Full details of our available spaces are below.
For all venue and technical enquiries, please email the Building Manager with the following information:
- Which venue at The Coopers Malthouse interests you
- Relevant dates and times
- Type of event or presentation
- Number of people expected at your event or presentation
The Coopers Malthouse
Conveniently located close to ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), Chunky Move, Melbourne Recital Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne, The Coopers Malthouse houses three theatres, rehearsal studios, meeting rooms, a bar and a café in the heart of Southbank.
Originally built in 1892 as a brewery and malting works, The Malthouse was generously donated by Carlton and United Breweries in 1986 with the vision to provide a home for the creation and presentation of contemporary Australian theatre.
Since the official opening of The Malthouse in 1990, the flexible, stylish and intimate theatres remain highly sought after by a range of organisations, including Melbourne Festival, Victorian Opera, Chunky Move, Bell Shakespeare and even more contemporary dance and theatre companies. These events complement the year-round productions produced and curated by Malthouse Theatre, the resident theatre company of The Coopers Malthouse.
In September 2013 Malthouse Theatre announced a major partnership with Coopers, with the venue adopting the new name The Coopers Malthouse.
The Coopers Malthouse is also used as an exciting alternative to more conventional conference facilities and reception centres, hosting conferences, product launches and AGMs for a range of corporate clients.
The Merlyn Theatre is the largest of the three theatres within The Coopers Malthouse and is named after Dame Merlyn Myer DBE to mark the generosity of the Sidney Myer Fund, The Myer Foundation, and the individual members of the Myer family who made the building conversion possible.
The versatile venue offers a unique seating design and stage relationship which makes it ideally suited for drama, dance, music and opera – both contemporary and classical – as well as a unique venue for conferences, product launches and private functions.
The Merlyn Theatre can seat up to 512 patrons on three levels. It features an orchestra pit and flexible seating, with the ability to offer reserved and general admission attendance.
The Beckett Theatre is ideally suited for performances and events that are intimate and engaging. Named in honour of John Beckett, the designer and theatre consultant responsible for The Malthouse conversion, the Beckett Theatre boasts a warm atmosphere retaining many of the original features of the building.
The Beckett Theatre can seat up to 198 people on two levels. In great demand for performances from all areas of the performing arts, the Beckett Theatre is also used successfully for conferences and other similar functions. Entry is by reserved seating or general admission.
The Tower Theatre was developed in 2005 as a flexible black-box studio theatre. With flexible rostra of up to ten rows, in a multitude of configurations, the Tower Theatre seats up to 99 patrons. The performance space has become a premiere destination for dynamic independent theatre and intimate conferences.
Function and Rehearsal Spaces
For information on our Connections Packages for group functions, click here.
The spaces available for functions act as additional rehearsal and presentation spaces that are available for hire:
The Bagging Room (named after the process of bagging malt) can accommodate up to 180 people for a seminar or conference and also serves as a functional rehearsal space. The Bagging Room contains many of the early features of The Malthouse; timber beams, exposed brickwork and even some original machinery.
Dimensions 15m x 12m
The Hoopla! Room (named after a very early incarnation of the production company, Hoopla!) is ideally suited for rehearsals, workshops, seminars or meetings accommodating between 30–80 people.
Dimensions 11m x 9.5m
The Shell Room (named after one of the corporations who contributed to the development of The Malthouse in 1986) is an intimate room suitable for board and management meetings, workshops and dinners for up to 20 people.
Dimensions 8m x 6m
The Mezzanine is located in The Coopers Malthouse Foyer overlooking the main foyer and café/bar area. The Mezzanine is suitable for private drinks and catered functions.
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