Bring Eliza, the historic Wurlitzer organ, back home to The Capitol

Your donation will ensure The Capitol organ is restored to its original home in Melbourne’s iconic theatre.

Making her grand entrance in 1924 accompanying the silent film The Ten Commandments, Eliza - the Capitol Theatre organ - is an important and beloved part of the theatre’s history.

Relocated to the Dendy Cinemas, Brighton more than 50 years ago when cinema flourished over theatre, the 1,000-pipe mahogany beauty will soon make the journey home with your support. By donating today, you will help Eliza return to The Capitol in time for its 100th anniversary in 2024.

When RMIT launched its fundraising campaign to revitalise The Capitol, it inspired the Melbourne community, which was keen to see the cultural icon open its doors once again. Now we need your help to bring Eliza home and complete our restoration of The Capitol to its former glory.

Please donate now to support the Wurlitzer Organ Appeal and bring this important piece of history back home to The Capitol.

You can have complete confidence that 100 per cent of your gift goes to the Wurlitzer Organ Appeal and gifts of over $2 are tax deductible in Australia.

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Acknowledgement of country

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.