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THEATRE VENUES- FORUM THEATRE

Regent Theatre, melbourne

FORUM THEATRE

154 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


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.


Melbourne International Film Festival
28-7-16
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CONTACT

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 Forum 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, credit card, or 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

Movida - 1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9663 3038

Caboose - 4 City Sq, Melbourne, VIC 3000.

Yak Bar and Food - 150 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000.
Tel: (03) 9654-6699

Ezard
187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000.
Tel: (03) 9639 6811

BARS

Forum Theatre Bars are open 45 minutes prior to the show

Misty Place - 3-5 Hosier Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9663 9202

Cherry Bar - 103 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Public Transport
Trains:
The venue is accessible by any train via Flinders Street Station.  Contact: http://www.metrotrains.com.au/
for timetable and services

Trams:
1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72 (via Swanston Street)
70, 75, City Circle Tram (via Flinders Street)

Buses:
235, 236, 237, 250, 251 (via Flinders Street)
350 (via Russell Street)

Taxis:
Closest Taxi Rank situated on Swanston Street

Parking

Patrons of the Forum Theatre can avail of preferred parking rates at the nearby Wilson Parking, Flindersgate, 172 Flinders Street, Melbourne.

Offer rates are currently as follows:

  • $7 after 4pm M-F nights and all day on weekends
  • $32 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
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.

Forum I: Main Auditorium
The large auditorium on the ground floor has been remodelled into a cabaret style venue, seating 800 (cabaret style), and standing 1500 (concert style). There are flat entrances from the foyer to Forum I. A sloped floor leads to seating in booths and tables. For most seating, one or two steps must be scaled. Forum I also has a licensed bar. Enquiries regarding wheelchair access should be directed to the Box Office.

Forum II: Upstairs Auditorium
An intimate space seating 540-590 patrons. Access from Flinders Street is via the large railed staircases to the left and right of the foyer. Alternative access is via the side entrance in Russell Street. Again, there is a large staircase. The Auditorium is quite steeply raked and has no handrails.

TOILETS

General
Toilets are situated at the rear of the Forum I, near the Russell Street exit, and also in the upstairs foyer next to the bar.

Accessible
A unisex accessible toilet is situated at the rear of Forum I, near the Russell Street exit.

ACCESSIBLE SEATING
Please contact the Box Office for more information on (03) 9299 9800

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

FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH SIGHT IMPAIRMENTS
Seats close to the stage can be requested when booking tickets for either the Forum I or Forum II.

Other Venue Information and General Rules

OVER 18’s VENUE
The Forum Theatre is an over 18’s venue.  Patrons must be able to present one of the following ID’s to gain entry: learner or driver’s license, passport, proof of age card, keypass.  No ID, No Entry, No Refunds.  For further information please contact the Box Office on (03) 9299 9800. 

PROHIBITED
Alcohol, cans, bottles, recording equipment, lazers, studded belts or weapons can not be brought onto the premises.

NO SMOKING
The Forum Theatre is a no smoking venue.

ATM’s
‘Cash-out’ facilities are available from venue Bars.  Closest ATM is at Federation Square

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.

CLOAK ROOM
Available on Level 2 Foyer - $2 per item

SEATING
The Forum Theatre has both general admission and reserved seating events.  Customers are advised to check the event page for further information. There is booth seating available for all shows but it is on a first come, first served basis.

CATERING
Snacks available at the bar.

FUNCTIONS AND EVENTS
Marriner Group can arrange for all your catering needs.  Please contact our Event Sales Office if you would like to discuss hiring a private area for drinks or a cocktail reception.  Call (03) 9299 9860 or email events@marrinergroup.com.au