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 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 Streets.

    The space has been in operation for over 4 years and has seen a wide variety of creative professionals through its doors over the years.

    Space for hire:

    Perfect for theatre shows, movie screenings, auditions, workshops or anything else that requires a large soundproof and light-reduced space.

    We have a large private space available for up to 150 people, with removable stage blocks, stylish temple-vibe rugs, chairs, separate bathrooms, and a kitchenette. There's also an abundance of cushions that can be used as seating.

    We can provide sound and lighting equipment, otherwise this space is the perfect blank canvas for whatever creative project you are working on.


    Capacity: 150 seated, 80 lying down, 60 hoola hooping 

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

    Ceiling Height: 3.70m

    Rigging: Concrete ceiling perfect for any rigging points required

    Sound Proofing: High Level of sound proofing

    Flooring: Black Painted Concrete

    Sound: 2 x RCF ART 3 15” Speakers, wall mounted. Allen & Health 16 channel mixer, 1 x wired microphone. This system will cater perfectly for all workshop and small bands set-ups.

    Walls: Space is a blank canvas, with white painted walls.

    Décor: Assortment of carpets, cushions, salt lamps, chairs, trestle tables, lighting, mirrors.

    Amenities: 2 x Toilets, 1 x shower and 1 x Kitchenette with sink basic amenities and small prep area for preparing basic food/snacks for events. 

    All amenities are at the rear of the room, and are shared with the WooM RooM (Next Door) amenities.

    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.

    Pricing Terms

    - 2-hour minimum booking periods 9am - 5pm

    - 8-hour minimum booking periods 5pm - 1am

    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 120


    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