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Capitol Theatre

2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection.
113 Swanson St
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9650 4017

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Record #282  
 Opened: 1924
Capacity: 644 seats
Architect(s): Walter Burley Griffin
Architectural Style(s): Art Deco
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Current Organ: none
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Information for this tour was contributed by Craig Cahill.

The Capitol Theatre, designed by Walter Burley Griffin, is recognized as one of his finest works and one of the most significant and beautiful cinemas in the world. It is classified by both the National Trust of Australia and Heritage Victoria and cannot be touched.

Opened in 1924 and originally seating 2100, it was Australia's very first picture palace and the public were in awe of the elaborate and opulent decor. The most stunning feature is the ornate plaster ceiling shaped to form crystals which conceals 4000 colored light bulbs. This creates a kaleidoscope effect which in turn can be controlled to create a multitude of moods using an infinite variety of color combinations.

The Capitol Theatre was converted to a single level, stadium style Theatre in 1965 and seating reduced to 650. Whilst now operated by a prominent Victorian University, it is one of Melbourne premier event locations with capabilities of doing both live and film screening.

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March 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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Photos from the Craig Cahill collection.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 1/7/2006.

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