A new destination for culture, education and innovation

VISIT

We are open for events

Check out our Events page for films, events and festivals at The Capitol.

Location

113 Swanston Street

Melbourne VIC 3000
(opposite Melbourne Town Hall)

Building 113, RMIT University, Melbourne City Campus

Accessibility

The Capitol is an accessible venue. Please contact us to discuss your accessibility requirements before attending an event.

Eat & Drink

The Capitol Coffee, Candy and Wine Bar serves a selection of premium coffee, confectionary, light snacks, wine and beer. The Coffee & Candy Bar is located in the Foyer (level 1) and the Wine Bar is located in the Salon (level 2) where you’re welcome to relax before or after an event or show.

The Mahony Group are available to cater events and functions at The Capitol. Please contact us to discuss.

VENUES

With its spectacularly ornate Chicago-gothic style, The Capitol is one of Melbourne’s most beloved architectural icons. With RMIT’s state-of-the-art refurbishment it has been transformed into a contemporary centre for the cultural and education industries, with a variety of flexible spaces available to innovate and enjoy.

All spaces at The Capitol are available to book for screenings, workshops, conferences, talks, meetings and exhibitions. Please enquire to discuss your future event bookings.

Melbourne’s most iconic theatre can host screenings, theatre, talks, conferences, lectures and workshops.

  • 554 seat theatre, 8 accessible seats
  • 4K DCP Projection
  • Dolby surround sound for cinema
  • Retractable cinema screen
  • Lectern and plug-and-play capabilities for talks, conferences and lectures
  • Programmable LED coloured ceiling light display
  • Fly tower and stage rig
  • Sound and lighting desks, AV facilities
  • Please note The Capitol Theatre is not a live music venue

A flexible, multi-purpose space for workshops, installations, exhibitions, meetings and pre or post-event drinks.

  • 150 pax standing with seating banquets for 20 pax in-situ
  • 80 pax seated lecture-style
  • 20 pax seated meeting-style
  • Wine Bar for drinks and snacks
  • Optional event catering
  • Toilet facilities
  • The Salon has accessible lift access from the Foyer on level one

An intimate, multi-purpose space for collaborative meetings, workshops and pre or post-event drinks.

  • 40 pax standing
  • 10 pax seated in banquets and armchairs in-situ
  • Optional event catering
  • Toilet facilities
  • The Lounge has accessible lift access from the Foyer on level one and Salon on level two
  • 100 standing
  • Coffee & Candy Bar for drinks, snacks and confectionary
  • Box office facilities
  • Flexible networking, event and breakout space
  • Optional event catering
  • Accessible and general toilet facilities
  • The Foyer has accessible lift access from The Capitol Arcade on the ground floor (Swanston Street)

ABOUT THE CAPITOL

Designed by celebrated architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, the 1924 Chicago Gothic-style theatre is considered their greatest interior design work. With its spectacular lighting design, elaborate foyers and intricate crystalline ceiling, The Capitol is also one of Melbourne’s most beloved architectural icons. The National Trust and Victorian Heritage have registered the property based on its architectural, historical, aesthetic and technical significance.

Along with restoring The Capitol to its former glory, RMIT and Six Degrees Architects have made considerable upgrades to the building, transforming it into a contemporary destination for culture, education and innovation. The Capitol will now offer Melbournians experiences across cinema, video, new digital media, VR, AR, gaming, video art and animation. There is an extended stage to host live theatre, talks, conferences and lectures, a new cinematic sound system, 4K digital projection, a coffee, candy and wine bar, and a direct link to RMIT’s Media Precinct, which will allow remote broadcasting capability.

Renowned Australian architect and RMIT alumnus Robin Boyd once described the theatre as “the best cinema that was ever built or is ever likely to be built.” The Capitol has now been reinvented as a place where the creative industries can not only showcase and inspire patrons, but innovate, educate, collaborate and connect with the future of Melbourne’s creative community.

Be one of the first to discover the rich history and sensational recalibration of this treasured Melbourne landmark.

CONTACT

For general and booking enquiries please email thecapitol@rmit.edu.au.