The Backlot Studios is Australia’s first purpose-built private cinema and event space for corporate and private functions.

Impress your guests in your own private cinema and event space, ideal for corporate functions, conferences, a product launch, media screenings, a film premiere or special events. Host your next birthday party or private function, watch a film of your choice or your favourite sport live, play video games or sing along to karaoke on our big screen!

Our flagship STUDIO A features a cinema with adjoining licensed event space:

  • Private cinema for screenings and events (78 seated capacity)
  • Versatile event space with licensed private bar (100 standing capacity)
  • Ideal for conferences, product launches, media screenings or special events
  • Live music performances, showcases or theatre
  • Production facility for final re-record 5.1 & 7.1 mixing

Conveniently nestled in Southbank Melbourne, treat yourself, staff or clients with a touch of Hollywood or Bollywood within this hidden gem; a versatile facility that can be tailored to your event needs.

Our flagship STUDIO A cinema is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities:

  • Premium 8×4 metre screen
  • 78 luxury leather armchairs
  • 7.1 surround sound
  • Presentation lectern, microphones, spotlights, PA system, CD/DVD/iPod sound system, photocopier, free Wi-Fi internet
  • Private fully licensed café/bar serving traditional cinema candy bar treats, bona fide barista made coffee, non-alcoholic beverages and an extensive alcohol range
  • A versatile function room with dance floor and foyer to entertain up to 100 people
  • Digital screens throughout the venue (bring a USB of images or company logo you would like displayed on screens)
  • Free onsite parking for guests
  • Easy ground level access for mobility and sight impaired guests


Our versatile facility can be tailored to your event needs:

  • Media screenings
  • Corporate presentations
  • Product launches
  • Staff training or seminars
  • Conferences
  • Testing content or presenting content to a client
  • Short film presentations
  • Kids parties
  • Birthday parties or other special occasions
  • Console gaming or karaoke
  • Sit down dinners with a movie theme
  • Hens, bucks or hucks nights
  • Engagements or cocktail style weddings
  • Wedding video screening
  • Trivia nights
  • Speeches
  • Fundraising events
  • Religious sermons or gatherings
Do you have disabled access?
Yes. The main entrance and floor space is nice and wide ideal for mobility impaired guests. There is a secondary ground floor cinema entrance, which leads to the first row of removable seats for up to 10 wheelchairs. The facility has a disabled toilet for guests and car bays near the entrance door.
How much is it to hire a film?
Please nominate your film selection on the booking form so that we can obtain film hire charges from the copyright owner (i.e. the distributor or producer). For new releases, The Backlot Studios can have access to these approx. 5-6 weeks after cinema release date (depending on the title).
How do I book The Backlot Studios?
An event booking form must be completed and emailed through to
Where are you located?
65 Haig Street, Southbank, VIC 3006 (cinema entrance under signage ‘Studio A Cinema’).
How do I know which movies I can choose from?
The Backlot Studios has a large selection of films available. From new releases to classic films, we can assist in selecting a film that is just right for your event.
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 period.
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.
Is there parking available?
Yes. The Backlot Studios have dedicated car bays onsite. There is also ample street and public parking available in the surrounding area. Car park is not available on Sunday.

Step 1: View our event information kit

Step 2: Download & complete the booking form

Step 3: Email completed form to

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165 Bank Street, South
Melbourne, VIC 3205