Theatre Royal

639 Hay Street,
Perth, WA 6000

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Originally opened as a theatre on 19th April 1897 with stage productions and vaudeville it also presented earliest screenings of films in Perth.

A permanent bio box was built in 1910 with sliding roof to cool the theatre, and it was later wired for sound in the late-1920’s.

By 1934 it was contracted as the MGM house for new release product. Renovations were carried out in 1938, to the plans of architect William T. Leighton, of the architectural firm Baxter-Cox & Leighton.

The theatre was converted for 70mm with “My Fair Lady” in the 1960’s with removal of the third tier and installation of floating ceiling. Later in the 1980’s it became adjoined as part of Hoyts Centres Cinema Four. The complex was closed in April 1999. The facade survived, and now fronts a series of retail outlets.

Contributed by Mark Nicol

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

The facade at least of this theater has survived and it appears to have been at least partially converted to retail:View link

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Archival picture; “Silver King” was the opening attraction at the Theatre Royal, so the picture is probably from 1897: http://tinyurl.com/32jdtva

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Great Vintage photo Chris.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 11, 2010 at 4:33 am

Photographed in August 2010:
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Mark747
Mark747 on December 11, 2010 at 7:59 am

Great photo here of the old 3 tier horse shoe auditorium:
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And the retractable roof:
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Updated modernised 1940’s auditorium:
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Floating ceiling installed and removal of third tier:
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My Fair Lady commences in glorious 70mm 6 track Stereo sound:
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Mark747
Mark747 on December 11, 2010 at 8:04 am

Sadly like the Ambassadors becomes part of Hoyts distruction and is now Cinema Four, and sadly I had to work in the high rise that replaced them.
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