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New theatre and events space opening in Melbourne this week

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New theatre and events space opening in Melbourne this week
Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, having enjoyed a flurry of interest from major hotel operators, will get a further shot in the arm this week with the opening of a $78 million redeveloped theatre and events complex, The Round at Nunawading.

About 40 minutes from the CBD with direct access to the M3 freeway, the eastern corridor includes Box Hill and Ringwood, both home to corporate head offices that have moved out of Melbourne’s city centre.

Accor opened its 103-room Sebel Ringwood in May 2022 and has since announced a 132-room Novotel at nearby Box Hill, set to open in 2025. Meanwhile Marriott has announced its AC brand will also open in Ringwood next year with 200 rooms.

The Round features a 600+ seat proscenium theatre with green rooms, an orchestra pit for 28 and the latest AV equipment plus a loading dock. In addition to the theatre, there a 200-seat studio theatre, two multipurpose rehearsal studios and versatile function spaces perfect for business, community or private use. There’s also a 14-seat boardroom.

It offers a unique opportunity for conference organisers to access a full professional plenary and breakout facilities without CBD congestion, with a range of modern accommodation options nearby and with 400 parking spaces on site. 

“Whitehorse City Council is incredibly excited to present The Round and unveil the new, world-class venue which we hope will become the cultural heart of Melbourne’s east,” said Whitehorse City Council Mayor Mark Lane.

It already has a line-up of events, including well-known artists, with the opening night this Friday featuring Melbourne performers Lucy Durack – of Wicked and Legally Blonde The Musical fame – and Gary Pinto – who released his Sam Cooke: The Music album last year – in concert.

Set in expansive parklands which offer lush suburban scenery, The Round will also house a purpose-built soundshell for festivals and outdoor events.

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