Restoring and respecting a Melbourne icon

The Capitol RMIT Theatre

  • Location: Melbourne
  • Client: RMIT University
  • Category: Education
  • Year: 2019
  • Photography: Tatjana Plitt

Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung Country

Scale: 3500m2 over 7 Level

Value: $19m

VIDEO: Directed by Antuong Nguyen, featuring interviews with Six Degrees Architects, Natalie Miller (Cinema Nova), Adam Elliot (filmmaker), Vanessa Bird (Vanessa Bird), Ghita Loebentstein (former creative producer at Capitol Theatre), and N'arweet Carolin Briggs.


  • AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, Interior Architecture, Commendation, 2020

  • AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, Educational Architecture, Commendation 2020

  • GOV Design Awards, Architecture – Culture, Winner 2019

Now a vibrant cultural and educational hub, the restored Walter Burley Griffin designed Capitol Cinema is RMIT University’s premier film and media learning and teaching facility. The Capitol hosts film screenings, new media, creative arts, design, and performance experiences for RMIT and is a staple character in Melbourne’s cultural life.

The Capitol is a landmark. Beautiful and unique, the heritage restoration unleashes the delicious extravagance of the original ceiling.

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