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

State Theatre Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Old world ornate and simply amazing. We were entertained by Dawn French in comfortable seats with plenty of leg room. It was easy to see the stage, and the sound quality was perfect.
Douglas Grace - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Outstanding show. Chris Isaac at his best. He is absolutely ageless. He's singing abilities and music playing are fantastic. Would definitely see again. As for the State Theatre, it is an amazing venue with an historic atmosphere. Absolutely recommend experiencing it for yourself.
Warren McIntosh - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Magical theatre - it transports you! Nick Cave with Colin Greenwood - completely incredible tonight. What an atmosphere - so beautiful. And lovely staff also
Kiri Wright - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Went on a fascinating tour of the State Theatre much history and information! It's 100 years old in 2029. Was so interesting to see behind the scenes and hear about it's construction plus info about other theatres in Sydney 🎭
David Keys - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating The State Theatre is a beautiful theatre located in the heart of the CBD. Close to the QVB and Westfield shopping complex. The long standing staff at the candy bar greet you warmly and are always friendly. The ushers are also more than happy to guide you to your seats. We saw Dawn French which is incredible in itself. Dawn is a world renowned comedian, actress, and writer who we adore. It was a real thrill to see her live and in the State Theatre. Plenty of parking locations in walking distance, taxis located outside the doors and public transport with either buses or Town Hall station within a minutes walk.
Jane Brooker (4 pairs of itchy feet) - in the last week

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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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