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The Capitol

Architect: Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin 1924, Six Degrees Architects 2019

City of Melbourne | C37

Building Description

Originally designed by celebrated architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924, The Capitol is considered to be their greatest interior design work. It has recently undergone a major refurbished by RMIT and Six Degrees Architects into a contemporary destination for culture, education and innovation.

With its spectacular lighting design, elaborate foyers and intricate crystalline ceiling, the 1924 Chicago Gothic-style theatre is one of Melbourne's most beloved architectural icons. Renowned Australian architect and RMIT alumnus Robin Boyd described it as “the best cinema that was ever built or is ever likely to be built” and 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 have made considerable upgrades to the building. It now offers 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, 35mm film projection, 4K digital projection, a coffee and wine bar, and a direct link to RMIT's Media Precinct, which will allow remote broadcasting capability.

What's On

Guided tours led by Six Degrees architects on the hour. Self-guided tour through the elaborate Foyer, Salon, Lounge and iconic Theatre at The Capitol.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 July 10am–4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Self-Guided

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm 2pm and 3pm.

  • Access: Fully accessible, all ages.

  • Notes: Expect queues

  • Building Type: Education

  • Architecture Era: Contemporary (2001- current)

  • Transport: Tram stop: Collins St/Melbourne Town Hall on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 67, 72, 109

  • Photo Credit: Tatjana Plitt, pre-renovation picture

Location

113 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000, Melbourne VIC

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