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

Regular 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


Rated 4.7 out of 5Capitol Theatre Star Rating

5 Star Rating Such a vibrant scene all throughout the theatre. So much access to facilities. The beauty and the beast show was phenomenal. The workers were extremely helpful. The entire place was kept well tidy and easy to move around . Plenty of space when being seated and good views all around . Highly highly recommend this place for families or even a date night . Thank you for an amazing night and wonderful first experience at the theatre . Will definitely be looking forward to returning soon and grabbing the wife more merchandise.
geoffrey Moore - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing amazing amazing!! The service here is great, the atmosphere is great, and so are the musicals that show here!! I’ve been here to watch musicals like 2 times? And I always love my experience. Highly recommend!
Johanna - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating I want to say the Beauty and the Beast theatre performance I did not know how this experience would be. I ordered the tickets online. It was a simple process. There was still tickets for sale days before the performance which was convenient as I made plans to watch this performance. The tickets were only $99 per person. Which is a fairly small amount for a performance like this. The last minute I arrived at the venue, half an hour early. There was a crowd of people, but still easy to walk around and get through the ground now. Once inside the beautiful building, the entrance is great. The staff are friendly even though there was a lot of people everyone could walk around easily. The snack stores were very quick didn’t have to stand in line for too long for you. They sold a lot of variety of things such as soft drinks, sweets, chocolate chips and alcohol. The pricing was expected to be marked up but isn’t everywhere now. The staff directed us to which entrance we would enter showing the tickets was easy as it was online. The show was unbelievable the performance of all the actors, the sound of the music and lighting was incredible. The storyline was exactly the same, and I enjoyed it brought back childhood memories. The costume changes was incredible. This is a must go watch event.
Adam Smith - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating This is easily my all time favourite theatre. The Capitol Theatre is gorgeously decorated and really helps with the atmosphere. For anyone after some theatre freebies after non-Disney shows they will typically give out a button for the show you just watched.
Sailor Fini - 3 months 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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Join Sherylanne on the red carpet for the opening of A Chorus Line in Sydney's Capitol Theatre
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