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

Category: Music Venues

Address: 49 Market Street
Sydney New South Wales 2000

Phone: +61 2 9373 6655


Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 13 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating We came here to see a documentary during the Sydney Film Festival this year and I just loved this theater! It is such a luxurious example of the time period... Read More

Dale S. Jun-21-2015

5 Star Rating Coming from America this is the most beautiful theater I've ever seen. I saw Sydney Film Festival here and I loved the international movies played here.... Read More

Tiffany C. Jun-10-2018

5 Star Rating Ever wanted to pretend you're at an Oscars party? Chuck your glad rags on and step out in style at the State Theatre, the closest thing we've got to a Baz... Read More

Benjamin B. Jun-09-2014

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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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