Union Theatre

Type of space: Cinema, Performance venue, Theatre

    Union Theatre

    Capacity: 374 seats

    Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

    The Union Theatre is a proscenium arch style venue with a large stage, house curtain, fly tower and refurbished auditorium. Its acoustics are sympathetic to untrained voices and the stage is not raked, making this a popular venue for student and amateur performances including musicals and dance shows. The theatre’s deep fore-stage and audio-visual facilities also make it ideal for corporate and conference presentations. Backstage, lighting, control and equipment are of a professional standard.

    Pricing Terms

    Union Theatre – Basic Rates

    Monday to Friday $300 per hour – minimum 4 hours

    Saturday $350 per hour – minimum 4 hours

    Sunday and Public Holidays. $400 per hour – minimum 4 hours

    Special Requirements

    Certificate of Currency. Temporary liquor licence may be obtained by hirer to sell alcohol.

    Parking Notes

    Union House is located within the University of Melbourne Parkville campus on the corner of Tin Alley and Union Rd.

    As you walk down Tin Alley from the Swanston Street entrance (Gate 1), Union House is located on the left opposite the Sports Centre.

    The Union Theatre is on the ground floor.

    Public Transport

    Via Swanston: Catch any Swanston St tram to the University tram stop and walk up to the Tin Alley entrance (Gate 1). Walk down Tin Alley and turn left into Union Road, Union House will be immediately on your right.

    Please note: Gate 14 – (Tin Alley and Royal Parade entrance) is for pedestrians and cyclists only

    Via Royal Parade: Catch the number 19 tram on Royal Parade to the Tin Alley entrance (Gate 14). Walk down Tin Alley until you see Union House on your right.

    Drop-offs and Accessible Parking

    You can drop off audience members and performers via Tin Alley Gate 1 on Swanston St. Drive down Tin Alley and Union House is halfway down on the left.

    There are only 6 accessible parks available outside Union House:

    ➡PDF: Parkville Campus Disable Parking Map

    We recommend that you plan to make a drop off in case both accessible parks are in use. If you park in the accessible park you need to purchase a ticket from the machine and display that alongside your disabled parking permit.

    Car Parking

    Unfortunately, being in the middle of campus means that there are no car parks available immediately outside Union House.

    For details of the public car parks on campus see: students.unimelb.edu.au/explore/parking-at-parkville

    Please note that Grattan Street (between Royal Parade and Leicester Street) and Barry Street (between Pelham Street and Grattan Street) are closed to vehicles for up to five years due to the Metro Tunnel Project. Please allow extra time to navigate and park around the University.

    This space is suitable for DanceFilmMusic / SoundNew MediaPerformanceSpoken WordWorkshops


    • Floor Dimensions 216.00 meters sq.
    • Ceiling Height Very High (4m +)
    • Max. Capacity 385
    • Floorplan Download


    For audience
    • Accessible toilet

    • Caption options

    • Disabled parking

    • Drop-off point

    • Public transport

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Wheelchair accessible

    For performers
    • Lifts to stage

    • Speakers in dressing room with adjustable volume

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Suitable signage