Originally opened as a picture palace, the Sydney State Theatre has been enthralling patrons of the arts in grandeur and decadence since 1929.
Later adopting performances of dramatic arts, the State Theatre continues to host international and local performers in dance, music and theatrical domains. In 1974, the Sydney State Theatre became home to the Sydney Film
Festival and has remained home to it since. In the 1980s the theatre underwent a huge restoration project which saw the interior restored to its former glory.
The theatre now boasts the second largest Koh-I-Noor cut crystal chandelier in the world. It weighs over four tonnes.
The theatre is situated next to the Queen Victoria Building
, and its street ends at Hyde Park
. Wherever you go in this area, take your camera and leave yourself time to admire your incredible surroundings.
Bookings for performances can be made directly at the theatre's box office, and making a day-time visit before a show is a great chance to experience the theatre and its area before you are engrossed in the rush and excitement of the performance atmosphere. Address: 49 Market Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.