The Capitol Theatre project involved the conversion of a 1928 ‘atmospheric cinema’ to a 2000 seat lyric theatre.
The lavishly decorated 1928 interiors were conserved and integrated with the contemporary servicing and comfort requirements of a first class lyric theatre. The addition of a new stage tower, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, ‘green room’, rehearsal rooms, additional lobbies and bars brought facilities to a level unequalled in commercial theatres in Australia. All the services were incorporated in a manner consistent with the heritage constraints of this culturally significant building.
Since opening in 1995, the Capitol Theatre made a significant contribution to the cultural life of Sydney, staging performances of ballet, drama, popular musicals and opera.
Gadigal Country, Sydney, NSW, Australia
1995 RAIA Merit Award for Architecture Horbury Hunt Award for Excellence in Brickwork