The State Theatre is without doubt a truly magnificent and
Its importance has been recognised by The National Trust of
Australia that has classified it as "a building of great historical
significance and high architectural quality, the preservation
of which is regarded as essential to our heritage".
Alongside other Sydney icons, the State Theatre occupies a
magical place in the hearts and minds of generations of its
patrons. For over 70 years it has enchanted and captivated
all those who have used and continue to use its surroundings
Since opening in 1929, this 2000 seat venue has been owned
and operated by the Greater Union Organisation, part of the
AHL group of companies. The inspirational design of architect
Henry White fuses eclectic elements of Gothic, Italian and
Art deco design to produce an exquisite theatre, which can
truly be described as a "Palace of Dreams".
The State Theatre palatial interiors feature artworks and
fixtures of rare significance. The Dress Circle gallery houses
artworks by significant Australian artists including William
Dobell and Charles Wheeler whilst located in auditorium, the
Koh-I-Nor cut crystal chandelier is the second largest on
earth, weighing over four tonnes.
From the opening performance, the State Theatre has been an
integral part of the social and cultural fabric of Sydney.
Its unparalleled history is a reflection of a dynamic city's
changing face, acting like a mirror to nearly a century of
It was created as the "Palace of Dreams" and through fun,
laughter, music, drama, romance and art it will continue to
reflect the dreams and hopes of all those who grace its doors.
So why not take a "walk back through time" By clicking any
of the "thumbnails" below you can take a look at the past
and see why the State Theatre is so special.