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Capitol Theatre

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Capitol Theatre Sydney supplied 2019 image
Photograph: Damien Ford
Capitol Theatre Sydney supplied 2019
Photograph: Supplied
Capitol Theatre Sydney supplied 2019
Photograph: Damien Ford

Time Out says

Located amid the flurry and culinary excitement of Sydney's Chinatown, the Capitol Theatre hosts long-running blockbuster musicals such as The Lion King, Aladdin and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It's also one of Sydney's most beautiful theatres: the 1892 exterior (originally the home of Belmore Markets) belies an opulent interior designed by John Eberson in the briefly popular American style of 'atmospheric theatre'. The auditorium itself was designed to create the illusion that one is sitting in a twilight amphiteatre.

The Capitol opened in 1928, at which time The Sydney Morning Herald wrote of the interiors: "One seemed to have stepped from under the dull skies of everyday life and passed into an enchanted region where the depth of the blue heavens had something magical about it and something heavily exotic, clouds passed lightly over then stars began to twinkle.”

A heritage order in the 1980s saw the theatre restored to its original splendour and updated for modern theatrical demands, ahead of its re-opening in 1995.

By: Time Out editors



Address: 13 Campbell St
Transport: Nearby stations: Central
Opening hours: Box Office: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

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