Private Cinema and Event Space

The Backlot Studios is Australia’s first purpose-built private cinema and event space for corporate and private functions.  We are a service provider of post-production, creative services, film distribution and logistics.

The auditorium, complete with the latest in digital technology, is set inside a converted warehouse complete with cafe/bar/function area and onsite car park – all within Melbourne’s media hub, Southbank.

Corporate presentations, product launches, private events, film and social club events, gaming and post production facilities such as big screen editing, grading, and mixing in the Dolby 7.1 cinema all available at attainable prices – The Backlot Studios is the next generation of event venues and facilities.

“ The cinemas are beautiful, with incredible sound & comfort – our guests are continuously impressed… with on-site parking also makes a big difference. The team are easy to work with & communication is excellent & professional”
– Universal Pictures Australia


Private events at The Backlot Studios cover all spheres of entertainment. Whether you are looking to treat your friends to a special screening, hosting a party or playing your favourite games on the big screen, we provide a flexible, boutique and private environment. For a great private function package contact us at

“Our staff always find the [Backlot] studio’s service of a high standard and this is matched by the comfort offered to those who attend our screenings… The sound and screen quality are of a high standard and the distinctive furnishings and separate café-style space make for a stylish and comfortable screening experience. ” – Sony Pictures Releasing

  • Private Event Space and Cinema

    Private events at The Backlot Studios cover all spheres of entertainment. Whether you are looking to treat your friends to a special screening, hosting a party or playing your favourite games on the big screen, we provide a flexible, boutique and private environment. For a great package including the cinema event space and catering contact us at

  • Kids Birthday Parties

    Looking for the ultimate kids birthday? The search is over!

    Take the kids to a movie, minus the hassle! Kids can watch, whilst parents can sit back and relax at our cafe/bar. After the movie there’s still time for some games on the big screen!

    Kids catering also available!

  • Christmas Parties

    Do something different this Christmas! Reward your team with a unique cinema experience, with hospitality, in a space that’s exclusively yours.

  • Buck's Parties

    Bring in the Wolf Pack for the greatest Bucks event going around! Your own private cinema with PS4, your choice of film, sports on the big screen or even Laser Skermish!

    ATTENTION ALL BEST MEN: this is a no-brainer…

  • Hen's Parties

    From the ‘Bridesmaids package’ including a film, karaoke, champagne and even a chocolate fountain, to our ‘Sex and the City package’ for Cosmos, The Backlot Studios can cater to your Hen’s desire!

    Drink and catering packages available.

  • Big Screen Gaming

    It’s not rocket science, folks!

    EVERYTHING LOOKS BETTER ON THE BIG SCREEN… especially the latest videogames on the newest systems.

    Outdo your friends (and enemies) at the ultimate man-cave; The Backlot Studios.

  • Sports on the Big Screen

    The shape & size of the ball doesn’t matter at The Backlot Studios, all that matters is our huge silver screen and luxury leather seats. Of course a licensed bar & cafe help as well.

    Watch your favourite team in style and amongst mates at The Backlot Studios. You won’t find better cinema hire in Melbourne!

  • Pop-up Restaurant

    Have you ever been mid-way through the Godfather and all you could think about was Lasagne?

    Or finished watching Pulp Fiction and had an insatiable craving for a ‘royale wit’ cheese? We have!

    Dinner and a Movie just got a whole lot cooler at The Backlot Studios!


The Backlot Studios provides the facilities required for simple corporate events with drinks and snacks all the way through to a movie quality spectacular – including 3D! For a great corporate package contact us at

“…this venue not only catered to all our needs on the day of our product launch, it exceeded our expectation on all levels.  Customer service was exceptional as all our needs were met seamlessly. Along with the Backlot Studios top quality catering our corporate networking session was a huge success, which meant many smiling faces!”
– Siemens Ltd. Australia

  • Presentations

    The Backlot Studio has the technology and skills to build the most incredible presentations possible.  Bring your product or service to life on screen in a way that’s never been done before.  Indelible, not just different. Contact us for more info and be sure to ask about seeing the show-reel.

  • Launches

    The Backlot Studios provides the venue and services to launch your product in the most captivating manner, on the big screen in HD, with heart pumping 7.1 sound. Play your computer game live on the big screen.  Show the features of your latest phone, tablet, media centre etc all in incredible CinemaScope, with sound to match.  Launch your TVC.  Let your staff and customers feel the rumble of the engine as the car drives the circuit.  Launch the band –live or on BluRay.

  • Services

    The Backlot Studios team will assist you create a memorable experience.  Our team of skilled professionals create the presentation, then simply provide it on a disc.  All the tech know-how required from that point is the ability to push ‘play’ –but of course, we can do that for you too. Services also include sourcing and licensing media (film and audio) and event management including catering and staff.

  • Facilities

    The auditorium offers absolute comfort for 78 with leather armchairs.  The flexible entertaining space includes a bar/ service area with coffee and popcorn machines. Lectern, microphones, etc are all available on request.  Wi-fi and hot-desks also available. Ample free parking on site.

Our Clients include

Post Production

At The Backlot Studios you can mix in style within our stunning 7.1 cinema environment and studio!


MIXING – 5.1 / 7.1



Christian Scallan:

Christian’s technical prowess is unmatched in Australia. Having worked on features such as ‘Australia’, ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Red Dog’ and ‘The Bank Job’, his wealth of experience in designing workflows and systems allows for every job to be customised and fluid. He is also one of Australia’s most highly regarded score mixers. Further to this, he has vast experience in working with games on titles such as ‘Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines’.


Mark D’Angelo:

Ex Paramount Pictures, Mark is a qualified composer and engineer (Holding a degree in orchestral composition & solo music performance – Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music). Mark also has vast experience in audio production specialising in recording & production, most recently utilised in ‘Mafia 3’ in the re-creation of era based jingles and vocals. He is also an accomplished sound designer recently working on features – Stalker, The Burning Kiss, Southern Sun and The Gateway.


Jamie Appelby:

Jamie is an ARIA-winning producer well known for the multi million-selling Australian group, ‘Rogue Traders’. James also has a long career of producing artists including INXS, Rob Thomas & Brandon Flowers (The Killers). James has used his talents as a producer across a vast array of platforms from gaming (Mafia 3), television commercials, to even recording the London Symphony Orchestra. His latest film projects include The Burning Kiss and The Gateway.


Tony Ianiro: (Audio Production Manager)

Ex Roadshow Films and Paramount Pictures, Tony is the audio teams production manager and liaison for projects. His important role ensures timelines, budgets and quality is met for every project, no matter how big or small. He also has a wealth of experience in distribution (over 25 years) bringing a consumer knowledge approach to all of our projects.

Film Distribution

The Backlot Films specialises in theatrical and ancillary platform distribution throughout Australia and New Zealand. Providing a ‘with the lot’ solution for producers, The Backlot Films can handle everything from full post-production, distribution and logistical management of your content. With national despatch operations, post-production facilities and localised distribution sales and marketing teams, The Backlot Films combined with it’s partner Deluxe / DDP Studios provides an attainable and strategic roadmap for the production, storage and release of your content.

To make an enquiry, contact Tony Ianiro at


Combining a wealth of experience and providing a true conduit between the realms of Post production and Distribution, The Backlot Films offers localized attainable “one stop shop” options for producers across all platforms.



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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I buy tickets?

    The Backlot Studios is a presentation and event space for private hire only. With an exciting array of uses and options, The Backlot Studios is the perfect venue for corporate presentations, staff training, client and staff incentive nights, social club gatherings, conferencing, post-production, private parties and anything else you can come up with!

    We don’t sell tickets to the general public.

  • What time are you open?

    As we are a private venue for hire, The Backlot Studios is not open to the general public.

    Our doors open half an hour prior to a booking. Should you wish to arrive early to set up or stay late to mingle after your event, prior arrangement must be made with The Backlot Studios.

  • Do you have disabled access?

    We sure do! We believe nobody should be excluded from the awesomeness that is The Backlot Studios. Our entry way and floor space is nice and wide for access, our auditorium has disabled access and the first row of seats is also removable – along with disabled toilet facilities.

  • How do I know which movies I can choose from?

    The Backlot Studios has a large catalogue of films available to choose from. From new releases to classic films we can assist in selecting the film that’s just right for you!

  • Is the venue private?

    Yes. Clients will never be required to share the facility with another group. Once The Backlot Studios has been booked, your group or organisation has exclusive and private use of the venue for the booked time.

  • What does a booking give me?

    A booking at The Backlot Studios entitles you to a 3 hour booking window. You also gain access to the bar / event space.

  • How do I book The Backlot Studios?

    You can book The Backlot Studios by sending us an email to

  • Do you accept credit cards?

    We accept all major cards, except American Express. A booking is not confirmed until full event hire payment has been received into The Backlot Studios account.

  • Where are you located?

    We are at 65 Haig St, Southbank (under the overpass!), VIC 3006

  • How big is the screen?

    Our silver screen is 8m (w) x 4m (h).

  • What sound do you have?

    We are running Dolby Digital 7.1 sound.

  • Is parking available?

    Yes, The Backlot Studios has 25 dedicated car bays on site. There is also ample street and public parking available in the surrounding area.

  • Do you show 3D? Do you provide glasses?

    We sure do have 3D screening capabilities, and glasses as well. These will be required to be returned to us after the film.

  • How many seats do you have?

    The Backlot Studios holds 78 luxurious leather seats for your comfort.

  • Can I use my own catering company?

    The Backlot Studios has our own catering service where we can provide all of your catering needs! Enquire now!

  • How do I join or leave the email list?

    Drop us an email

  • I think I left something behind! Do you have a lost property?

    We do have a Lost Property of sorts. If you do happen to leave something behind, give us a call or shoot us an email and we can have a look for you.

  • Can I get a refund?

    The Backlot Studios does not offer refunds. Please ask for a copy of our Terms and Conditions.

Enquiries and Contact

Send Us a message

The Backlot Melbourne

65 Haig Street, Southbank, Melbourne, 3006

0425 717 832

The Backlot Perth

21 Simpson Street, West Perth, WA, 6005

(08) 92271837
Ian Hale - 0410 876 747