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The Capitol

location marker 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

An extraordinary cinema, with ceilings indirectly lit in four colours, The Capitol (formerly the Capitol Theatre) was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in ornate Chicago-gothic style. The cinema opened in 1924, and the dramatic lighting was used in conjunction with the orchestral scores during the early silent film era. It added drama for the filmgoer, and remains a spectacular sight today.

For more information or assistance with any accessibility-related enquires, please contact our ticketing team at ticketing@mwf.com.au or 03 9094 7871. Or visit the Capitol’s website.

Public transport

The Capitol is an approximately five-minute walk from Flinders Street Station or Melbourne Central Station. The nearest accessible tram stop is Stop 6 – Town Hall & Collins Street, which is serviced by routes 11, 12, 48, 109.

Accesible parking

Accessible parking spaces are located on Little Collins Street.

Parking is also available at a number of nearby car parks, including Federation Square Car Park, which has accessible car spaces on each level.

Accesible entrance

Enter The Capitol Arcade from Swanston Street or Howie Place. Halfway through the arcade there’s a lift (between the jeweller and the dry cleaner). Take the lift up to The Capitol’s Foyer level. From the Foyer, a separate lift provides access to the Theatre, Salon and Lounge levels inside The Capitol.

Accessible bathrooms

Accessible toilets are located on the Foyer, Stalls and Dress Circle levels.

Assisted listening

Hearing Loop is available in the Stalls and Dress Circle. Please note, only certain seats have hearing loop reception, so please contact our Ticketing team at ticketing@mwf.com.au or 03 9094 7871 to coordinate your booking. Patrons should adjust their hearing aids to “T” for reception.

If you are unable to access the hearing loop, the theatre can also provide you with an “Intelligent DSP RF Receiver (150MHZ)” which you can wear around your neck for the duration of the performance. The RF Receiver works in all theatre seats. You can adjust your hearing aid to “T” for reception or if this is not possible, we can also provide you with a headset to plug into that device. Please note, we have limited devices available, however will do our best to assist you on your visit. Please contact our Ticketing team at ticketing@mwf.com.au or 03 9094 7871 and we will coordinate.