Founded in 1839 the Athenaeum is part of Melbourne’s East End Theatre District, and hosts a range of theatre, comedy and music performances.
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Based on 1003 reviews
04:29 20 Jan 21
We saw Alice in Wonderland with the kids. Space between each family, great interaction between the cast and audience.... They loved it .read more
23:55 11 Jan 21
Vintage building.Sound system was surprisingly pleasant.Didn't see any concession stands, so plus point.
11:40 18 Dec 20
18.12.20 we was on show in this theater. It was no place to sit. And we didn’t have any choice, and sit on chairs,... which was closed about COVID restrictions.We bought flowers, and my daughter wanted to present it to singer after the concert. And stuff didn’t let us do it. Not about COVID. Just didn’t. They couldn’t explain me the reason. And before pandemic, I was there too. And same story happened. And I bring flowers to home.It kill all mood of evening. To present flowers for artists it’s an old tradition. Can’t understand, why it’s not possible to do it here.I will not come in this place again.read more
23:17 11 Dec 20
I love this place. Can't wait to visit again and see a show next time I'm in Melbourne.
23:15 11 Dec 20
Stunning Melbourne venue, in the heart of the city offering patrons a traditional theatre experience. A must see!
05:32 16 Mar 20
Just great to be in an original style theatre. Beautiful and the performance was top class
05:47 13 Mar 20
Needs a DAMN GOOD CLEAN! A wonderful place...
05:09 03 Mar 20
The atmosphere in this theatre is great. Spacious and cool. Small but sweet. Totally recommend
21:33 02 Mar 20
Sweet little spot next to town Hall for comedy gigs and more.
02:57 09 Feb 20
Flight Centre Travel Expo was absolutely spectacular. I met so many interesting people who all were looking to explore... the world. I love learning from fellow explorers. Oh the places you'll go. The world is waiting!!! Explore!!!read more
05:35 17 Dec 19
Could do with a bit of an update. I love this old theatre, but the seats really need replacing, they’re old (not in a... good way) and feel a little sticky. Aside from that the atmosphere here is great and the staff were wonderful.read more
12:42 17 Sep 19
I really like this theatre. It is not large but it does have pretty good site lines everywhere, and well designed raked... seating in the upper levels, and comfortable seats all round. It has a shabby elegance about it as the original plaster work and decorative elements remain unchanged.Probably one of my all time favourite theatres. I just hope that it remains independent, and does not get modernised or developed.Currently it is owned by the Athenaeum Library which is located at the front of the building on the first floor, immediately above the attached ground floor restaurant. (Which is also great.) The Library is the oldest private library still operating in Australia. You can purchase a library membership and have access to some seriously good books as often as you like.Last time I was here I saw Tex Perkins in The Man in Black and it was just excellent. The theatre enhanced the show as the acoustics and the view were great, and the show itself entertaining. Perkins has a wonderful voice and good stage presence.They always have a terrific lineup of shows at this theatre, so when next you go spare a moment before the lights go down to check out the theatre itself. It is worth the look.read more
20:38 12 Aug 19
Just personal opinion, I don't really enjoy the Bring It On here but appreciate good effort of young team.
12:54 19 Apr 19
Great place to see a show, lovely old theatre.
12:10 06 Apr 19
It's wonderful that Melbourne retains done historic venues still being used for their original purpose. The seating may... not be super plush but an event feels special if it's held here.read more
01:14 29 Mar 19
Great place to see comedy acts during the comedy festival. There is a wide variety of talent here so there is... something for everyone. Numerous theatres also means that more than one act can perform each night. There is bar facilities on site if you would like a drink before or during the show which make it handy.read more
188 Collins Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000