Forum Melbourne

Forum Melbourne


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    Situated in the heart of Melbourne's CBD on Flinders Street, the Forum Melbourne 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.


    Patrons of Forum Melbourne can avail of preferred parking rates at a number of nearby Wilson Parking car parks.

    • T&G Building Car Park, 161 Collins Street, Melbourne (Enter via 37-39 Russell Street)
    • Wilson Parking, Collins Place, 28 Flinders Lane
    • Wilson Parking, Flindersgate, 172 Flinders Street, Melbourne (*reduced bays currently due to renovations)

    Offer rates are currently as follows if booked online in advance:

    • $7 after 4pm M-F nights and all day on weekends
    • $32 between 6am and midnight M-F


    Parking must be booked online in advance via

    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.


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


    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

    The Forum is situated in the Melbourne CBD and is accessible by all modes of transport.

    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 2000 (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 are situated at the rear of the Forum I, near the Russell Street exit, and also in the upstairs foyer next to the bar.

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

    For all accessibility requirements, plesae contact our Box Office for more information on (03) 9299 9800.
    Dependant on how many accessibility requests we receive we may only be able to provide a seat for the patron affected, companions may be required to stand.

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

    Seats or areas close to the stage can be requested when booking tickets for either the Forum I or Forum II.


    Ticket and Show Information
    Ticketmaster on 1300 111 011
    Ticketmaster Online Support

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

    Box Office opening hours are dependent on individual show times, however, opening time is usually from 30 mins prior to the door time of your ticketed show.
    For any ticketing enquiries, please call Ticketmaster on 1300 111 011 or visit
    For any venue enquiries, please call 03 9299 9990.

    Cash, Credit Card or Eftpos.

    Pre-paid tickets can be collected from the venue Box Office within the said opening hours or half an hour prior to door time on the day of the performance.

    Tickets can also be collected from any Ticketmaster outlet up until the day of the performance.

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    OVER 18’s VENUE
    The Forum Melbourne 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.  If patrons are unable to present a valid form of ID, we can not permit you entry to the venue, and on these grounds, we can not provide a refund for your tickets. For further information please contact the Box Office on (03) 9299 9800. 

    Alcohol, cans, bottles, recording equipment, lazers, studded belts or weapons cannot be brought onto the premises. No open toed shoes.

    We are a no smoking venue.

    All bars accept card payments but no cash out is available. Closest ATM is at Federation Square.

    Lost, stolen or damaged tickets must be reported to Ticketmaster prior to the event day, or prior to 4pm on the event day.

    Our cloakroom remains closed at the current time. Please only bring handbags and satchels that are smaller than an A4 piece of paper to the theatre. Due to security requirements, you may be asked to show the contents of your bags to theatre staff.

    The Forum Melbourne has both general admission and reserved seating events.  Customers are advised to check the event page for further information. 

    Light snacks available at the bar.

    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