The Capitol
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    The Capitol

    113 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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    The oldest of Melbourne's picture palaces, The Capitol is an art deco theatre that was given a lavish restoration from 2014 to 2019. The refurbished Capitol retains the dress circle lobbies, its 1960s foyer and the main auditorium. Full Details

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    The oldest of Melbourne's large movie palaces—many of which were opened in the late 1920s—The Capitol was designed by American architects, Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin.

    In the 1960s, a heritage conservation campaign saved The Capitol from demolition, though a section of the original street-level foyer was sacrificed to become a shopping arcade.

    The Capitol was restored in 2014-2019. The upstairs lounge areas maintain the broad pillars adorned by glass mosaic, and original carpets from the 1920s were used to recreate new carpets—retaining the same colour scheme.

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