The Athenaeum Theatre

The Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne: Hours, Address, The Athenaeum Theatre Reviews: 4/5

The Athenaeum Theatre
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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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, Australia7,839 contributions
Oldest public institution in Victoria
Apr. 2021
The Athenaeum Theatre dates from 1839, when Victoria was not yet a State. The theatre was attached to the Mechanics Institute, which allowed skilled workers to improve their knowledge through self-directed study. These days, the Athenaeum is best known for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, for which it is the main venue. The Theatre also hosts Melbourne Opera and other live performances, such as theatre and music. The Athenaeum is showing its age, but it still has some glitz.
Written 31 May 2021
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Dennis P
Melbourne, Australia1,785 contributions
FULL OF ATMOSPHERE BUT AGING
Apr. 2021 • Couples
We attended the upper theatre for a show during the Comedy festival
Clearly one of THE theatres of the time, but that time is passing.
Great atmosphere but a feeling that a make over is well overdue
Written 27 April 2021
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Mark G
Melbourne, Australia1,646 contributions
Nice Venue
Apr. 2021
Excellent venue. Went here for the Comedy Festival and Adam Hills show. Be careful as there is an upstairs and a downstairs theatre here.
Written 15 April 2021
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Darren
7 contributions
Bring it on.....more like take it away!
Nov. 2019
We went to see Bring it on here. We were only in town for the night and staying nearby. I loved the film. Sadly the theatrical production was just awful. It just feels like a show that was so amateurish. I told our concierge when I returned to our hotel when he asked if we had a good night or not. He winced, and for better words, said, that theatre took poor productions won’t touch for fear of ruining their reputation. It all makes sense now.

The theatre has been left untouched for decades. Sometimes that’s a good thing, in this case, not really. The seating is awful. There was only one guy behind the bar although he was going an AMAZING job serving everyone. In fact, that was the best performance all night!!!
Written 10 January 2020
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Collette W
Melbourne, Australia126 contributions
Melbourne Opera company Norma
Sep. 2019 • Solo
Great venue, beautiful old vibe to the building and a very intimate setting for the opera Norma by Bellini.
Comfortable seats and lovely production
Written 22 September 2019
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Hays
Newport, UK185 contributions
Poor production - Bring it in
Jul. 2019
We were visiting Melbourne so stopped into this theatre for a show. We watched bring it in - so poor. I was chatting to someone during the interval. He said they often get the lesser shows that the big band theatres won’t touch. The theatre inside was worn. The staff were pretty rude. 1 Barman working the bar as they had run out of ice before the show had even started so the second barman had to run to buy more.
Written 26 July 2019
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Lyn C
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
Michael Jackson Tribute Show
Jun. 2019 • Friends
Wow! What a show! TJ Coppola is just so dedicated to Michael Jackson. My first time ar The Atheneum , beautiful old theatre. Highly recommended
Written 21 June 2019
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lkamphuis
Gold Coast, Australia1,122 contributions
Beautiful old theatre
Apr. 2019 • Couples
One of the many things to love about Melbourne !! The beautiful old theatres - we came here for the comedy show and had a drink beforehand - I would have liked some seating but the place became so packed I can see why it doesn’t have any!
The seats were comfortable and the acoustics were good - we will be back!
Written 9 April 2019
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia34,827 contributions
Kids will love
Jan. 2019
Have been to a variety of shows here over the years. And now I take my toddler here as they frequently have kids entertainment.

Written 31 December 2018
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TylerJ93
159 contributions
Bizarre!
Dec. 2018 • Couples
Lovely old building, with lots of history! We recently attended a comedy show here and it was a comfortable venue. Large enough to hold a decent crowd but intimate enough to really enjoy the show and not be lost in the vastness. Clean toilet facilities, suitable drink prices at the bar. Seemed a little disorganised and staff appeared scruffy and not particularly interested. Barman served while eating (which didn’t really bother me) but there was no friendliness or even much engagement - he hardly even spoke, which I found odd.
Theatre was within walking distance to our hotel which was handy for us after traveling a long way for a show.
Written 7 December 2018
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The Athenaeum Theatre is open:
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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