Capitol Theatre William Street, Perth, WA 1929 - MAGNIFICENCE LOST
MAGNIFICENCE LOST -
The West Australian Newspaper (Perth, WA) Wed 1 May 1929 - reported
Capitol Theatre William Street, Perth, WA Architects: Christian Frederik Mouritzen, George Temple Poole
Entering the auditorium one is met by an atmosphere of immensity; but it is not a repelling vastness. An all-embracing scheme of comfortable furnishings and adroitly managed adjuncts has been worked out to cover the slightest object. The ceiling is beautifully paneled and decorated in delicate pigments. In the centre, a dome with a span of 40ft. rises 9ft above the ceiling, and from it is suspended a huge hand-cut crystal chandelier, which was imported from Austria. It is 18ft. 6in. long and 7ft. wide, and weighs two tons. Besides interior lighting, it is illuminated, by four 2,000 candle power projection lamps in the ceiling, and is capable of lighting effectively the whole theatre. Coloured lights are operated from inside the cresting of the dome, and coloured cones from perforations at the top of the walls will be directed on the chandelier, producing an attractive effect of lighting the crystal in different colours. Two domes in the ceiling over the back of the dress circle have also been fitted with concealed lights. The walls of the auditorium further the decorative scheme of the ceiling. Along the tops of the walls, Tindale and Miller’s Lime Co. has designed panels of banksia – Contributed by Greg Lynch – .
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