Premier Theatre and Summer Gardens

293 Stirling Street,
East Perth, WA 6000

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Premier Theatre and Summer 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 ofice block(National Australia Bank?). The new Building is called Premier.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on July 27, 2015 at 7:24 am

There is a picture of the Premier Gardens(and Theatre?) in the book “Lost Perth volume 2”(page 74).

davidcoppock on June 28, 2018 at 12:47 pm

The Summer Gardens screened Greek(and Italian?) language films in the(1960’s?) and 1970’s.

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