The National Theatre
Main Auditorium 783 pax
Cabaret/Stand Up Space 50-70 pax
The National Theatre has a number of spaces available for hire.
These include studios, the main theatre and foyers. This historic 1920's Beaux-Art venue offers opulent classical architecture as well as state of the art technical facilities to make any event unforgettable.
(03) 9534 0221
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE MELBOURNE
Building commenced 1920, opened 1921 as a cinema 3000 seats.
By 1924 Mr Thring was on the board of Hoyts, and the Victory entered the Hoyts chain until 1971
Major reconstruction undertaken in 1928 reduced seating capacity to 2550 and made theatre more luxurious to compete with new Palais and Regent Theatres.
June 26 1929 converted to talking pictures
October 6 1937 seating was 1650 (stalls), 354 (lounge) and 537 (dress circle)
Purchased by National Theatre Movement 1971
September 1972 - conversion of former stalls into Studios completed & schools moved in.
1972-74 Work underway to add new stage to former dress circle continued
Opened as National Theatre 1974 - live venue using former dress circle as auditorium (800 seats). Current capacity 783
Please click on the links below to download Technical Specifications for The National Theatre
|The National Theatre Melbourne Technical Specifications.pdf|
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