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The Regent Theatre

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Central Business District
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Address: 191 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9299 9500
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00

The landmark Regent Theatre holds a key part in our city’s history since...

The landmark Regent Theatre holds a key part in our city’s history since opening as a grand picture palace in 1929. Having survived a fire, a flood, 20 years in darkness and many threats of demolition, the venue reopened in August 1996, meticulously refurbished and returned to its breathtaking former glory.Today it stands more lavish and grand than ever and continues to host some of the world’s most renowned theatre productions.

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Takes your breath away beautiful

This theatre is amazing. The architecture is just beautiful. Lovely old fashioned building, great seating for the shows. The acoustics are spot on for such an old building. Also... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Claire M
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This theatre is amazing. The architecture is just beautiful. Lovely old fashioned building, great seating for the shows. The acoustics are spot on for such an old building. Also the staff are helpful and friendly, the snacks and drinks are surprisingly affordable. This is just a lovely venue in general. Also the shows here are world class.

Thank Claire M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If a traditional old world theatre is your thing then this is the place to see. It's one of those beautifully and well preserved venues. To boot, it has a massive period appropriate reception venue. It doesn't have great modern facilities but that's just not its thing. Think, period heritage old world theatre 🎭

Thank Dan M
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

It is such a bonus when live theatre is staged at The Regent Theatre. The Rococo interior is truly extraordinary. As a bonus this is the only theatre in Melbourne that you can stretch your legs. There is even room to walk along rows, so you don't have to get up close and personal with other audience members - as... More 

Thank SueW032016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I just got back from watching Circus 1903 in a theatre built in 1929... pretty sure there was no DeLorean involved but I seriously feel like I've time travelled! This is the most beautiful theatre I've had the pleasure to attend, and the show itself was perfectly suited. Amazing.

Thank Cristy S
Frankston, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The Regent Theatre is hands down, the most beautiful Theatre in Melbourne! You get to walk the Red carpet to enter the venue which is something exciting for the young children and even for my Nan whenever we go! When you enter the foyer you are surrounded by astounding beauty! The roof and the walls are all something to look... More 

Thank Beck R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

The show lefte speechles Wonderful a must see A godsend to the Melbourne public The performers were remarkable The Ringmaster a genius working with both the performers,the audience and children he invitef up on to rhe stage

Thank Mike M
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

It is a wonderful experience to see inside this theatre. So very glad the developers did not get their way and demolish the building to replace it with a car park or hotel with pokie machines. Apparently the Plaza ballroom underneath is a joy to see as well. The seats upstairs are very comfortable with lots of leg room. The... More 

Thank catho2
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We saw the magnificent production of Circus 1903 here whilst on holiday. Such a beautiful theatre. We had third row seats and were in the centre so we had a great view of the production. I was surprised to see parents let their children climb and stand on the seats for this family show before and during intermission. The theatre... More 

Thank Vanessa M
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

My husband & I saw Jimmy Barnes here last Saturday night and we absolutely love this beautiful old theatre. The best thing about it, is the leg room between the chairs. You are not squashed in visiting here. Will certainly be back :)

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing historic building and great venue for concerts and stage lovers. I've been here a few times and it is always stinking hot up top. Maybe to do with the lighting, roof etc. Also I overheard many complaints from people that pre-booked drinks at interval and their line was 3 times the length of the non-pre booked... More 

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