With the potential for up to 5000 people in our theatres, when all venues are operating and have full audiences, it's important to allow plenty of time before the scheduled start of a performance. Having time up your sleeve means you can find parking, collect your tickets, drop your larger items at our free cloakroom, make your way to the venue, buy a program, order your interval drinks and find your seat.
To avoid disrupting both the audience and the performers, most performances have a lockout period restricting latecomer entry until a suitable break in the performance. This means that if you arrive late, you may not get into the show until interval, or, in some cases, at all.
Where latecomer entry is possible, It is usual to seat latecomers in seats at the back of a seating area or in a different level, rather than their ticketed position, to avoid further disruption. Once interval comes, you can move to your originally assigned seat.
For more information about our Latecomer policy, please refer to our Conditions of Entry.
There is no official dress code for Arts Centre Melbourne, although shoes and shirts must be worn at all times (if you're taking a Back-stage Tour, you must wear closed-toed shoes). If in doubt, smart casual is always a good choice.
We want you, and those around you, to be comfortable. If you'd like to dress up for the occasion, that's wonderful, but if you prefer comfort to couture, then that's fine too.
We do have some standard conditions, regarding your belongings and conduct, for anyone visiting our buildings. You can view our Conditions of Entry for more information. By entering any of the Arts Centre Melbourne buildings, you are agreeing to these conditions.
Whether it’s great coffee and a snack, a full dinner before your show, or a nightcap straight after, Arts Centre Melbourne has a wide range of food and beverage options for you to choose from.
Arts Centre Melbourne Membership perks include discounts to all these outlets.
If you're looking for a function space, Arts Centre Melbourne offers a variety of rooms perfect for almost any event - our Conferences and Events page has more information and contact details.
Arts Centre Melbourne is made up of two primary buildings – the 'Theatres' Building (the building with the big spire) and Hamer Hall. Both buildings, as well as the lawn in between, the forecourt in front of the Theatres Building and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl are part of Arts Centre Melbourne.
The Theatres building contains the State Theatre, the Playhouse and the Fairfax Studio, as well as the Australian Music Vault, Café Vic, the Barre and the Pavilion.
Hamer Hall (formally known as the Melbourne Concert Hall) sits just across the lawn from the Theatres building, at the base of Princes Bridge across the Yarra River from Flinders St Station. Bombini Buzz is located at river level in the base of Hamer Hall.
The National Gallery of Victoria NGV) is not part of Arts Centre Melbourne, although it is our nearest Arts neighbour.