Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre is an iconic Sydney landmark with a rich history

Exterior of the beautifully restored Capitol Theatre in Sydney
Exterior of the beautifully restored Capitol Theatre in Sydney

The historic Capitol Theatre, located in the district of Haymarket started out in 1892 as the Belmore Markets and the fruit and foliage motif of the market is still visible in the arches today.

In 1916, the market was renovated to become the home of a circus that continued for about ten years, at which point it was no longer viable. At that time, a lavish movie theatre was envisioned and by 1928 patrons were captivated by the enchanting experience the new theatre provided. However, as time progressed, the advent of television started to erode audiences and the theatre gradually fell into disrepair to the point demolition was considered in the late 1970s. Fortunately, that never came to pass as a conservation order by the Heritage Council saved the Capitol Theatre.

The order to save the Capitol Theatre led to an extensive renovation costing 30 million dollars and taking two years to complete.

Today the Capital Theatre delights audiences with a wide range of top performances. The Theatre has seating for 2038 patrons and the Orchestra Pit can accommodate up to 110 musicians.

Nearby attractions: Central Railway Station, Australian Museum and The Powerhouse Museum.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Address: 13 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9320 5000

Official Website: Capitol Theatre


Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailCapitol Square0 minutes
T1, T2, T3, T4 or T5Central Station5 minutes

How to get to Capitol Theatre by Train

By Light Rail: get off at the Capitol Square stop which is right next to the Capitol Theatre.

By Train: take the Eddie Avenue exit at Central Station, go to your right, cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and walk north through Belmore Park. The theatre occupies the block just west of the north end of the park.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5Capitol Theatre Star Rating

4 Star Rating A great theatre with loads of atmosphere. Easy access and great productions. Seating is a bit ordinary. Seats are very low and quite hard after you have sat on them for and hour or so.

Graeme Saunders - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating A grand lady. What a stunning building. The staff are very attentive & helpful. There are NO pillars & posts to interupt one's view. I saw The Jersy Boys. It is a very clever musical, the story line is very well put together & the props are smart. The cast are multi talented, the costumes & outfits were perfect. The stage was filled with wonderfully talented cast. I loved this show.

helen ten bosch - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating The Capitol Theatre is a classic theatre in the middle of the city. The architecture is amazing, with beautifully designed foyer and internal area. There is a reasonable amount of parking, however you need to ensure you'll arrive at least 45 minutes early, in case you need to park at Goulburn Street car park. Plenty of places to eat, so don't panic if your show finishes a bit late!

Michael - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Went to see The Jersey Boys here. Extremely good theatre that seems to have been refurbished but had retained an old fashioned feel to it. The staff are very helpful and enthusiastic. There is plenty of leg room in the seats which are also comfortable. Good view from towards the back of the stalls. Down side of course is the price of food and drink as always in such establishments.

David Williams - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Always nice to visit the Capitol, even if the interior of the foyer is slightly disturbing. The staff were friendly and helpful. The modern addition to the foyer is nice and there were plenty of opportunities for a drink before, during and after the show. Pricey, but recommended.

Andrew Jens - 2 months ago


Join Sherylanne on the red carpet for the opening of A Chorus Line in Sydney's Capitol Theatre

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