The Cell Block Theatre is a grand historic space in the heart of Sydney. Hidden behind a wall of hand-hewn sandstone, the Venue and the sheltered campus grounds around it are available for hire.
Weddings, cocktail and dinner parties, product launches and brand activations, conferences and seminars, and photoshoots, filmmaking, concerts and performances — every event held in the venue is enhanced and rendered unforgettable by the setting.
Inside, the 10 metre high sandstone walls create the awed ambiance of a cathedral, an ambiance intriguingly inflected by its history as the women’s wing of the old Darlinghurst Gaol. The cells that held notorious criminals such as Kate Leigh, the “Queen of the Underworld”, have been removed, cut away to create a vast space adaptable to any use, but their presence remains visible upon the imposing walls.
Outside, the adjacent courtyards and the Gallery Lawn provide additional open air entertainment space. The stone wall that makes the grounds an oasis of calm in the city also provides privacy to your event and guests.
"The Cell Block looked amazing which added to the ambience of our event. To have our Penfolds Bins release in such a historical building gave the event the wow factor no other venue could have achieved. If only these walls could talk."
Doreen Ventura – Penfolds
For bookings please note:
The Cell Block Theatre is currently limited to how many events we can hold and are now at capacity. The National Art School is working with the City of Sydney to increase this limit but in the meantime, we can only hold dates for any new enquiries.
We do hope that this will be resolved quickly but unfortunately, we do not have a timeline for their approval process.
If you are interested in holding dates, please let us know.
+61 2 9339 8658
Photo: Dominic Loneragan Photography