Find out more about the history of The Capitol
For ninety years The Capitol was known as Melbourne’s most beloved cinema and one of its most treasured architectural icons.
Capitol Theatre, designed by Walter Burley Griffin, showing stalls foyer.
The RMIT Capitol Theatre Appeal was launched in November 2017 to raise the required funds to refurbish this iconic landmark and return it to the people of Melbourne.
In June 2019 the iconic theatre was reopened with a new name – The Capitol – and a visionary transformation.
RMIT and Six Degrees Architects have reimagined The Capitol as a contemporary destination for culture, education and innovation, and lovingly restored many of the theatre’s original features.
The Capitol now offers cinema, video, new digital media, VR, AR, gaming, video art and animation.
There is an extended stage to host live talks and lectures, a 7.1 Dolby sound system, 4K laser digital projection, coffee and wine bars, and a direct link to RMIT’s Media Precinct, enabling remote broadcasting capabilities.
It will continue to inspire and delight patrons as it has for almost a centenary, but The Capitol is now equipped to educate, collaborate and connect with the future of Melbourne’s creative community.
Photography by Igor Hill