Mayfair Newsreel Theatrette Neon Sign - 721 Hay Street, Perth, WA - Early 50's

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Entrance to Perth's Capri Cinema, formerly the Mayfair Theatrette

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Mayfair Newsreel Theatrette Neon Sign - 721 Hay Street, Perth, WA  -  Early 50's

Mayfair Newsreel Theatrette Neon Sign, high above Hay Street – Scarce Photo taken during the early 50’s

The Mayfair Newsreel Theatrette was an extremely successful operation. Well located in Hay Street, it wasn’t unusual to see long queues of patrons, waiting to see a new 3 Stooge Comedy, or a Pete Smith Special.

NEWSREEL THEATRETTES* were scattered around Australia, and first appeared in the early 30’s. Most were below street level. These establishments screened continuous newsreels from Movietone, Universal & Cinesound, along with cartoons & special featurettes. There were no intermissions, and it was possible to sit there all day. EG: Come & go as you please – The Mayfair was an excellent example of a well set-up newsreel theatrette with a cosy ambiance, which used to boast that it was the coolest place in town – Contributed by Greg Lynch –

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