Thursday, 3 December 2015

Haymarket, Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre is located along Campbell Street, in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. It was originally built in 1892 in the Federation Free Classical architectural style for use as the Belmore Markets. In 1916, the building was converted to a hippodrome designed specifically for the Wirth Bros circus. It was converted into the Capitol Theatre in 1928 by John Eberson, a renowned American designer of theatrically themed theatres. In 1981, a conservation order saved it from demolition and it was restored and reconstructed in the 1990s. It has recently been hosting another run of the successful musical Cats.

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful old theatre Joe, I saw 'Wicked' there.

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    1. Thanks, Grace. It's "Jim" here but thanks for the comment.

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  2. Thank goodness from the Conservation Order. This is a lovely example of the beautiful architecture of your city. So much history behind it. A circus there....how cool. I bet the inside is lovely.

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  3. I have never seen "Cats" only heard about it. Looks like a nice venue for it.

    Mersad
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  4. I'm allergic to cats. Wonder if the Musical would make me sneeze? Interesting sign.

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  5. A grand old theatre is that one. Did some casual work there many many years ago when I was a mere uni student.

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  6. "a triumphant piece of musical theatre" in a triumphant piece of restoration.

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    1. I haven't seen this one yet Joe but I'd like to.

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