Melbourne’s iconic Capitol Theatre is set to undergo a much-needed transformation to return it to its former glory, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.
Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney joined RMIT Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean and Academy Award winner Adam Elliot to announce the project, which will transform the Capitol back to a community and education hub.
The Government has contributed $2.5 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund towards the project with the remaining funding to come from RMIT and a community fundraising effort spearheaded by the university.
The project will include the redevelopment of the fly tower behind the stage and expanding the use of the theatre beyond film screenings to include theatrical and musical productions.
Once completed it is expected up to 1000 RMIT students will use the theatre weekly for lectures, tutorials and creating and showing their own digital works.
Use of the cinema for educational and public activities will provide opportunities for RMIT’s higher education and vocational students to develop the skills they need to get the jobs they want in a real-world setting.
Constructed in 1924, the Capitol Theatre is the largest civic work executed by internationally renowned American architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin.
RMIT bought the Capitol Theatre in 1999, and used it for lectures and cultural events such as the comedy and film festivals until 2014.
Source: Vic Government