The Helsinki City Theater is situated on the bank of the Elaintarhanlahti Bay. The theater was formed in 1964 after merging of the Labour Theater and the Popular Theater. In autumn of 1967 the City Theater moved to a new building constructed under the project of architect Timo Penttili. A sculpture group "Thalia and Pegasus" by sculptor Kari Juva is placed in front of the theater.
Primarily the City Theater had two stages - a big one for 947 seats and a small one for 200-350 seats. In 1989 the theater was enlarged by attaching a third stage - the Elsa Studio designed for 210-350 seats. The Pieni Suomi Children Theater was affiliated with Helsinki City Theater in 2000, and so the theater received the Pasila Studio where plays for children and teens are performed.
The Helsinki City Theater presents drama, dance performances and musicals. The plays are mostly of Finnish authors, especially modern ones. A considerable part of the repertoire includes plays for children.
All performances are in Finnish but since August 2005 the Helsinki City Theater has been integrated with the Lila Teatern producing plays in Swedish. At the new stage (267 seats), plays are given mainly in Swedish.