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THEATRE VENUES - COMEDY THEATRE

Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

COMEDY THEATRE

240 Exhibition St
Melbourne VIC 3000


Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre retains a vital place in the city’s vibrant live entertainment scene. Built in 1928, the theatre is a blend of European flavours. The exterior is a replica of a Florentine palace and the interior shows a strong Spanish influence. The Comedy Theatre still maintains a lot of its original characteristics including balcony seating, a generous foyer and an elegant staircase.

It is not only comedy that you will find here. Audiences can enjoy a diverse range of theatre and live entertainment. With seating for 1000 patrons, famous shows to have played the Comedy Theatre stage include, Keating, Menopause the Musical, Calendar Girls, Harp on the Willow, Waiting for Godot, The Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q and Rock of Ages.

Next Performance
Joan Armatrading  *TICKETS SELLING FAST*
General information
Location Map
Comedy Theatre Location
Box Office

Ticket and Show Information
Ticketmaster on 1300 111 011
www.ticketmaster.com.au

Wheelchair and Disability Bookings – All Venues
(03) 9299 9800

BOX OFFICE HOURS
The Comedy Theatre Box Office is open 1.5 hours prior to the commencement of a show and half an hour after a show commences.  Additional Box Office opening hours are dependent on individual show times.

TYPES OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED AT BOX OFFICE
Cash or Credit Card. No Eftpos.

VENUE TICKET COLLECTIONS
Pre-paid tickets can be collected from the venue Box Office within the said opening hours or from 1.5 hours prior on the day of the performance. 

Tickets can also be collected from any Ticketmaster outlet up until the day of the performance. 
Nearby Bars & Restaurants
RESTAURANTS

Punchlane Wine Bar Restaurant - 43 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9639 4944

Gingerboy
27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000.
Tel: (03) 9662 4200
Offers pre theatre, bar food and a la carte options.

BARS

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club - 25 Bennetts La Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9663 2856

European Bier Cafe - 120 Exhibition St Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9663 1222

Fad Gallery Bar - 14 Corrs Lane, Chinatown Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9639 2700

Public Transport
The Comedy Theatre is situated in the Melbourne CBD and is accessible by all modes of transport.

For further public transport information please visit www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au

TRAIN
The nearest station is Parliament Station
contact: http://www.metrotrains.com.au/
for timetable and services

TRAM
Any tram via LaTrobe or Bourke Streets.  Only a short walk from Swanston Street trams.

BUS
All buses to the City Centre will leave you within walking distance to the Comedy Theatre. 
235, 236, 237, 250, 251, 200, 201, 205, 207, 301, 302, 305, 307, 308, 309

TAXIS
The closest Taxi Rank is situated on Exhibition Street

Parking

Patrons of the Comedy Theatre can avail of preferred parking rates at the nearby Wilson Parking, Parkade, 34-60 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.

Offer rates are currently as follows:

  • $6 after 4pm M-F nights and all day on weekends
  • $31 between 6am and midnight M-F
  1. Booking

    • Parking must be booked online in advance via www.bookabay.com.au
    • Enter codeword: MARRINER (case sensitive) in the Discount Voucher field
    • You have a 1 hour grace period either side of your entry/exit times. To alleviate issues, please book to leave as late as possible as you can always leave earlier without any issues.
    • You will receive confirmation of your booking via email and you can also select to receive by SMS to your phone if preferred.
  2. Entering

    Use the credit card you booked with as the identifier at the boom gate on entry to the car park.

  3. Exiting

    No need to queue at the pay station, simply insert the relevant credit card at the boom gate on exit and and the boom gate will open.

Full terms and conditions can be viewed online at www.bookabay.com.au

Accessibility

PHYSICAL ACCESS
At the doors facing on to Exhibition Street there is a small step, whichas you move away from Lonsdale Street is reduced to a small lip. Doors are usually propped open during performances. The entrance opens directly into the foyer, which is small and can become quite congested. The Box Office and bar are located to the left, and another small bar to the right.

AUDITORIUM
Only Stalls can be accessed without steps and can be accessed directly from the foyer. Seating is mildly raked. Two central aisles and two side aisles provide plenty of aisle seats. Side aisle seating is irregularly numbered. Although the aisles themselves are raked, the back seating rows have a slight step, providing a level footing surface for the audience. Access to the Dress Circle is via a large staircase with handrails. Dress Circle seating is quite steeply tiered. There is a bar that can be accessed from the Dress Circle area.

TOILETS
There are toilets located both upstairs and downstairs at the Comedy Theatre.  
Accessible
There is a unisex accessible toilet located in the Stalls inner foyer.  Please go
through the Stalls Foyer on the far right hand side, just before you enter the auditorium.

FACILITIES FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS
For all wheelchair/accessible seating enquiries please contact the Box Office on (03) 9299 9800.

Entrance
The Comedy Theatre can provide a ramp into one of the front doors on Exhibition Street. A member of our security or front of house staff will be able to assist you on arrival at the theatre.

FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS
Patrons with difficulty negotiating steps are advised to book seating in Stalls area, as there are several large sets of staircases leading to the Dress Circle.

FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH SIGHT IMPAIRMENTS
Seats close to the stage can be requested when booking tickets. Please book through the Box Office on (03) 9299 9800. Some shows have audio-described performances. Direct enquires to the Association for the Blind.

FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENTS
There is a hearing loop within the Stalls seating. People with a hearing aid will need a ‘T switch’. Please contact the Box Office directly for more information on (03) 9299 9800.

Other Venue Information and General Rules

CHILDREN RULES

MARRINER GROUP BABES-IN-ARMS POLICY

Most productions are considered to be unsuitable for children under the age of two years.  If taking your child under two years of age into the theatre, please be aware of the following concerns:

  • Tripping hazards, row spacing, stairs, steep rakes and the lack of light in the auditorium during a performance can be particularly hazardous when carrying an infant within the theatre.
  • Production elements such as loud music, bright lights pyrotechnic stage effects and show content can cause distress to infants.          
  • The potential for disturbance to other patrons by crying or restless infants.

Parents choosing to visit the theatre with children less than two years of age are asked to liaise with the theatre's front-of-house staff on arrival at the theatre.

Please be considerate of other patrons in the theatre. If your infant is causing a disturbance, we ask that you temporarily remove the infant from the auditorium.

As the safety of children, parents and other patrons is of high importance, these concerns are brought to your attention for your consideration so that you and all other patrons can enjoy the show in a safe environment.

PLEASE NOTE: Patrons attending with a child under 2 years must purchase an aisle seat in the stalls as this is the safest option.  It is recommended that you book through the Box Office by calling (03) 9299 9800.

For children attending a performance, there are a limited number of booster seats available at the usher’s discretion.

AGE RESTRICTIONS
Generally there are no age restrictions. However, for licensed areas a valid form of ID is required; learner or driver’s license, passport, proof of age card, keypass. Some events may have specific age restrictions.

PROHIBITED
Alcohol, hot drinks, cans, bottles, recording equipment, can not be brought onto the premises.

NO SMOKING
The Comedy Theatre is a no smoking venue.

ATM’s
There are no ATM’s on the premises.  Closest ATM is on Exhibition Street.

LOST, STOLEN OR DAMAGED TICKETS
Lost, stolen or damaged tickets must be reported to Ticketmaster prior to the event day, or prior to 4pm on the event day

CLOAKROOM
There are cloakroom facilities – please see an usher at the venue for more information.

SEATING
The Comedy Theatre is a fully seated venue over two levels

CATERING
Snacks are available for purchase at all bars within the Comedy Theatre