The Cupboard Under The Stage


Book lovers will be over the moon when they discover The Cupboard Under the Stage, the absolute epitome of a hidden gem that can be found in Paddington’s glorious Empire Revival

Once you’re through the foyer and under the vast blue ceiling of the original theatre’s auditorium, turn right and meander along either of the aisles, towards what was originally the ornately decorated stage area in it's hey day. Make your way down a few stairs and turn left, heading to the adjacent corner of the building from the foyer.

The Cupboard Under The Stage, Empire Revival, Paddington

It’s here that you will discover a door, another staircase, and secret little book nook, complete with its very own car seat that looks like it’s straight from a Harry Potter tale.

The Cupboard Under The Stage, Empire Revival, Paddington

No matter your preferred reading material, there is plenty crammed into the tiny space that will whet your penchant for literature, from modern scribings to historic novels and limitless genres in between.

The Cupboard Under The Stage, Empire Revival, Paddington

Everything is available for purchase, including the artwork on the walls and the collectibles on display.

The Cupboard Under The Stage, Empire Revival, Paddington

As you’d expect in a library, the shelves are laden with books that are all grouped by category, so you’ll find browsing an ease. If military history is your crime, you’ll find it. If super-hero comics from yesteryear flap your cape, you’d better visit.

The Cupboard Under The Stage, Empire Revival, Paddington

Romantics will have their hearts wooed, as will lovers of poetry and modern-day autobiographies.

The Cupboard Under The Stage, Empire Revival, Paddington

If you’re looking for something unique, there are a number of locked, glass display cases that house collectibles, such as a bound copy of a Brisbane Courier Mail Edition from 1939, and editions of books from the early 1900s that share the story of an adjective-heavy, descriptive world before electronics and limited character messaging.

The Cupboard Under The Stage, Empire Revival, Paddington

A salute to a bygone era that celebrates homes with quiet libraries to sit and read, and crammed with shelves overflowing with books, The Cupboard Under The Stage is sure to bring a smile to anyone that enjoys the love of reading.

Nice to know - The beautiful, blue ceiling and walls of Empire Revival are actually heritage-listed.

Need to know - Like any book store, the range changes regularly, so book mark this treasure to revisit.

By Danella Perrins

The Cupboard Under The Stage

Empire Revival

167 Latrobe Tce


Opening hours    

3369 8088


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