Sydney's theaters are notable for their atmosphere and stimulating mix of productions. Comedy is also finding a strong niche as a mainstream performance art. Australian films have a fine international reputation and there are many annual film festivals. Classical music buffs can not possibly visit Sydney without seeing a performance in the Sydney Opera House. Sydney also draws the largest names in contemporary music.
The city's main cinema strip is on George Street, near the Town Hall.
o Hoyts and Greater Union shows all the latest blockbusters.
o The Dendy cinemas show the latest art-house films and other repertory venues include Cinema Paris, Chauvel, Palace Academy Twin and the Verona cinema, located next door.
o The Movie Room has science fiction, cult and 3-D films. Most cinemas offer half-price tickets on Tuesdays.
o The annual Sydney Film Festival includes documentaries, retrospectives and new films from all over the globe.
Musicals are staged at the Theater Royal, the State Theater, the Capitol and Star City's Lyric Theater. Smaller venues include the Seymour Theater Center, the Ensemble and the Footbridge Theater. The Stables Theater specializes in new Australian Playwrights. The Sydney Theater Company (STC) is the city's best and performances at The Wharf and the Sydney Theater. Open-air summer events include performances by Shakespeare by the Sea at Balmoral Beach and the popular Sydney Fringe Festival which features new plays by up-and-coming playwrights
Sydney's best comedy venue is the Comedy Store. There are comics, sketches or revues Tuesday to Saturday. Monday night has comedy at both the Bridge Hotel and in the Fringe Bar in the Unicorn Hotel.