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Forum Theatre

Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD on Flinders Street, the Forum Theatre with its unique Gothic-Romanesque architecture, is the place-to-be for live performances of various artists, both local and international. The interior of the venue is no less elaborate with a sky-blue ceiling creating an illusion of an outdoor amphitheatre setting. Famous for being one of Melbourne’s most popular live band venues, the Forum also plays host to many popular festivals throughout the year including the Melbourne International Comedy and Film Festivals, the Melbourne Jazz Festival and the Melbourne Arts Festival.

Formerly the State Theatre, the Forum Theatre 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 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.


154 Flinders Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

Phone: (03) 9299 9800

Getting here


The Flinders Street entrance has one small step up to a line of double doors. A ramp is positioned here during performances. The entrance opens on to the foyer. The Box Office is situated to the right of the entrance doors. Two large railed staircases line the walls and lead to an upstairs foyer containing a bar and refreshment area.

A unisex accessible toilet is situated at the rear of Forum I, near the Russell Street exit. For seating, please contact the Forum Box Office for more information on (03) 9299 9800.

Secure Parking

Flinders Gate, 172 Flinders Street

(Alternate access via 195 Flinders Lane)

Open 24 hours

1075 Bays

Disabled Bays and Wheelchair Access available

A designated accessible bay is located in Flinders Lane, near the corner of Russell Street. It is also possible to drop passengers off in Russell Street.

Maximum Vehicle Height: 2 metres

DISCOUNT PARKING: Patrons of the Forum Theatre can avail of the Marriner Group preferred parking rate at the above car park. Tickets can be validated at the Box Office pre-show.

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