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An early 20th century black and white photograph of the interior of a theatre with ornate curtains concealing the screen.
Exterior black and white photograph c1955 of the theatre building.
Empty seats inside a theatre with geometric ceiling lit up by multi-coloured lights.
An early 20th century black and white photograph of the interior of a theatre with ornate curtains concealing the screen.

The Capitol, RMIT

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Marion Mahoney Griffin & Walter Burley Griffin 1924, Six Degrees Architects 2019

Description

The Capitol is a cinema in the heart of Melbourne dating back to 1924. One of Melbourne's original big three cinemas and an architectural icon, the building is an important example of Marion Mahoney Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin's commercial architectural work, and a significant cultural building in Melbourne's arts spine.

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”. It was refurbished and upgraded by RMIT University and Six Degrees Architects in 2019.

What's On

There will be open building access and social history tours with RMIT.

2pm - A special presentation by the Theatre Organ Association of Australia in support of our 100th anniversary and the ongoing campaign to return The Capitol's theatre organ!

Featuring: The Dandenong ranges Hot Jazz Orchestra, a selection of historic films featuring The Capitol organ and its renowned organists Horace Weber, Newell Alton, and other treasures highlighting the history of accompanied silent film in Cinema

Images: (1) Interior of the Capitol Theatre Swanston Street, showing the stage and curtain. Photo: Lyle Fowler circa 1955. (2) Paramount's Capitol Theatre. Photo: Lyle Fowler 1937-39. (3) The Capitol auditorium. Photo: Marc Morel. (4) Interior of the Capitol Theatre Swanston Street, showing the stage and curtain. Photo: Lyle Fowler circa 1955.

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 28 July
Open access 9.30am-4pm

Tours run 11.15am, 12.45pm + 2.15pm
Running for 30 minutes in groups of 50

Presentation by the Theatre Organ Association of Australia 2pm
Running for 30 minutes with a capacity of 550

No bookings required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

ACCESSIBILITY

Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Elevator access

Not all areas of the venue are wheelchair accessible, and tours will be designed to maximise accessibility.

Location

113 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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