The Substation

1 Market Street, Newport, VIC, 3015


About The Substation

The Substation, just minutes from Melourne’s CBD is one of those unique warehouse venues with fascinating history and architectural brilliance. You see it, fall in love with it and will never forget it! The Substation has a dedicated functions and events team that can manage all types of functions such as wedding receptions, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, workshops, sit down dinners, cocktail parties, engagement celebrations, Christmas celebrations to name a few.

The Substation is a contemporary multi-disciplinary arts hub housed in the unique historic Newport Substation, just minutes from the CBD. A not-for-profit independent organisation which presents the very best in contemporary music, theatre, dance, circus, hybrid and visual arts; The Substation is a creative and flexible space that hosts corporate, community, art and private functions over three levels.

More than a magnificent building, The Substation aspires to be one of Melbourne’s leading presenters of the arts across all art forms. The Substation boasts a 250 seat, flexible performance space, creative development studio, visual arts workshops and studio spaces, as well as the western suburbs’ most extensive gallery space. It is one of the most exciting developments in Melbourne.

Venue Capacity

Room Board Room U-Shape Classroom Theatre Cabaret Banquet Cocktail
The Foyer30150
Performance Floor280300200350
Darren Williams Dance Studio50244560
Transit Room404040404045
Room Board Room U-Shape Classroom Theatre Cabaret Banquet Cocktail
The Foyer30150
Performance Floor280300200350
Darren Williams Dance Studio50244560
Transit Room404040404045

Venue Features

  • Parking on-site
  • Accommodation on site
  • AV system
  • Disabled access

Function Rooms — The Substation

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    The Foyer

    The Foyer at The Substation takes full advantage of the three story high space. This impressive entrance to the building as been used as a ceremony, reception and cocktail party space or a small sit-down dinner can be held on the mezzanine level. It makes a great backdrop for film and photo shoots as well as a small live music space.

    Banquet 30 people
    Cocktail 150 people
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    Performance Floor

    Our largest flexible space, striking and theatrical with a warm wooden floor, dramatic ceiling heights and soft red drapery flanking Georgian style floor to ceiling windows framed by original red brick pillars. The space is perfect for larger scaled functions or events and we have the facilities for performances (theatre style seating), sit down events (banquet rounds), stand up events, cabaret events and meetings and conferences.

    Theatre 280 people
    Cabaret 300 people
    Banquet 200 people
    Cocktail 350 people
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    Darren Williams Dance Studio

    The Darren Williams Dance Studio is certainly a unique space with stunning exposed steel beams, sliding mirrored doors, and curtains to cover the arched windows. This studio is a perfect for rehearsals and private or corporate functions. If you require privacy or are looking for an intimate space this room is suited to meeting and conferences of 50 and a maximum of 80 standing.

    Board Room 50 people
    U-Shape 24 people
    Classroom 45 people
    Theatre 60 people
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    Transit Room

    Our very own Melbourne Laneway - The Transit Room is a raw space with exposed red brick, steel beams and a concrete floor. It is filled with heritage listed, colourful graffiti, from the buildings previous life. This is a multi-purpose space ideal for small conferences or as a break-out room for a larger corporate event. The space also lends itself well to being a cafe/catering point during the day and perfect for launch events and sit-down dinners at night. If utilised during the evening there are expansive views of the CBD through each arched window.

    Board Room 40 people
    U-Shape 40 people
    Classroom 40 people
    Theatre 40 people
    Banquet 40 people
    Cocktail 45 people

More Information — The Substation

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Contact this venue


1 Market Street, Newport, 3015. 

15 minutes from the CBD - take the first exit (Williamstown Road) after crossing the West Gate Bridge