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Thank you to RMIT’s generous supporters, The Capitol will once again be a centre of creative excellence for students, staff and the community.

When you walk into Melbourne’s iconic Capitol Theatre, it’s easy to see why it’s known as one of the world’s great cinemas. Designed by renowned architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, the Capitol is an integral part of our city’s artistic and cultural heritage.

Thanks to your support, the RMIT Capitol Theatre Appeal raised over $678,000 and, in conjunction with the generous support of the Victorian Government, has allowed the University to reactivate this cultural icon.

“The Capitol Theatre was originally a leading-edge building, and what RMIT is doing is bringing it back up to leading-edge building in terms of its film and media projection technology,” said Peter Malatt, Lead Architect for the Capitol Theatre restoration. 

From upgrading the theatre’s signature geometric ceiling with LED lights, to painstakingly restoring the famous Ben Hur mantlepiece, months of care and expertise have gone into ensuring the Capitol remains a heritage masterpiece ready for the next generation of patrons.

It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring back to Melbourne a cultural, architectural screen-design icon that will be managed by a beloved educational institution, not just for its students, but for everyone who lives in the city,

 - Marc Morel, RMIT Venues Manager.

Now a state-of-the-art presentation and lecture theatre, the Capitol is fitted out to host TED-style talks and panel discussions presented by RMIT or industry partners. The widened stage and retractable screen will enable festivals and live performances to be hosted in this 580-seat auditorium.

In May, a partnership between RMIT and ACMI will see the Capitol debut as the new home of ACMI’s extensive range of festivals and events as they undergo their refurbishment. Together, we will host more than 500 events at the Capitol and expect over 100,000 visitors at our beautiful theatre. ACMI and RMIT will also collaborate to develop innovative teaching and research opportunities for students and staff.

None of this would be possible without your generosity and passion for giving this iconic Melbourne landmark a new lease on life.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.