Theatre du Capitole

Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse

Theatre du Capitole
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Theaters • Government Buildings
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Tours and Tickets
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Saint Rome
How to get there
  • Capitole • 2 min walk
  • Jean-Jaurès • 5 min walk
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA18,168 contributions
This red brick building is one of the most photographed places in Toulouse.
Oct 2019
The Théâtre du Capitole, one of France's most prestigious opera venues, is located in the same building as city hall, and the Orchestra national du Capitole de Toulouse. The Capitole with its 28m-long façade was built in the 1750s, using the beautiful pink & white local brick to achieve this architectural wonder. There are 8 columns, representing the original 8 "capitouls" or city magistrates, dating back to the 12th Century, installed either side of the grand entrance.
In the late-19th-century Salle des Illustres (Hall of the Illustrious) was added. In 1995 automobiles were banned, making the square a pedestrian walkway (there is a Metro stop hear by!) complete with beautiful in/outdoor cafes, and a weekly market.
To gain entrance you have to go to the middle of the Capitoluim, where all the flags are flying. After a brief security check, walk through the court yard and the theatre du Capitole is on the second floor. As we climb up the main hall stairwell we were impressed with the unparalleled beauty, of the frescos on the ceilings and walls. There are many paintings in different styles, and local artist Henri Martin has quite a collection of large murals on display. The first performance in the theater was in 1736 by Guillaume Cammas. But it was not popular and the theater fell into neglect, it was revamped in 1818, But suffered major fire damage during the 1914-1918 war and was rebuilt in 1923. Today the reception area was modernized in 1996 and seating be made for 1156 seats.

TIP: Go early in the morning while the light is just right and no tourist to spoil your photos.
Written August 18, 2020
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CB S
Jacksonville, FL123 contributions
Beautiful by day or by night
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Capitole's Theatre building houses a French opera company & also regional theater. It is well worth a visit even if you do not attend a performance. The square is well illuminated and a pedestrian haven as long spring & summer evenings turn into night.
Written March 9, 2020
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K. B.
Vienna, Austria13 contributions
Most beautiful and politically historic building of Toulouse.
Sep 2019
The main hall on the second floor is of unparelleled beauty in terms of design and paintings as well as pictures on the walls. Great history is obvious!
Written February 11, 2020
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Jane Mia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia205 contributions
Magnificent view
Nov 2019 • Solo
On the day I was in Toulouse they have Noel Marche in front of Theatre du Capitole. Not open for visitation.
Written November 30, 2019
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glenn latimer
Toulouse, France31 contributions
Symbol of Toulouse
Nov 2019
Fabulous grand place in the centre of Toulouse The symbol of the city. Nice side streets leading off, with many interesting shops Definitely worth the visit
Written November 20, 2019
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Gordon B
Netanya, Israel715 contributions
Imposing and majestic.
Nov 2019
We entered, free to all! On ascending the stairs and seeing the nagnificent large paintings, it is a sight to see.
Written November 4, 2019
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PJandSJ
Matlock, UK1,237 contributions
Grand architecture of civic life, with (effectively) an art museum inside
Sep 2019
The Theatre du Capitole sits prominently at one side of the large public square of the Place du Capitole. It functions as the city hall and houses administrative offices and functions. The entrance comprises a rather grand staircase that leads up to large rooms housing paintings and sculpture, making the building something in the nature of an art museum.
Definitely worth a moment or two of your time if you happen to find yourself in the Place du Capitole.
Written September 29, 2019
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evets1232016
Sydney, Australia294 contributions
A surprise highlight of Toulouse
Sep 2019
We only had a day in Toulouse, and hadn't known about this place. But we saw the building from the Place du Capitole, and went inside to have a look. It was full of wonderful massive murals and equally impressive statues, room after room of them, all connected with the history of Toulouse. I'd rate this town hall as being absolutely a must-do if in Toulouse. Free entry as well!
Written September 26, 2019
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middle_aged_mom_12
KC216 contributions
Go on the weekend or Wednesdays
Sep 2019 • Business
If the capitol building is open, it is free to go in and see the incredible murals and sculptures. You will have to go through security first where they check your bag, coat, purse, etc. I had a bottle of water in my back pack, but they were ok with letting me keep it.
There are two floors to see. Incredible opulence in architecture, sculpture and huge paintings. A couple huge mirrors directly across from each other make for a cool optical illusion. Definitely worth a stop!
Right outside the capitol building is a department of tourism office with free information and a very small gift shop.
In the huge cement square outside the capitol building there are restaurants. On Wednesdays they let people set up tents to sell stuff. The prices at these open air markets are incredibly low compared to regular stores. You can buy African jewelry and bags, leather and furs, sunglasses, and various clothing. Most of it costs between 10 E and 20 Euros.
On busy days they close off the surrounding streets to let pedestrians walk around safely.
When we were there they closed off the square one night for a pickle ball tournament, that had live music and such, but it wasn’t open to the public.
Written September 12, 2019
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BrianofStLeonards
43 contributions
Small theatre with great character
Sep 2019
We saw the final of the Toulouse opera singing competition. 10 finalists accompanied by a full orchestra provided wonderful evening's entertainment.
Written September 11, 2019
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Theatre du Capitole is open:
  • Mon - Mon 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM


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