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La Mama Courthouse Theatre

City of Melbourne |

La Mama Theatre has been using this former courthouse as a theatre space for 20 years. With more than 10,000 people attending theatrical performances at the courthouse every year, this adapted building has a vibrant new life – with recent upgrades by HLCD Pty Ltd with Somerville Design. The unusual Gothic style Carlton Court House was built in 1887. It was built directly opposite the Carlton Police Station and is a reminder the Drummond Street was once the civic centre of Carlton. Following the loss to fire of the La Mama Theatre’s Faraday Street venue in May this year, the La Mama Court House has become an even more significant part of Melbourne’s creative community. La Mama has provided welcome opportunities, support and exposure to many playwrights, actors, directors, technicians, film-makers, poets, musicians and comedians, with an alumni that includes David Williamson, Cate Blanchett, Jack Hibberd, Graeme Blundell, Judith Lucy, Richard Frankland and Julia Zemiro, and many other established and emerging artists. Now 50 years ‘young’. Take the opportunity at Open House Melbourne to learn about the future of this important organisation as it adapts to the loss of one of its key theatre buildings.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sun 10am–12.30pm

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Details: Tours run continuously, for 20 minutes, in groups of 25

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Child access

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Year Built: 1883

  • Transport: Tram stop 1: University of Melbourne/Swanston Street on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72

  • Tour Type: Guided, queue

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