Henry Carmichael Theatre

Tiered Theatre in Sydney CBD

The Henry Carmichael Theatre is a versatile tiered theatre for hire in the heart of Sydney CBD.

Located within a 2 mins walk of Sydney Town Hall, our purpose-built tiered theatre has high-quality AV equipment installed (including video conferencing software), adjustable lighting, and a low-rise stage.

The Henry Carmichael Theatre is ideal for company AGMs, presentations, seminars, and private screenings.
The theatre is an accessible space for all and can comfortably seat up to 140 people.

Adjoining the theatre is the Level 1 Foyer, which is an ideal space for registration and refreshments. Use of the foyer is shared with other hirers, unless exclusive use is secured via a whole Level 1 floor booking. Level 1 also includes our flexible meeting rooms. Used in conjunction with the theatre, Level 1 is suitable for small to medium conferences.

Conferences at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
Tiered Theatre Sydney | Henry Carmichael Theatre

Features of the Theatre

Tiered Theatre | 140
Stage area | 15
Foyer (Standing only) | 140

Audio Visual Equipment
The following in-house audio-visual equipment is included in the venue hire fee of the Henry Carmichael Theatre.

  • Data projector and large projector screen
  • Computer
  • Lectern
  • Roving microphones
  • Lapel microphones
  • Sound system

The adjoining foyer can be used as a break-out space for catering and networking. Use our preferred catering service or bring in your own. Learn more about catering at SMSA.


For those guests with mobility issues, including those in a wheelchair, the tiered theatre is fully accessible. A ramp can be provided on request to access the low-rise stage.


Who is Henry Carmichael?

We love that you’re curious, so please let us share with you the answer to, “Who is the Henry Carmichael Theatre named after?”.

Henry Carmichael was a Scottish minister, teacher, and passionate educationist. The Theatre is named after him because he was a founder of Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts in 1833. He later moved to the Hunter Valley where he pioneered viticulture in the colony… and for that, we raise a glass to say, “cheers!”.

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious members community for curious minds, literature lovers, and lifelong learners. If that sounds like you, we’d love you to join us.

Need additional rooms for your event? Explore our other event spaces that can be used in conjunction with the Henry Carmichael Theatre…



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