As you wait for some grand opera, ballet or musical theatre production to commence on one of the largest stages in the world, sit and relax in one of two thousand comfy seats in the State Theatre and tilt your head back a little to take in the amazing ceiling and its 75,000 tiny brass cups.

The State Theatre is home to two of our fabulous resident companies: The Australian Ballet and Opera Australia.

Keeping the show you’re about to see a tantalising mystery is the ‘stately’, majestic, famous curtain, designed by Graham Bennett, emblazoned with hand-painted Victorian wildflowers, the state’s Coat of Arms and an outspread lyrebird’s tail. The curtain was donated by the former State Bank of Victoria when the theatre opened in 1984.

Hiding behind the curtain is a huge stage that’s equivalent to the floor space of eight suburban homes.

Before the lights go down, try counting those 75,000 tiny brass cups decorating the ceiling. Each one is drilled with several holes to ensure the fire sprinklers hidden behind them are in excellent working order!

Frequently Asked Questions

We are located at 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, just across the Yarra River from Flinders St Station. We have our own car park and there are multiple public transport options to get you to our theatres!

Head to our Hire our Spaces page to discover all the options available.
If you book tickets online, you can use the “Select your own Seat” option to choose seats straight from the map – and if you click the little camera up in the top left hand corner, we will even give you a cheeky peek at what it looks like to sit from different parts of our theatres. There are also static maps available on the pages of each of our main venues.
If you are outside the building or in the foyer then 100%, yes! We want you to share your memories of your visit with friends and family, but unless you have sought permission from us, any footage you take must be for personal use only and not contravene any of our policies around filming. Thanks for respecting this, now snap away!

Photography during performances is generally not permitted. Please check with venue staff upon entering to confirm the photography policy for the performance you are attending.
You certainly can. In fact, we would love to show and tell you about a bunch of stuff you might never know unless you get the lowdown from one of our excellent tour guides! Head to Explore the Buildings for more information.
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State Theatre

Location Address

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

Postal Address

PO Box 7585, Melbourne VIC 8004

Box Office Enquiries

1300 182 183
tickets@artscentremelbourne.com.au
Monday – Saurday: 9am – 8:30pm

Box Office Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 8:30pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am – 5pm*

*Hours are subject to change around performance times