saw Tommy Little who was on at the Forum. What a beautiful building! Absolutely stunning. Staff were lovely on the night and seating was arranged in a way that everyone could see the stage. Sound was excellent also.
We stayed overnight in the city but noticed that there was a car park right next door for easy access.
Written 2 April 2019
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lkamphuis
Gold Coast, Australia1,132 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Couples
This building is stunning from the outside and amazing on the inside !
Built in an era when architecture was all about grandeur and opulence !
Love this venue and an awesome setting for Melbournes fabulous comedy festival !
Written 31 March 2019
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RealDS
London, UK490 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Business
This venue has to be one of the most stunning venues I’ve ever seen in my life. The decor is European and resembles something out of Notre Dame. Very detailed architecture with a great blue backlight. Would definitely recommend tourists or locals catch a show here
Written 5 March 2019
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