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

Fee: Yes

Address: 49 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9373 6655

Official Website: State Theatre

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailCapitol Square14 minutes
T2 or T3St. James3 minutes
T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall5 minutes

How to get to State Theatre by Train

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

By Train: 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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Rated 4.6 out of 5The State Theatre Star Rating

5 Star Rating Had a great night with Sarah Macmillan. State theatre is a great venue. Located in the Sydney CBD close to Centre Point Tower on Market Street. Plenty of room for seats, drinks, fun and entertainment.

Papa Duck - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating The most beautiful venue no matter what you see. Saw Sarah Millican. She's also beautiful and hilarious.

Trish O - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating Amazing facilities with great seats no matter where you're positioned. Lovely building with a lot of history. If there's a performance that peaks your interest here it should be a must see. The only downside of the venue is the high price of food and drinks at the pre-show bars.

Ryan Lawton - 23 days ago

3 Star Rating Beautiful architecture and design. Unfortunately parking is a pain and there are not enough restrooms. You may spend all of intermission in line. Other than that, the quality of the experience largely depends on the quality of the show. I would recommend a seat at the front of the dress circle overlooking the seating below and out over the stage.

Jennifer Badman - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely stunning venue! Needs some work,the ladies bath rooms have been restored,however the bars could do with a make over and the curtains really could do with a clean,this mixture of styles is intriguing it was a movie palace in the late 30's really worth a visit

Valeria Diekman - 1 month ago


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

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