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Comedy Theatre

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Address: 240 Exhibition St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 9299 9990
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Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre holds a vital place in the city’s vibrant live...

Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre holds a vital place in the city’s vibrant live entertainment scene. Built in 1928, the Comedy Theatre still maintains a lot of its original characteristics including balcony seating, a generous foyer and an elegant staircase.With seating for up to 1000 patrons, it is not only comedy that you will find here – audiences can enjoy a diverse range of theatre and live entertainment.

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Critically Wil show 2017 Melbourne Comedy Festival

The theatre had no problem with wheelchair s and accommodating them. Had a ramp and a guy to help you up the ramp. The wheelchair and their companion seats are right up the... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The theatre had no problem with wheelchair s and accommodating them. Had a ramp and a guy to help you up the ramp. The wheelchair and their companion seats are right up the front (3rd row) not hidden in the back like a last thought. We were treated like first class not like a second class citizen like most. Music... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

Have been to this theater a number of times to see some really great shows. However, the whole theater is badly in need of a makeover that preserves it's heritage but allows for more comfortable facilities. The seats are absolutely atrocious and leave me numb for hours and you often hear those around you complaining about the seats and the... More 

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Thank DeniseK1957
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

One of the smaller venues in Melbourne's CBD theatre district (stalls & dress circle) but has all the amenities required for a comfortable visit. Solid seating, perhaps a little tight for some but comfortable enough for an hour or so's entertainment between breaks. Compact foyer area does fill up quickly however a handy refreshments bar is also located in the... More 

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Thank Wazza33
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Tip: plenty of bars nearby for pre theatre drink. Bar at theatre gets crowded and not very enjoyable. That said, love this old theatre. Quite small but benefit is that you feel close to the stage and actors. Great view from stalls. Dress circle might be challenging for older people with stairs.

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Thank ShaneABurke
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Judith Lucy is hilarious! We laughed so much our jaws were aching and we could barely catch our breath. We purchased our tickets months ago when they were first released and were so excited to get front row seats. Imagine our shock when we arrived our seats had been given away by the usher and we were told by her... More 

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Thank jetsetters000
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Was recently at the Comedy Theatre to see Fawlty Towers, fabulous show. The Theatre has charm, but is clearly showing it age, which is OK. Seats are certainly not the most comfortable and if sitting in the middle of the row they are very tight to access. Staff are great and always engaging, other than the seating I love going... More 

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Thank MelbourneAl
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Well they had the heaters on full bore way to hot. You could not hear them the accoustics were very bad. Should have had microphones. We had good seats but could ot hear. So it was very disappointing and a waste of good money. Well I wont be going ba k to the comedy theatre. Also seats v ery uncomfortable... More 

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Thank tigerlady1958
Traralgon, Australia
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We came here to see Fawlty Towers. Enjoyed the show and being in the lobely comedy theatre. Dont buy seats in the dress circle if you have mobility issues as wallking up the steep stairs can be hazardous!

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Thank Ashley H
Papamoa, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

We really enjoyed the show Faulty Towers in this Beautiful Historical Theatre but the chairs were not comfortable and even though I am only average size , they are not very wide, in fact a larger person would be extremely uncomfortable I would think. It was also very hot inside, to the point of taking something away from the show.... More 

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Thank eddiefredie
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We were there for The Beast. Great production along with a beautiful building. Sitting comfortable possibly a little squashy for me as a taller person They have a bar in the theatre which makes it quick and easy for a drink. Would recommend getting eats prior to arriving, prices are a little step.

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