State Theatre

An extravagant mix of Art Deco, Italianate and Gothic architecture, the State Theatre is the final word in opulence.

Built in 1929 as a ‘Palace of Dreams’ with marble columns, mosaic floors and plush furnishings, it boasts a beautiful chandelier, the four-tonne Koh-I-Noor, and several paintings by well-known Australian artists.

Classified by the National Trust, it is still a working theatre and has seen performances by artists such as Bette Midler and Rudolf Nureyev. Self-guided tours of the building are available, but it’s best to ring first to check times. 49 Market St; (02) 9373 6655 or (02) 9373 6852; tours 10am and 1pm Mon–Wed, tickets through Ticketmaster, 1300 139 588.

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