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Capitol Theatre

Haymarket, Sydney


Capitol Theatre, Sydney, foyer staircase

People on the foyer staircase at the Capitol Theatre

Courtesy Tourism New South Wales

The art deco theatre that is the Capitol had its origins in 1892-93 as the New Belmore Markets. A feature of the markets was the inclusion of circus, theatre and side shows.

The markets were not a success and in 1913 the building was converted into the Hippodrome, used mainly for circuses, but this was not successful either. It became the Capitol Theatre in 1927-28.

In the 1990s it underwent a major refurbishment and the Capitol Theatre is today a major 2000-seat Sydney theatre venue particularly suited for the presentation of musical plays.

Where is it?

Now considered one of Australia's finest theatres, the Capitol is located in Sydney's Haymarket district - right on the eastern edge of Sydney's Chinatown - in the city block bounded by Pitt, Campbell, Parker and Hay Sts.

Its entrance is on Campbell St.

The theatre is a short walk, going north on Pitt St, from Central railway station. Tram stops are also nearby.

Capitol Theatre is accessible from major bus routes on Elizabeth St or George St.


If going by car, the nearest carparks are at the Capitol Square carpark adjacent to the theatre and Goulburn St carpark at the corner of Goulburn and Elizabeth Sts. On some nights, flat rate parking charges may apply.

There's hardly any free parking along nearby streets. Some streets will have parking meters installed; make sure you pay for adequate time to get to the theatre and back.

Dining and drinks

For pre-theatre dining, the closest restaurants are in Chinatown west of the theatre.

There are snack and wine/liquor bars within the theatre complex.

Box office

The box office is open Monday from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 8pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

Particularly for popular shows, tickets should be booked in advance at the box office or through designated booking outlets in person, by phone or on the Internet.

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