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More than simply a performance space, The Italian Forum Cultural Centre is a complete performing and visual arts venue as well as a multipurpose events and functions facility. Expertly designed to host a variety of event types, the centre includes a main performance hall, gallery spaces, meeting and conference rooms plus various other event areas. The interiors are crisp, bright and modern, designed by Sydney architects Brewster Hjorth



The Main Auditorium

The auditorium can accommodate seating for 312 patrons in a theatre mode, 160 in a seated function mode and 400 for standing functions or performances. It is designed for multiple uses, including:

  • Theatre in a number of modes (thrust, end on, in the round, etc..)
  • Chamber music and recitals
  • Contemporary music and dance parties
  • Flat floor and ballroom modes for functions and receptions
  • Rehearsal space for orchestra, physical theatre and workshops.
  • Catwalk fashion shows
  • Conferences, seminars and corporate conventions, exhibitions and trade functions
  • Film screenings

The Performance Hall has a sprung floor of 300 square metres and a height to the main ceiling of 6.9 metres. The volume of space below the main ceiling totals 1,890 cubic metres.

The venue is acoustically insulated to a minimum of Rw45 reverberation times for the space. Based on AS/NZS 2107:2000, a reverberation time of approximately 0.8‐0.9s as measured in the mid‐frequencies (500Hz and 1000Hz) will permit the auditorium to possess “good” acoustic qualities for a variety of uses. In general, the auditorium acoustics are designed to support a range of activities such as live and pre‐recorded music in addition to supporting the spoken word.

The theatre seating will is retractable which allows for the seats to be easily removed and stored. The tiered seating banks provide seating for 272 people, plus 40 stand alone chairs, an ideal size for cabaret, spoken word presentations and small theatrical productions.

The design of the venue also allows the auditorium to be linked to the large exhibition and function area. The back of house facilities include sufficient dressing rooms, storage and technical operating points.

A loading dock and parking facility for 265 vehicles are available under the Centre. Entrance to the loading dock is from Balmain road and parking is both from Norton Street and Balmain Road.

function rooms

These rooms will host conferences, exhibitions, lectures and meetings and are designed to accommodate the following functional requirements:

  • Classroom teaching functions
  • Web conferencing
  • Audio visual – projections
  • Moveable walls to allow for multiple capacities depending on class requirements
  • Access to the warming up kitchen on the gallery floor

gallery space

The gallery space has been designed mainly for exhibitions however can also be closed off for private functions or utilised for other purposes such as product and trade displays or as a break out area for other events. The gallery is accessible from the main Piazza and internal foyers.

 venue specification 


piazza as a place of public entertainment

The Piazza consists of 650 square metres of which 325 square metres are licensed for outdoor seating areas to the Restaurants facing the Piazza.

It is suitable for the following events types:

  • Musical performances and small scale concerts
  • Theatre performances
  • Movie screenings
  • Markets and products exhibitions and fairs, promotions and sale
  • Functions 

leichhardt library

Located on the Piazza Level across from ACA the perfect location for research or quiet study.