a melbourne icon reimagined
“Not long before the Capitol closed in 2013, my boyfriend and I went to see a Canadian author called Jared Diamond (author of Guns, Germs and Steel) launch a new book there.
After the talk my partner turned to me and asked to get married! It was a very pragmatic moment actually – we had a conversation about getting married and starting a family.
So the Capitol is a landmark location for us.
I’m excited to go back – especially now we have a daughter, given that we promised each other we would become parents together there – so I’m definitely inspired to get involved in the next chapter.”Jessie Mitchell
Your Capitol Stories
Have you had a memorable experience at the Capitol? Perhaps you went on your first date, attended a lecture under the famous crystalline cave ceiling or had a moment that has stuck with you forever.
We want you to cast your mind back and share your story with us.
Your Capitol story
”As an executive of Village Roadshow I remember the Capitol very fondly, it was an important part of the Village Roadshow history because we had a partnership.
Before the partnership we had a number of basement cinemas around Melbourne, but with the Capitol we entered the big time. We had a magnificent, glamorous, above ground cinema which made a statement. We were honoured to have it as part of our history.
I do remember sitting in the rows watching Barry McKenzie one time and behind me I could hear that little fizz of beer cans being opened. And to this day I still remember it and I still say… only in Australia could that happen… only in Australia.”
See who's talking about the Capitol Theatre
''We want the Capitol to be a place of education by day and culture by night, hosting film premieres, student showcases and community events. That’s no small task, so today we’re launching the #RMITCapitol Theatre Appeal.'' Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean CBE pic.twitter.com/pK10r8pt29— RMIT University (@RMIT) November 20, 2017
''The Capitol lives and breathes in the hearts and minds of so many Melburnians. The revitalised Capitol Theatre will join the vibrant worlds of art and education'' @GayleTierney @VicGovAu #RMITCapitol— RMIT University (@RMIT) November 20, 2017
''I am very honoured to be one of the #RMITCapitol ambassadors, I have a very long history with the theatre and I can't wait for the Capitol to be restored to her former beauty.'' Oscar winning animator Adam Elliot.— RMIT University (@RMIT) November 20, 2017