Capitol celebration

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The official opening of the Capitol Cinema on Monday night was a glamorous event and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this magnificent refurbishment with the City of Melbourne.

The revitalised space is expected to host more than 500 cultural events, festivals and live performances each year, offering a range of programs to the RMIT community and the public as well as providing new work opportunities for students, with unparalleled opportunities to collaborate with real industry partners and the professional creative community.

If you couldn’t attend the opening or the staff sneak-peek earlier on Monday can still explore this spectacular destination with free tickets to ACMI’s retrospective season of Agnés Varda films, Viva Varda, on offer to all RMIT staff. Visit The Capitol’s website, select a film, and then select ‘RMIT bookings’.

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The opening got terrific media coverage. For the media highlights, see below:

Jon Faine774 ABC Melbourne – 3/06/2019  Karvelas interviews Pro Vice-Chancellor Paul Gough.
Melbourne’s Capitol theatre reopens after restorationThe Guardian – 3/06/2019  A 1920s design triumph of Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin, the cinema was mothballed in 2014 after falling into disrepair.NB: Guardian has been contacted regarding incorrect $18M figure referenced in story. 
Melbourne’s iconic Capitol Theatre set to shine againThe Age (Licensed by Copyright Agency) – 3/06/2019  1/8 Melbourne’s iconic Capitol Theatre has reopened following a major revitalisation project. 
10 News First10 Melbourne – 3/06/2019  Reporter: Yasmin Paton The Capitol Theatre has been restored to its former glory. 
Seven NewsChannel 7 Melbourne – 3/06/2019  Reporter: Matilda Boseley Melbourne’s iconic Capitol Theatre has reopened its doors after a multimillion-dollar restoration. 
$20 million refit makes Capitol place of education by day, culture by nightThe Sydney Morning Herald (Licensed by Copyright Agency) – 3/06/2019  As Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of RMIT, noted on Monday, the art deco Capitol Theatre on Swanston Street “has been… 
ABC NewsRadioABC NewsRadio – 3/06/2019  Full clip. Forlimited mediasnip, visit: 
Nine NewsNine Melbourne – 3/06/2019  Reporter: Stephanie Anderson A hidden gem in Melbourne CBD is back to its former glory.  

Notable mentions 
Radio News774 ABC Melbourne – 3/06/2019  Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre will re-open today after its $25 million dollar restoration. 
Radio News3AW 693 News Talk – 3/06/2019  The historic Capitol Theatre in the heart of Melbourne has been reborn. 
Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre Restored To Former GloryNetwork Ten Play – 3/06/2019  Melbourne’s grand old dame of cinema, The Capitol Theatre, has been restored to her former, glittering glory. 
Melbourne’s 1920s-era Capitol Theatre has reopenedTime Out – Melbourne – 3/06/2019  Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre, located on Swanston Street near the Manchester Unity Building, has reopened after being closed for over five years. 
RMIT Capitol Theatre Transformed Into Cultural And Educational HubPremier of Victoria – 3/06/2019  RMIT’s iconic Capitol Theatre has been officially reopened today after a massive transformation delivering a valuable cultural asset back. 
Nine Western Victoria at June 3rd 2019 4:05 PMNine Western Victoria – 3/06/2019   
WIN TV Central Victoria at June 3rd 2019 5:17 PMWIN TV Central Victoria – 3/06/2019   
3BA FM at June 3rd 2019 10:04 AM3BA FM – 3/06/2019   
Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre is set for reopening after five years of renovationMixdown Magazine – 29/05/2019  Historic Theatre To Reopen Monday June 3 
Official Reopen Date Set For Melbourne’s Historic Capitol TheatreOztix – 28/05/2019  It’s been a long wait but we now know when Melbourne’s famous Capitol Theatre will make its return. 
The Screen Show – Jason di RossoABC Radio National – 30/05/2019  The Old Capitol Cinema on Swanston Street is now ready for a grand reopening. 

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