State Theatre

The State Theatre is both a great entertainment venue and an architectural treasure

Entrance to the State Theatre
Entrance to the State Theatre

Sydney's stunning and elaborate State Theatre has been the home to great entertainment since it's opening in 1929. This beautiful theatre is recognized by the Australian National Trust as a building of great historical and architectural significance. The theatre's design is a blend of Art Deco design with Gothic and Italian influences.

The State Theatre first opend with seating for 2775 patrons. Today it's impressive auditorium has seating for 2000 guests. The theatre still has the original Wurlitzer Organ that accompanied the early silent movies. It also features a huge hand-cut crystal chandelier that is the 2nd largest in the world. While beginning with films, the theatre has hosted a combination of films and live events over the years. In the 1990s it returned to hosting primarily live theatre although it also hosts the two week Sydney Film Festival each year in June.

If you don't get an opportunity to take in a show at this spectacular venue you can still go on a 2 hour guided tour which will also show you a lot of interesting "behind the scenes" stuff. Tours of the State Theatre are held every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There is an admission charge for these tours.

Nearby attractions: Pitt Street Mall, Sydney Tower and the Queen Victoria Building.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: State Theatre

Fee: Yes

Address: 49 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9373 6655

Official Website: State Theatre


Rated 4.7 out of 5State Theatre Star Rating

4 Star Rating Art Deco historic beautiful theatre elaborate marble staircase must for photos...saw Paris caberate with Rhonda birchmore very energetic performances of can can an pole dancing lots feathers..singing.

Roz Darley - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating Saw Elvis - the Musical Revolution. Sad-fabulously happy-sad-fabulously happy etc. Might have been some singing mime/lip-syncing? The State Theatre staff were terrific from all directions - we were late; they were a calming presence, with great eye contact, professional approach from ushers with reassuring smiles at the door and, later, small bar. Nice brief chit-chat with all employees that interact with the public - thanks!

Gary Roberts - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Went to see the Waifs & Josh Pyke in concert.First time visiting the State Theatre Wow Wow Wow absolutely beautiful, decadent, steeped in history & opulence of Sydney in its day. A building of architectural magnificence. Definitely go & see it or a show, highly recommend booking one of the restaurants if you want to eat there as well. I can't wait to go back .

Leeanne Nicol - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating This is a gorgeous old romantic theatre with old world charm, but with new plush seats and great sound. The staff were all lovely, friendly and very helpful. I love this theatre.

Danielle Connor - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating what a beautiful theatre! we’ve seen some wonderful performances here and it is such a stately and historical venue

Corri Zerebeski - 21 days ago

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail- L1Capitol Square14 minutes
T2, T3, or T8St. James3 minutes
L2, T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall5 minutes

How to get to State Theatre by Train

By Light Rail L1: Exit at Capitol Square and walk north on George Street then right (east) on Market Street.

By Train or Light Rail L2: Exit St. James Station onto Elizabeth Street and cross over and continue west on Market Street (3 minutes) or exit at Town Hall Station and go north on George Street then right (east) on Market Street (5 minutes).

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Palace of Dreams - a short film documenting some of the glamorous past of the State Theatre
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