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

Official Website: Capitol Theatre

Fee: Yes

Closed Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • 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

Category: Music Venues

Address: 13 Campbell St
Haymarket New South Wales 2000

Phone: +61 2 9320 5000


Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
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5 Star Rating "The greatest thing you'll ever learn it just to love and be loved in return." --Moulin Rouge Woohoo times ten!! Katie and I, very-much-so, fell in love... Read More

Jason K. Jan-10-2023

4 Star Rating The site of the Capitol Theatre has provided entertainment to the people of Sydney since the early 19th century when this piece of land was used by early... Read More

Sam S. Jul-25-2017

5 Star Rating Forget the opera house (okay, architecture is great.. but the shows there.. yeah.. NO, I mean you can't see anything unless you pay over three hundred... Read More

Lilian L. Jan-24-2017

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

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