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Forum Theatre

2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection.
Marriner Group
154 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

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Record #320  
 Opened: February 23, 1929
Capacity: 3371 seats
Architect(s): John Eberson
Architectural Style(s): Atmospheric
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: State, Rapallo, Forum I & II
 Previously operated by: Greater Union Cinemas

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

This spectacular movie palace opened as the State Theatre with 3,371 seats. It was the largest picture theatre in Australia. It closed as a single screen cinema on 1st March 1962 with the double bill 'Homicidal' and 'Twist Around The Clock'.

The theatre was twinned and re-opened as the Forum Theatre located in the former stalls area with 944 seats in April 1962. The 627 seat Rapallo Theatre located in the former circle opened in December 1963. This theatre retained most of the atmospheric detail of the former interior, but the side walls were 'taken in' to create a more intimate auditorium. Both screens continued to be used for film presentation until they were closed in 1982. In recent years they have become used for concerts and live shows under the control of Marriner Theatres.

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March 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 1/14/2016.

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