Piccadilly Cinema Centre
700 Hay Street,
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Previously operated by: Grand Cinemas (Australia)
Architects: Alfred R. Baxter-Cox, William Thomas Leighton
Firms: Baxter-Cox & Leighton
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Piccadilly Theatre
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 with future use a a cinema planned.
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The three auditoroms may still be intact? The Piccadilly Theatre elevator may be the first theatre elevator in Australia?
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!!
Classified by the National Trust on 3/12/1988. State Heritage register 2065, registered on 20/12/2002.
I think the National Trust and State Heritage listing include the arcade too!!
Kicks 101 has closed down in the theatre building and moved to a new location in Perth(away the theatre and arcade).
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.
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?
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.
The arcade is being restored too.
The equipment used for screen 2 came from the closed down Town Cinema.