It is a magnificent structure, leaning on the southern slope of Göktepe, which was used as a necropolis, namely cemetery, in the north of the ancient city of Halicarnassus, with a general view of the city, and with a sea view extending to Kos Island and Datça Peninsula. Bodrum Antique Theater, which dates back to 4th century BC, has all the characteristics of theaters before the Roman Imperial Age. The lower part of the theater, which is thought to have a capacity of approximately 10.000 people, has survived to the present day.
It was reorganized in 2002 and opened to visitors in its current form with a capacity of approximately 3100 people. During the excavations and cleaning works carried out by the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology in 2006, tunnels and chambers carved into the soft bedrock were found behind the cavea. Today, Bodrum Antique Theater hosts a good many important of artistic and cultural events as it did in ancient times.