The Capitol Theatre offers a space for films, lectures, events and festivals. The theatre is used by both RMT University and the public.
The theatre is part of Capitol House, which was designed by US architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. The building was commissioned by the Greek Consul-General and businessman Anthony J J Lucas and opened in 1924.
The original auditorium contained a complex ceiling of geometric prisms and lights programed to synchronise with the theatre’s Wurlitzer Organ. The auditorium served as inspiration for the auditorium at Storey Hall.
The building was remodelled in the 1960s due to dwindling attendance to include a shopping arcade. In 2000 RMIT University purchased the building and began to reverse the changes of the 1960s, recapturing its previous glory.
Transport and access
Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, from which you can connect to the train at Melbourne Central or Flinders Street.
Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.
No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.
Bought in 1999 by RMIT University, this fabulous cinema and office block was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. It opened in 1924 and the Capitol cinema today is considered the finest interior design work by this talented couple.