No longer the Capitol Theatre, The Capitol will retain its cinematic heritage and take a leap beyond, with the revitalised 580-seat space expected to host more than 500 cultural events, festivals and live performances each year.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE said The Capitol would provide new work opportunities for students and give them the unparalleled experience of collaborating with real industry partners and the professional creative community without having to leave campus.
“Our students will have access to cutting-edge learning and teaching facilities, exposure to research and innovation opportunities, as well as work integrated learning with key cultural organisations, festivals and events,” Martin said.
“The Capitol will be a home to research, ideas, innovation and new technology, where the future of Melbourne’s creative community will work alongside experienced industry practitioners to get ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
“At the same time, The Capitol will open to the people of Melbourne once again, to be a place of education by day and culture by night, hosting film premieres, student showcases and community events – a venue for festivals, celebration, practical education and a place to connect.”
Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education, The Hon. Gayle Tierney MP officially opened the majestic National Trust-registered building, delivering a valuable cultural asset back to the city of Melbourne and the people of Victoria.
“This revitalisation project has transformed The Capitol at RMIT into a major cultural and educational hub, while delivering a valuable cultural asset back to the city of Melbourne,” Minister Tierney said.
“RMIT students will have access to high quality training in a unique environment so they can develop skills in real-world professional settings.”