Premier Theatre and Summer Gardens
293 Stirling Street,
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Firms: Oldham Boas Ednie Brown
Previous Names: East Perth Premier Theatre and Gardens
Located on Sterling Street at the corner of Bulwer Street. The Premier Theatre opened in 1924 with 1,450 seats and was designed by architect Samuel Rosenthal. The adjacent Summer Gardens opened in 1937 with 1,800 seats and was designed by Oldham Boad Ednie Brown. The Premier Theatre closed in(late-1950’s or early/mid-1960’s) and converted into a ice skating rink. The Summer Gardens continued with part of the seated area covered over to enable screening all year round. The Summer Gardens closed in 1975 when the screen blew down a storm.
The ice skating rink continued until(1982?) when a larger rink opened in Mirrabooka, and the venue was turned into a disco. The theatre was restored in 1985. The disco was closed on 27th April 1987 and demolished soon after. The site is now an office block(National Australia Bank?). The new building is called Premier.
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