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Athenaeum Theatre

Founded in 1839 the Athenaeum is part of Melbourne’s East End Theatre District, and hosts a range of theatre, comedy and music performances.


Theatre Closure

The Athenaeum Theatre sadly announces the temporary postponement of all live audience performances until further notice. Our online offering Melbourne Digital Concert Hall continues to broadcast live from the theatre.

Ticketek have advised The Athenaeum Theatre that they will contact all ticket holders to provide refunds and/or rescheduling your attendance. We ask that ticket holders do not come to the Theatre as it will be closed to the public.

The decision to close the Theatre is based on advice issued by the Health Authorities in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Theatre will maintain communication with all employees, artists and hirers as the situation develops.

The Athenaeum Theatre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff and we believe this is a cautious and prudent response in an evolving situation here in Melbourne.

We sincerely thank everybody for your understanding and patience as we work as hard as we can to help you during these difficult times.

What They Say


Athenaeum Theatre
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Ruby Faith
Ruby Faith
05:32 16 Mar 20
Just great to be in an original style theatre. Beautiful and the performance was top class
Khalil Wade
Khalil Wade
05:09 03 Mar 20
The atmosphere in this theatre is great. Spacious and cool. Small but sweet. Totally recommend
benew productions
benew productions
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
Renee N
Renee N
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 more
Hao Dao
Hao Dao
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.
Fred Thompson
Fred Thompson
12:54 19 Apr 19
Great place to see a show, lovely old theatre.
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188 Collins Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Box Office Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Box Office is currently closed. For all enquries, please contact Ticketek.