The Australian Ballet

Arts Centre Melbourne

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Seating guide

Follow our guide to learn more about the different view and location of our reserve seats at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Seating reserve guide

Premium: Centrally positioned seats in high demand that give the best views.

A-Reserve: Excellent seats that offer clear and unrestricted views.

B-Reserve: Very good seats that are more distant from the stage and may have minor restrictions on side-of-stage views.

C-Reserve: These seats may be positioned further from the stage and may have restricted views of some peripheral elements of the ballet. Among the lower-cost seats, these offer the best value. These seats may be located to the rear or side of the auditorium and have restricted view of some peripheral elements of the ballet.

D-Reserve: These seats are located in the extreme rear or sides of the theatre, and have a restricted view; however, the centre of the stage is still clearly visible.

E-Reserve/Restricted view: These seats are at the rear of the balcony in the State Theatre (Arts Centre Melbourne). These seats have significant sightline restrictions, and are recommended for a music-only experience.

The Australian Ballets seating map for State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne with colour coded seating sections and an attached legend.

Plan your visit

Plan your visit to the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne - with trains, trams and buses located conveniently nearby, or learn more about parking options ahead of time.

Getting there

Arts Centre Melbourne is located at 100 St Kilda Road, just minutes away from the CBD. It’s a short walk across the bridge from Flinders Street train station, and close to the trams and buses of St Kilda Road. Information to help you plan your trip is available on Arts Centre Melbourne’s website.

Parking

Parking is available at The Australian Ballet Centre Car Park, conveniently located behind Arts Centre Melbourne on Kavanagh Street.

Accessibility at Arts Centre Melbourne

The Australian Ballet and Arts Centre Melbourne endeavour to accommodate the individual needs of visitors wherever possible. The learn more about accessibility at Arts Centre Melbourne, follow the link below.

Arts Centre Melbourne - Accessibility
Wheelchair access

Facilities are available at the Arts Centre Melbourne for patrons using a wheelchair. Please inform The Australian Ballet customer experience team or the Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office of your requirements when booking tickets. Call the Information Desk at the Arts Centre Melbourne on 03 9281 8298 at least 24 hours prior to the performance to arrange assistance, if required.

All levels of the Arts Centre Melbourne car park are fully wheelchair accessible. For more information, please visit the Arts Centre Melbourne car park web page.

Assistive listening devices

An FM hearing system is available in most seating areas of the theatre* for visitors with hearing impairment. This service is free, upon presentation of identification. Please alert the ushering staff to your requirements on entering the venue. Visitors will be issued with a receiver and either a headset or a neck loop enabling the use of a hearing aid via the 'T' switch. This system can also be used for guided tours and small meetings in our buildings. For further enquiries please contact Arts Centre Melbourne’s Disability Access Manager on (03) 9281 8503 during business hours.

*At this stage, the Pavilion is not currently set up for assistive hearing.

Audio description

The Australian Ballet, in conjunction with Vision Australia, offers an audio description service for vision-impaired patrons to selected performances. Contact The Australian Ballet customer experience team on 1300 369 741 for further details.

Assistance animals

Assistance animals are permitted in the theatre.

National Companion Card scheme

The Australian Ballet supports the National Companion Card scheme. For more information about the Companion Card, visit companioncard.vic.gov.au. To book tickets using your Companion Card, please phone The Australian Ballet on 1300 369 741.

General Venue Information

Come and experience the joy, thrill and wonder of the performing arts at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Cloaking

The cloakroom is located in the Smorgan Family Plaza on Level 5 of the Theatres Building (the building with the big spire). This is one level below street, or the same level as the entrance into the building from the Arts Centre Melbourne car park.

Our Theatres building cloakroom opens 75 minutes before a show in the State Theatre, and closes 30 minutes after the conclusion of that performance.

Photography and audio/video recording

It is strictly prohibited to take photos or audio/video recordings during any performance by The Australian Ballet. Photography is permitted during curtain call.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones must be turned off prior to a performance.

Terms and conditions

All patrons are bound by the Art Centre Melbourne's conditions of entry.

Admittance to all venues is subject to the venue's COVID safe plan at time of entry.

Contact details

For more information about Arts Centre Melbourne visit their website or call Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183.

A rendered image of the new State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne which shows new sections yet to be developed.

Reimagining Arts Centre Melbourne

In April a significant milestone was reached in the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation (MAPT), with the appointment of a head contractor, Lendlease as the provider of the Main Works package. This package of works includes Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building (under the Spire) as a major component of MAPT.

Lendlease are on site to manage the works on the Theatres Building’s significant upgrades – including restoration and enhancement of the heritage State Theatre auditorium. Technology at the theatre will be upgraded with new state-of-the-art lighting, sound system upgrades and broadcast infrastructure – bringing the creative icon into the 21st Century.

Improvements will be made to accessibility of the State Theatre, with the addition of new lifts and wheelchair positions in the Stalls, meaning that for the first-time wheelchair users will have choice from all three seating levels. The project is also increasing the numbers of enhanced amenity seating (with more space between rows) to aid mobility impaired patrons. Two new hospitality spaces will be built into the western and northern façades of the Theatres Building, giving more choice for pre- and post-theatre dining.

Further changes include:

  • A new accessible Stage Door
  • An expanded Loading Dock – doubling the size of our existing underground space, improving safety and efficiency when bumping-in performances
  • A new, flexible Rehearsal Space and Studio, with an adjoining Function Room that gives a sneak peek inside. This rehearsal space will be right next to the State Theatre stage, meaning dancers can warm up near their performance space.
Reimagining of Arts Centre Melbourne

Your questions, answered

What will the foyers look like?

The State Theatre foyers remain untouched in this phase of work, except for some additional bathroom amenity and lifts to assist audience members into new wheelchair positions.

What colour will the seats be?

The gorgeous Truscott heritage interior of the State Theatre will remain faithful to the original design. As it is an ageing venue, some elements – like the seats – need to be replaced. While the specific seats have not been designed as yet, you can be assured that the design team are maintaining the original design vision and will be matching the seat colour to be as close as possible to the original.