The Grand Electric shimmied her way onto the Sydney theatre scene in January 2023, grabbing headlines with three back-to-back sell-put seasons of Blanc de Blanc Encore. Ideally situated on the edge of Surry Hills and Redfern and masterfully styled with original Parisian murals by Max Elbourne, our unique and versatile venue is suitable for a whole host of events, including:
Shows . Gigs . Comedy events . Concerts .
Staff Parties . Birthdays . Christmas Parties . Engagement Parties
Fashion shows and events . Awards ceremonies . Corporate presentations . Fundraisers
“The theatre space itself feels like it’s ripped straight out of Paris’ Moulin Rouge district. There’s dazzling lights of every colour, a bar in the back with a substantial stock of champagne, and hard wooden floors that reverberate a playlist featuring everything from jazz to rap.” Scenstr
The elegant indoor bar offers a great selection of wine, beer, champagne and signature cocktails while the art-filled courtyard bar ads gives guests a space to mingle.
The Grand Electric Bar offers a range of casual bar snacks (potato chips, pretzels etc). For events requiring more a substantial food offering, canapé catering can be arranged.
“I thought I had been transported to a hip New York club or had lost myself in some underground Paris parlour.” Stage Whispers
Taxi & Rideshare
The best place to get dropped off at The Grand Electric is around the corner on Pitt Street.
7 min walk from Redfern Station
9 minute walk from Central Station (exit 6)
10 min walk from Central Chalmers light rail station
12 min walk from Surry Hills light rail station
The Grand Electric is located in Surry Hills where there is limited street parking available. The nearest streets with street parking are Pitt Street (2 hour parking until 10pm every day) and George Street (unlimited after 5pm and on weekends). There are disabled parking bays at 103-109 George Street and 10 Pitt Street. The nearest parking garage is Wilson Parking – 55 Holt St Surry Hills, which is an 10 minute walk.
The building which houses The Grand Electric was originally built to house the NSW branch of the Australian Railway Union in the 1930s. This history is present in the star-shaped insignia of the ARU, still visible on the front of the building. There is evidence that the space was used for occasional theatre and burlesque performances as early as the 1940s. However the space has been used exclusively for theatre since the Performance Space for contemporary performance was established in the 1980s. Today, the spirit of the railway workers who originally used the space as a union hall are carried through in the turn-of-the-century railway themed décor.
The Grand Electric is available for hire outside of scheduled performances, which you can view on the home page. Depending on the nature of your event, the venue may be hired on a show date if it concludes in time to reset the venue for performance and rehearsals.
The Grand Electric has tables and seating within the venue that may be used for your event. Beyond that, please source event furniture externally. Due to limited storage space, external hire items may need to be removed immediately upon conclusion of your event.
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation who are the traditional custodians of the land on which The Grand Electric Sydney is built. We also pay our respect to the Elders past, present and emerging, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.