Sydney's treasure - The magnificent State Theatre, once described as the "Empire's greatest theatre"
Now described as "the Palace Of Dreams"
Our group had a very informative tour of this beautiful building which includes a very substantial art gallery on the Dress Circle Level, some being awarded significant prizes from yesteryear.
We learnt that the theatre was under threat on more than one occasion of demolition but thankfully, this never happened. Now used mainly as a concert venue, the theatre is financially successful. Progressive restoration is ongoing with a $1.00 restoration levy on every ticket sold.
The grand organ is being restored at a cost of several hundreds of thousands of dollars and has been ongoing for 12 years. When completed, which is not far away, they are planning many featured programmes with organ recitals. The grandeur of the theatre is spectacular from the stage where all gathered and were able to view it from where the stars perform.
The theatre boasts 6000 globes used within all the chandeliers and stage lights plus all the other house and foyer lighting.
Built in 1929 and opened in June that year it is the only theatre built and still owned by the same company, the Greater Union Organisation. The parent company is Amalgamated Holdings Limited who also owns Rydges Hotels as well as other Hotel brands in Australia and other entertainment attractions.
They operate cinemas in Germany, NZ, Dubai as well as in all states of Australia.
Once sister theatre to the Capitol, Sydney has two of the most magnificent theatres still in use in our nation.
Terry & Robyn Watson
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