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A Melbourne icon reimagined

RMIT’s vision is to reactivate the Capitol Theatre and transform it for future generations – providing a centre for cutting-edge tertiary education, as well as a cultural landmark and creative space for Melbourne.

The RMIT Capitol Theatre Appeal seeks to return this vibrant home of arts back to students, industry and the people of Melbourne.

Once the city’s hub for a thriving entertainment and arts scene, the Capitol Theatre has been a beloved and treasured landmark of Melbourne for decades.

The revitalised Capitol Theatre will give Melbourne a spectacular and world famous space to house festivals, film premieres and screenings, concerts and conferences; enable industry co-collaboration for work in digital media, VR, AR, film and animation, and create learning spaces for more than 1,000 students per week to study film and digital media.

RMIT has committed to match every donation to the appeal dollar for dollar, and we’ll be acknowledging the names of all donors (or their nominated family member) who give $250 or more in a special feature within the building.

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A distinguished group of luminaries supporting the reactivation of the Capitol Theatre for our students, industry and the people of Melbourne.

We want to revitalise the Capitol and open it up to students, industry and the community. The new Capitol will be a thriving centre of education, research and innovation. More than 1000 students across 10 disciplines will be able to gain hands on experience and exposure to industry best practice.

Martin Bean

Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT

The Capitol can once again become a hotbed of creativity – with ideas sparking off each other – and become an inspirational space hosting world premieres, festival screenings and special events.

Adam Elliot

Academy-winning animation writer, director and producer

I really encourage others to get behind the vision of bringing back this beautiful icon. Not only for its former glory but its future potential to really engage Melbournians and people from around the world with this jewel that’s in the heart of our city.

Sue Maslin

RMIT Adjunct Professor and Producer of the Dressmaker

The refurbished Capitol Theatre will make an important and unique contribution to Melbourne screen culture, and to the city of Melbourne as a global arts and culture destination.

Clare Stewart

RMIT Alumnus and British Film Institute (BFI) Head of Festivals

“Yes!  Another mighty and inspirational dimension from RMIT.  Village Roadshow’s partnership at The Capitol was a turning point in our exhibition business.  “Capitol Reloaded” – I’d like to see that!”

John Kirby

Deputy Chairman, Village Roadshow Ltd

“What will happen here, is the recreation of something  quite extraordinary, a magnificent building, which at the same time will become a wonderful learning resource for the students at RMIT, and for people who live and work in Melbourne.”

Lord David Puttnam

Academy award winning Filmmaker

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