Comedy Theatre

240 Exhibition Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Operated by: Marriner Theatres

Architects: Charles Neville Hollinshed

Functions: Live Theatre, Movies (Film Festivals)

Styles: Spanish Renaissance

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 61039.299.4950

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Comedy Theatre

The Comedy Theatre is located directly across the street from Her Majesty’s Theatre. It was built on the site of the Hippodrome Theatre, a circus and melodrama theatre. Built for the J.C. Williamson Theatres chain it opened on 28th April 1928 with W. Somerset Maughan’s play "Our Betters" starring British actress Margaret Bannerman who was especially brought over from London. Designed by theatre architect Charles Neville Hollinshed in a Florentine style on the exterior and a Spanish Renaissance style internally. The original seating capacity was for 1,008 in stalls and circle.

It has always been primarily a playhouse, but in the 1930’s and more-so during World War II in the 1940’s when stage productions were scarce, it reverted to screening films.

For many decades now, it has been back in use as a live theatre with seating for 562 in the stalls and 435 in the dress circle. The Comedy Theatre is now controlled by the Marriner Theatres group. It houses the annual Melbourne Film Festival in August.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

AdoraKiaOra on March 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm

The worst theatre seats EVER!

curmudgeon on November 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Recently used as a venue for the Melbourne International Film Festival. Can anyone confirm where Digital Projector was located? Imagine it was probably in the circle as can’t imagine any semblance of a projection suite is still intact.

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