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

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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

5 Star Rating Great theater for live performances and musicals close to Chinatown. Mid sized so all seats are great. Cheap parking possible. See website. Have seen several shows over the years.

Nathan Bylett - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful old theatre. Have seen many shows there. Just fabulous. The staff are welcoming on the door as they welcome you. Highly recommend a show and a visit to this theatre. A truly magical experience.

Tracey Pomering - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Saw Charlie and the chocolate factory musical, great show! First time at the capitol - amazing theatre, reminiscent of theatres from ancient times. Staff helpful and friendly.

Geoffrey Holmes - 14 days ago

4 Star Rating Service is fantastic.. very staff member we spoke to were fantastic, top service! The show was obviously phenomenal. Food and drinks at the venue were expensive, as expected though. Seats weren’t that comfortable for such a long show either but otherwise top night!

Sheridan George - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating It's an old feeling theatre but it's quite recent. The decor is nice with modern feel inside that does not forget that the theatre is still a special thing to do... I don't like the seats but everything else is great.

julian Somosi - 15 days ago


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

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