Piccadilly Cinema Centre

700 Hay Street,
Perth, WA 6000

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Previously operated by: Grand Cinemas (Australia)

Architects: Alfred R. Baxter-Cox, William Thomas Leighton

Firms: Baxter-Cox & Leighton

Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Piccadilly Theatre

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The Piccadilly Cinema Centre was Perth’s “only surviving grand old Art Deco style cinema”. Originally the seating capacity was for 1,100 when the cinema opened as a single screen on 10th March 1938 with Claudette Colbert in “I Met Him in Paris” & Charles Ruggles in “Turn Off the Moon”.

It was converted into a triple screen around 1992. Screen 1 in the former circle had 423 seats, screens 2 & 3 in the former front orchestra stalls have 110 & 101 seats. The cinema screened new release films and the venue was part of the Regent Cinemas group. It was closed suddenly on 15th October 2013. The Piccadilly Cinema Centre was used by the Perth Fringe Festival in 2014, and was then stripped out. The foyer is now in retail use. Renovation work began in 2019 and was completed in 2022. Future use as a cinema was planned.

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davidcoppock on August 13, 2017 at 2:06 am

The main auditorium is shown above(nearest the foyer), the second auditorium(in the middle) is the smallest one(long and fairly narrow), and the third auditorium(the second biggest one), is the fariest from the the foyer(the screen is to your right as you enter that auditoriumq(possible reverse cinema?), the seats are steep too!!

davidcoppock on October 8, 2017 at 4:22 am

Classified by the National Trust on 3/12/1988. State Heritage register 2065, registered on 20/12/2002.

davidcoppock on October 8, 2017 at 4:23 am

I think the National Trust and State Heritage listing include the arcade too!!

davidcoppock on August 18, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Kicks 101 has closed down in the theatre building and moved to a new location in Perth(away the theatre and arcade).

davidcoppock on August 18, 2018 at 4:40 pm

The owners are planning to renovate the cinema(and arcade too?) and convert the three cinemas back into a single space and use it for live theatre, Kicks 101 was also a kickboxing studio.

davidcoppock on June 26, 2019 at 7:02 am

The theatre area is currebtly closed off and being renovated. The arcade is still open though(some of the shops are empty). The rest of the arcade might be restored too?

davidcoppock on November 4, 2019 at 9:16 am

When this theatre was converted into 3 screens, the proscenium was brought forward 10 metres. The left hand stalls became screen 2. Screen 1 then had 443 seats, screen 2 had 165 seats, and screen 3(behind the main screen had 103 seats. Screen 1 and screen 2 opened in 1992 and screen 3 opened in 1994.

davidcoppock on November 4, 2019 at 9:29 am

The arcade is being restored too.

davidcoppock on November 4, 2019 at 10:08 am

The equipment used for screen 2 came from the closed down Town Cinema.

davidcoppock on June 4, 2023 at 11:59 am

The restoration of the Piccadilly Theatre and Arcade is finished. The original elevator has been removed and the staircase has been moved to a new location in the entrance area(arcade level). There is now a photo display on the walls(about the Piccadilly Theatre (and Arcade?)) near the staircase. The Piccadilly Theatre hasn’t reopened yet. The Piccadilly Arcade reopened in 2022(some of the shops are still empty.

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