Engine Room

Type of space: Multi-use Space, Art Gallery, Cinema, Community Hall, Dance Studio, Darkroom, Music Performance Venue, Music Rehearsal Space, Performance venue, Photography and Film Location, Photography Studio, Rehearsal Space, Sound Recording Studio, Theatre, Warehouse

    Second Story Studios is a creative and conscious community hub in the heart of Collingwood, ideally located on the corner of Johnston & Hoddle.

    The space has been in operation for over 6 years and has seen a wide variety of creative professionals through its doors over the years.


    ​The intention for The Engine Room is to gather people together to express themselves freely and authentically, and to celebrate that expression. It is a place to cultivate and release kinetic energies and this room is designed to inspire motion. It is mostly used for group workshops, but is also used for art exhibitions, events, and fundraisers and anything that requires low levels of light and soundproofing like movie screenings and theatre shows.


    Capacity: 70 seated, 55 lying down

    Space dimensions: 15.7m x 10.45m = 163sq/m

    Ceiling height: 3.70m

    Rigging: concrete ceiling, suitable for any rigging points required

    Sound proofing: high 

    Flooring: black painted concrete

    Sound: 2 x RCF ART 3 15” speakers, wall mounted. Allen & Heath 16-channel mixer, 1 x wired microphone

    Walls: 4 x white painted walls

    Décor: blue Turkish-style carpets, salt lamps, chairs, trestle tables, lighting, mirrors

    Amenities: 2 x toilets, 1 x shower and access to communal kitchen upstairs with sink, fridge/freezer, water urn, bench area, utensils, mugs and cups plus optional bar if the space is being used for an event

    Heating: Frico 6kw 3-phase Infrared units x 3 = 18kw maximum heating power. Heaters can be switched between 3 modes of either 6/12/18kw modes depending on room heat required.

    Inventory: stage blocks, black folding chairs, cushions, yoga mats, blankets, standing lights, trestle tables, mirrors (all subject to availability on the day).

    Pricing Terms

    *Starting price subject to change and may vary according to use.

    Lease Conditions

    We are very flexible on booking durations, depending on existing calendar of events.

    Parking Notes

    - Abundance of street parking in the local area with varying time limits from 1-4 hours

    - 150-space public car park next to Victoria Park Train Station (5 mins walk, $6 per day).

    This space is suitable for AnimationCircusDanceExhibitionsFilmFilm LocationInstallationMeetingsMusic / SoundNew MediaOpenings/launchesPerformancePhotoshootsPodcastsSingingSpoken WordWorkshops


    • Floor Dimensions 165.00 meters sq.
    • Ceiling Height Very High (4m +)
    • Max. Capacity 70


    For audience
    • Accessible toilet

    • Bold signage

    • Disabled parking

    • Drop-off point

    • Entrance ramps

    • Flexible layout

    • Public transport

    • Smooth ground surface

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Wheelchair accessible

    • Wide hallways / entrance

    For performers
    • Accessible stage door

    • Arriving / exiting ramp

    • Flexible environment in dressing room

    • Reachable door handles

    • Smooth ground surface

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Suitable signage