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State Theatre

One of Melbourne’s premier entertainment venue is the famous State Theatre. This unique theatre is not only a major venue for musicals and Broadway shows, but also home to some of the nation’s best opera, ballet and symphony orchestra productions.

The State Theatre Melbourne, Seating Plan & Parking

The State Theatre hosts some of the most popular shows in town, including the ballet, musicals, Broadway shows, operas and even comedy. Come and enjoy watching a world-class show at this multi-purpose venue in Melbourne.

The State Theatre has a seating capacity of 2,085; making it one of the largest theatre stages in Australia. The State Theatre showcases some of the best known performances by the Australian Opera and Ballet, each draws thousands of visitors from all across the country.

Apart from its amazing theatrical and musical line-up, the State Theatre in Melbourne is also known for its excellent interior. Check out the amazing ceilings and the Victorian style decor inside this beautiful theatre. The main ceiling at the State Theatre is massive and is adorned with 75,000 tiny brass domes.

The State Theatre was built in 1929 and was initially used as an auditorium. However, as the years passed by, it became an extremely popular venue. Later in 1984, the theatre was reopened as the State Theatre. Gradually, it became the prime venue for many arts and cultural programs in the city.

Seating plans will vary based on the type and size of each event, but here is an example of a past event held at the State Theatre in Melbourne.


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  • Is there a camera view of the Stage from different sections of the theater inside : – Stalls ; Circle; Balcony -. There use to be. I am seeing on the internet many pictures as a whole but not from specific angles/sections. It makes it hard to choose seats. Can someone please help where to look ?

    • Hi Annie,

      I’ve done a bit of a search and have been unable to located a view of the stage from various angles. Perhaps you could call the State Theatre box office and they could give you some information about the best seats for your chosen show.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Julie,

      The State Theatre is wheelchair accessible and there is accessible seating throughout the venue, although I am not sure about the Dress Circle.

      I suggest you get in contact with the Arts Centre’s Disability Access Manager on (03) 9281 8503 during business hours. They will be able to give you more specific information about specific seats within their venue.

      Kind regards,

    • Hi Lesley,

      Yes, Stalls AA are GREAT seats!

      I prefer the stalls when going to the theatre and being only a few rows from the front gets you up nice and close to the action. Even if you have to sacrifice a few rows, try to get seats in the centre of the theatre as, for larger productions, some of the sets can cut off the action with seats at the very edges. Best to go a few rows back to get seats in the middle.

      Enjoy the show!


    • Hi Charmaine,

      For me, I always prefer to sit in the Stalls or in the centre in the balcony. The Boxes will certainly get you closer to the action, but for shows with large set productions, you may not get the full effect by sitting off to the side.

      However, for something like the ballet where the artists have your full focus and come to the front and centre of the stage, the boxes are a good option to get up close to the dancers.


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