The Arts Centre | Other Spaces
Arts Centre Melbourne has a huge range of performance spaces offering a variety of experiences to many different audiences, from the exquisite string sounds coming from Hamer Hall to the mayhem of raves at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and even Shakespearean dramas at the Playhouse Theatre.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Australian Music Vault
The Famous Spiegeltent
Although you may have visited some of our well-known performance spaces, there a multitude of other nooks and crannies around Arts Centre Melbourne, indoor and out, that you might like to know a little more about...
Taking it from the top..(of our Theatres Building, that is!)
We proudly present our premier function space with floor-to-ceiling windows and an elegant domed ceiling finished in gold leaf. The surrounding private balcony features magnificent views of the Alexandra and Queen Victoria Gardens, the city skyline, Arts Centre Melbourne lawn and Federation Square. Read more about The Pavilion.
The Plaza Room
Located at the front of Arts Centre Melbourne, and overlooking our forecourt, the Plaza Room is suitable for meetings, dinners and cocktails for up to 25. Read more about The Plaza Room.
Hugh Williamson Room
This versatile room, suitable for meetings, dinners for up to 20 and cocktails for up to 65, has a small entrance area and large private balcony overlooking our forecourt. Read more about The Hugh Williamson Room.
This small gallery, leading to our exclusive Members Lounge and Dining room is situated on the mezzanine overlooking the Australian Music Vault and is available for small cocktail parties.
Located just inside the entrance of the Theatres Building and in front of the Australian Music Vault, our friendly Visitor Experience team are on hand from sun up to well-after sun down. So drop by for friendly advice on disability access, performances & exhibitions, where to grab a bite to eat, merchandise sales, taxi bookings and more. This is also our tour departure point and where anyone coming to meet our administrative and operations staff can report their arrival.
St Kilda Road Foyer
Often featuring ongoing smaller exhibitions and displays, the St Kilda Rd Foyer follows the curve of the Theatres Building right through to Cafe Vic and is a unique space for smaller cocktail functions with a twist.
Smorgon Family Plaza
Our large, red-carpeted foyer in the Theatres Building is the pre-performance hub of Arts Centre Melbourne. It houses our Box Office and theatre entrances and connects through to our car park and St Kilda Rd.
Smorgon Family Plaza Display Cases & Smorgon Family Plaza Arts Wall
Situated in the Smorgon Family Plaza, the display cases feature selected objects from our Performing Arts Collection.
The State Theatre and Amcor Lounges
These luxurious lounges are located in the Theatres Building adjacent to the State Theatre Stalls foyer and the Fairfax Studio foyer. Linked by an adjoining door, they are ideal for cocktail parties, presentations and dinner parties. The Amcor Lounge can accommodate 50 for dinner, 100 for cocktails and 65 for theatre-style presentations. The State Theatre Lounge can seat 40 guests for dinner, 80 for cocktails and 50 for presentations. Read more about these Lounges.
State Theatre Rehearsal Room
The Rehearsal Room for the State Theatre can be accessed via the escalator to the State Stalls foyer or from the lift (head down to Level 3). It's where we sometimes hold workshops, rehearsals and unique performances requiring smaller spaces.
Ian and Primrose Potter Foyer
The Ian and Primrose Potter Foyer is where you can relax and have a drink or bite to eat before seeing a show in the Fairfax Studio. You'll know you've found it when you feast your eyes on Jeffrey Smart's vivid painting “Container Train in Landscape" (did you know you can self-guided tours of our Art collections?) along the main wall opposite the bar (yes, there's a bar here that opens one hour before performances in the Fairfax.)
The foyers of the Playhouse Theatre feature a stunning collection of Western Desert paintings by important indigenous artists. It contains a bar that opens one hour prior to performances in the Playhouse.
Playhouse Rehearsal Room
The Playhouse Rehearsal Room is an ideal space we often use for 'Performance Discovery Workshops' with children. It's buried deep in our building, so can only be accessed with a staff member from Arts Centre Melbourne. (If you book to see or do something in this space, you will also get instructions on where to meet and how we will get you there on time!)
Situated at the front of the Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn, the Covered Walkway forms part of the Sunday Market and is a way of beating the Melbourne rain (or sun!) when you need to head from either our car park or the Theatres Building to get to your performance, function or dinner date at Hamer Hall.
Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn
This gathering place is where we hold our exciting Sunday Market, outdoor events, such as those linked to the Betty Amsden Participation Project, or where you can just lie back on a bright Melbourne day and enjoy your moment in the sun.
Home to Cento, our outdoor cafe, the Theatre's Forecourt also features a podium for bands and plays host to The Famous Spiegeltent.
The Arts Centre Melbourne car park, owned and operated by us, is located just minutes from our theatres.
Address: 4 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3004 | Map
Parking Options & Rates
Why not leave your parking to us?
Available Mon – Sun from 5:30pm
It’s simple and easy. Just enter the car park from Sturt Street, take a paper ticket at the boom gate, turn left into our Valet area to be greeted by our friendly Valet Captain and leave your car in our capable hands.
Book in advance
Online via the Book Parking button
In person at the Theatres Building Box Office
Via phone on 1300 182 183
Dates, Times & Prices
Transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street
The City of Melbourne is giving our neighbourhood a facelift – 2.5 hectares of beautiful new green public spaces along Southbank Boulevard and its surrounds. Construction commenced in July 2018, with works taking an estimated 18 months (Jan 2020).
There will be short-term impacts to visitors, including temporary road closures, changes/diversions to roads and traffic lights, and changed access to our car park.
Our Car Park will remain open 24/7 during this time.
How will this affect the Arts Centre Melbourne car park?
Sturt Street entry: Lanes will be reversed at certain times to facilitate exits – please choose your entry lane according to signage on the day.
Southbank Boulevard exits: There will be periodic closures of the two upper exit lanes but we will endeavour to minimise disruption during this time. Please follow signage and staff directions accordingly.
Left turn only onto Southbank Boulevard.
The two lower level exit lanes will be closed for the duration of construction. Vehicles on the lower level will be diverted to the Upper Level or to Sturt Street accordingly.
Road access during construction
Southbank Boulevard: No access between St Kilda Road and Moore Street.
North bound on St Kilda Road: A temporary detour via Grant Street and Sturt Street will be implemented.
Linlithgow Avenue: Access via City Road and Alexandra Avenue.
Sturt Street: Accessible, with intersections currently operated by traffic controllers, pending the installation of new traffic lights.
City Road: No change.
Kavanagh Street: No change.
Please ensure you plan your journey and allow extra travel time. Refer to the below table for road access to the Arts Centre Melbourne car park.
To find out more about Transformation Project, please contact (03) 9658 9658.
For further information on car parking, please phone (03) 9281 8012.
Source | participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au
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