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Overlooking the pristine Yarra river, River Terrace at Federation Square comprises of several restaurants and venues that can be hired for meetings, weddings and other private events. Events here include beer and food festivals, musical evenings and so on. The waterside location of the place makes it a favorite venue amongst many locals.
One of Melbourne's architectural marvels, the Town Hall takes pride of place in the city center. Begun in the 1860s, the building was finally completed in 1887 with the addition of the portico. It was the scene of many meetings as well as poultry shows and is still used for numerous functions today. It can also lay claim to having played host to Queen Elizabeth II and the Beatles! The Victorian Tourism Association is located in one of the ground floor offices, and provides extensive visitor information about Melbourne and Victoria.
Regent Plaza Ballroom is counted amongst the most preferred venue for various private events and functions. Built in a quaint European style of architecture, the ballroom has many foyers, rooms and halls that host weddings, conventions, conferences, ceremonies, dinners and more. The lavish ambiance of the place makes it a popular venue.
The Regent might look old, but it is actually about the most modern of the old theaters in Melbourne, first opening in 1929. Its lavish decor, both in the theater and in its foyer areas, brings to mind the West End of London. A small but attractive feature is generous room for legs. One can sit with another walking past, all without any fuss and bother. Quite the opposite of modern theaters. It hosts a range of events ranging from popular musicals to pop concerts. Binoculars can be hired.
Unlike the Regent Theater opposite, the Athenaeum deals pretty exclusively in live theater. However, its productions range from Bell's Shakespeare Company to Winnie-the-Pooh to one-man shows. There is a small theater upstairs and the main theater downstairs seats slightly fewer than 1000 at full capacity. The National Trust classified building is decoratively rather more restrained than some of the old city center theaters. Refreshments are available.
These days there are a lot of comedy venues, but the Last Laugh Comedy Club, with its focus specifically on stand-up comedy, is still special. Good crowd anticipating a good show give it a great atmosphere. For booking details and other information, check website.
Playing host to national and international acts year-round, The Hi-Fi has become an iconic symbol of quality live music in Melbourne. Regarded by locals as one of the best venues in Melbourne, the Hi-Fi was originally built in the art deco style and is constructed in such a way as to provide clear views of the stage in every seat. Multiple bars will assure you your favorite beverage while you watch top-notch acts.
Australian Center For The Moving Image is a world-class center striving to explore the moving image in all ways possible. The premier and hi-tech destination has witnessed a century of films, television, computer games and interactive media arts. This entertainment hub undertakes numerous programs including exhibitions, talks, forums and more. You can hang out at the ACMI lounge with other film buffs or arrange a Kids' Flicks Sunday Club excursion here. There's also an in-house store where screen-culture devotees can purchase movie merchandise.
The Dome is considered amongst Melbourne's beautifully constructed structures and is admired by many for its fine architecture. With a chic decor and a capacity of about 400 guests, it is buzzing all through the year with various private events and functions. The place is hired for a platter of corporate events like meetings and conferences to social events like weddings, dinners, parties and so on. Some of the fine services it offers include catering, theme consultation, entertainment and more. A perfect host!
The Forum opened the same year as the Regent - 1929. But whereas the Regent is a rather classic style theater, the Forum is architecturally an oddball. You cannot but notice it as you pass down Flinders Street. And the inside is equally unusual and ornate. These days it does not attempt to compete with the many old theaters in the city area. Instead the main, downstairs area is cabaret in style, though seating some 800 odd - a big cabaret!
One of the gems belonging to the Greater Union Cinemas chain, the Melbourne City Cinemas are a great place to catch a movie with friends or family. Features include, Digital Suround Sound, 6 screens and the Seniors Club—a club for 60 plus people, with screening invites, newsletters, candy bar deals, and other offers. For session times, pricing, bookings, and other details, call or check the website.
Chinatown Cinema is one of the few cinemas that shows Chinese films outside of China. Visitors can watch a range of movies from Asian countries. Three screens enthrall crowds with Bollywood hits, Japanese animation, Chinese and Korean films, etc. Call for ticket rates, showtimes and other details.