The Capitol — RMIT University
Architect Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin
Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin: 1924.
RMIT University and Six Degrees Architects: 2019.
The Capitol, formerly known as the Capitol Theatre, was originally designed by celebrated architects Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin in 1924. The Chicago Gothic-style theatre is considered their greatest interior design work. The impressive ceiling was designed with 33,000 plaster crystals lit by thousands of coloured lights, creating the impression of a crystalline cave of wonder. With its spectacular lighting design, elaborate foyers and intricate crystalline ceiling, The Capitol is also 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”. The National Trust and Victorian Heritage have registered the property based on its architectural, historical, aesthetic and technical significance.
Photos: John Gollings