14 Preston Street,
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Previously operated by: Grand Cinemas (Australia)
Architects: William Thomas Leighton
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Como Theatre
Located in the Como district across the river from downtown Perth. The Cygnet Cinema was originally named the Como Theatre. The building was designed by architect William Leighton for cinema pioneer James Stiles and was officially opened on 3rd March 1938. This fine example of Art Deco style architecture is now included on the State’s Heritage Register. Operated by Grand Cinemas (Australia), who went our of business on 21st November 2022.
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Como Theatre(now Cygnet Theatre) opened on 3/3/1938 with “Tainted money”,and “Smartest girl in town”. There was also a outdoor picture gardens (which may have opened the same day?). The picture gardens closed in the early 70’s due to noise from the newly installed air con. The picture gardens site may still be there unused? The indoor theatre may be extending onto the picture gardens site.
The Cygnet cinema is now part of the Grand Cinema group.
I think the Picture gardens may been on the right hand side of the building!? The picture gardens projector room may still be there!?
Classified by the National Trust on 2/5/1988, and State Heritaged listed on 30/6/1993.
The theatre is for sale. It’s still operating though!!
Temporary closed(for renovations?).