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

Capitol Theatre Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 13 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9320 5000

Official Website: Capitol Theatre

Capitol Theatre Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Just watched Grease in Capitol theater! It was an electrifying experience! From start to finish, the energy on stage was contagious, with outstanding performances, catchy tunes, and nostalgic vibes that had the entire audience singing along. The cast truly brought the iconic characters to life, and the choreography was top-notch. The production perfectly captured the essence of the beloved story, making it a must-see for any fan of the classic musical. A fantastic night out filled with laughter, romance, and timeless music – highly recommended
Maddie - a week ago

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4 Star Rating I never get tired of the beautiful decor. It is the highlight of the venue. I’ve been here many times and have enjoyed every show. Parking can be hard at times so best to book ahead. If I could suggest some extra female toilets and perhaps a few more food and drink options it would be perfect!
Beck Dunn - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Spectacular theatre where we saw Beauty and the Beast. The theatre itself was well maintained with meticulous detail to enhance the experience of the show and to transport you into the magical world of the show you're seeing. We were at the top level in a booth and felt like royalty! The seats themselves were a little lumpy however this was a minor complaint. Most seats would have a decent view and the special effects were breathtaking. Close to Central station and the Haymarket area. Can't wait for the next show 🎥🎭😀
Sean Lancaster - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating A beautiful theatre that knows how to put on a good show. The seats are comfortable and clean, there are plenty of staff to show you to your seat, a lift to the upper level, snack shops outside and inside the theatre, and a souvenir shop. We saw Alice in Wonderland performed by the super talented Australian Ballet. The set, choreography, costume and cast were all 5 star. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the area to grab a bite before or after the show. The light rail is close by and there is a car park next door.
GG Shopping - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Had an excellent experience here when my wife took me to my first ballet - Alice in Wonderland. Great venue, our seats were on the right hand side on the upper level. I enjoyed being able to view the ballet and orchestra.
Paul Stewart - a week ago

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail L1Capitol Square0 minutes
T1, T2, T3, T4, T8, or T9Central Station5 minutes

How to get to Capitol Theatre by Train

By Light Rail L1: 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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