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Take a seat in the Engine Room and expect the unexpected – intimate, edgy and topical dramas, new pieces and reinterpretations of old favourites. Its calendar also features musical performances, comedy and dance.

This ‘black box’ theatre is in an historic old fire station building located at the top of Bendigo’s View Street arts precinct.

The Engine Room is a venue for the popular annual Bendigo Writers Festival, and Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music. Experience the annual ‘The Engine Room presents…’ season of intimate dramas that also tour to regional townships.


Booking tickets

Purchase tickets for shows at The Engine Room:

  • via our What’s On calendar
  • by phone 03 5434 6100
  • at our Box Office on 50 View Street Bendigo.

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Box Office opening hours

Our Box Office at 50 View Street is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. One hour prior to a performance: tickets can be purchased at The Engine Room Box Office.


Accessing The Engine Room

Wheelchair seating

The Engine Room is general admission seating. Please speak to a staff member when you arrive to discuss your access and seating needs.

Companion Card

The Engine Room accepts the Companion Card. Carers and attendants accompanying cardholders receive free entry to shows and events. A Companion Card must be presented when booking. Contact our Box Office for details.


History of the former Bendigo Fire Station building

The Bendigo Fire Station building was constructed in 1898 to house amalgamating local private and volunteer fire brigades.

The two-storey red brick building has contrasting white stucco details. It is a good example of Queen Anne revival architecture, which was favoured by its designer local architect, William Beebe. 

It is an important example of an intact turn-of-the-century fire station that reveals its early use.

Since 1990 the building has been leased by the Bendigo Regional Arts Program, which also lease the former Masonic Hall (now known as The Capital).

Hiring The Engine Room

Historic and quirky, this venue seats 90 or can be reconfigured to create whatever space your event requires.

More about Hiring The Engine Room

The Engine Room’s iconic red doors on View Street are sporting a series of new images to celebrate sixteen local performers and arts organisations who have rehearsed or performed in the space in recent years.

Photographer and central Victorian artist Michael Wolfe was commissioned for the project, called Stages.

More about Stages

BV&E acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands where our venues stand and where we share stories through art and culture.

We acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders past present and emerging.