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Criminal that this was demolished …
So beautiful. Reminiscent of Gaudi’s Barcelona architecture …
What a crime this extraordinary theatre was demolished! Are there any interior shots available?
View from the stage of His Majesty’s auditorium in the 1960s. The theatre at this time was owned and operated by the Edgley family, one of Australia’s great theatrical dynasties. It was during the 1950s through to the early 1970s that all the great JC Williamson’s touring musicals came to town, including Funny Girl, My Fair Lady, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, Mame, Man of La Mancha, and Hair. The auditorium had been painted out in neutral pastels, with none of the original Edwardian decorative detail highlighted. It was not until the theatre’s full restoration that the original glory of the interior returned to life.
Correction to the date. This is pre-1910. Probably around 1906 or thereabouts.
According to CinemaWeb, the Cottesloe Theatre was originally Wells Hall (on the corner of Leake Street and Stirling Highway)and “alterations costing more than £3,000 were undertaken in 1928, and in 1937 the hall was completely remodelled and became purely a cinema. At this stage the hall and gardens each held 900. In the sixties, the company bought up surrounding properties until they had enough to interest a development company, which demolished everything on the site and constructed the Grove Shopping Centre.”
A Star is Born was the second attraction at Hoyts Plaza in 1937, following the opening season of Lloyds of London.
Link to news clip on Regal Theatre refurbishment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJpsH37z4dg
The interior restoration and upgrade of Perth’s historic Regal Theatre has been long awaited. Now that it is a reality, the next stage is the exterior. Bravo to all involved.
Perth’s Capitol was one of Australia’s finest ‘picture palaces’. It was sophisticated rather than gaudy, and many fine artisans and artists worked on its interior detailing and fittings. Greed during the 1960s mineral boom saw it demolished with barely a protest. The citizens of Perth now know what they lost when they allowed this civic vandalism.
Perth’s Regal Theatre is one of Australia’s most iconic Art Deco picture palaces and it’s so good to see the recent restoration. Of course today, it is a famous ‘live’ venue hosting many touring plays, musicals, ballets and comedy events.
This is a truly fabulous fly-thru. The FOX is clearly still one of the world’s great “picture palaces” (that’s what we call them here in Australia)… I’m in Perth, Western Australia, and if you’d like to see some of our lost palaces, check out the AMBASSADORS and the CAPITOL. Neither were in the mega league of the FOX but had they survived they would today be important LIVE VENUES …
Beautifully crafted mini-doco. Congrats to all!
Such a sad but regrettably all too familiar story. Here in Perth, on the other side of the Australian continent, we have lost all of our ‘picture palaces’, including the mighty Ambassadors and the fabulous Capitol. I only visited Brisbane’s Regent once – in the late 1960s – and I remember it fondly.
Thanks for this clarification, David!
Link didn’t work for me! I’d like to hear this …
There’s a bit of a revival happening with drive-ins. So, it’s a shame that most have been lost, particularly here in Western Australia – the perfect environment for outdoor screenings …
Hi David! Yes the ‘refridgerator’ pic is a classic!
David, you are right, of course. Cinema Paradiso in James Street, Northbridge (one of the Luna Palace Cinemas) is an oasis! In my earlier post, I was trying to stress the fact that within the old CBD there are no longer any cinemas screening first releases.
This was Hoyts Regent. It became the Perth Metro with an art deco makeover.
Great to have your comments!
David, how wonderful that you attended the auction. Ivan King has the magnificient peacock stage curtain at the WA Museum of Performing Arts, but I’d love to know where everything else ended up.
Vindapar, yes, Perth was a glorious city architecturally in the early 20th century thanks to the 1890s goldrush that transformed the city from a colonial backwater into a thriving city in the space of a decade.
And Theatre Historical Society of America, mega thanks for sharing on your Facebook page.
A wonderful documentary. Congratulations to all involved. Tulsa will be on my list for my next visit to the US.
A truly fabulous photograph!
I’m surprised that no-one has commented on this … Down Under and invisible?