Windsor Cinema

98 Stirling Highway,
Nedlands, WA 6009

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Additional Info

Operated by: Palace Cinemas

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

Firms: Baxter-Cox & Leighton

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Windsor Theatre & Gardens

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 61089.386.3554

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Windsor Theatre auditorium

The Windsor Theatre and Gardens opened on 10th September 1937 with Deanna Durbin in “Three Smart Girls”. It was designed by West Australian architect William T. Leighton in the Art Deco style. The 775-seat Gardens on the adjacent land shared the bio box with the 806-seat Windsor Theatre and were later closed in 1968.

New owners of the Windsor Theatre built another cinema on the Theatre Gardens land, this opened in 1988. The Windsor Cinema has recently become part of the Luna/Palace Chain.

Contributed by Mark Nicol

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

davidcoppock on July 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm

The Windsor theatre opened on 10/9/1937 with “Fox Australian news”,“Back yard broadcast”,“La fiesta Santa Barbara”,“Popeye cartoon(Pleased to meet you)”,“Honolulu-paradise of Pacific”,Intermission,“Universal news reel”,and “Three smart girls(Deanna Durbin).

robboehm on July 17, 2015 at 7:23 am

According to the Wikipedia article the Gardens portion closed in 1968 and there was an extensive renovation to the indoor theater. After a fire in the 1970s the theater was restored but closed 9/24/83.

New owners demolished the gardens adding a second auditorium which seated 210. At the time of the reopening the capacity of the original auditorium was 500 for a total of 710.

davidcoppock on April 18, 2016 at 8:33 pm

There has been attempts to get the Windsor Cinema heritage listed by the Art Deco Society of Western Australia, but so far unsuccessful(i think?).

davidcoppock on October 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

Classified by the National Trust on 3/12/1990, and Municipal inventory on 13/4/1999. State Heritage register 1831, but not registered.

davidcoppock on December 24, 2018 at 11:27 pm

Correction 2 screens, not 3.

davidcoppock on December 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm

The projector room for the second screen may be the same projector room from the outdoor picture gardens?

davidcoppock on April 19, 2019 at 6:46 pm

Digital projectors were installed for screen 1 and 2 in july/august 2012.

davidcoppock on September 17, 2019 at 2:04 am

This was the the twin theatre in the World built around a projector running on rails between the indoor theatre and the outdoor picture gardens.

davidcoppock on September 22, 2022 at 8:08 pm

There is a 3rd screen now as well, just to the left after you go in the front doors(looks small in there?). The front of the Windsor Cinema still says it’s a twin Cinema though.

davidcoppock on September 22, 2022 at 8:13 pm

There is a framed photo on the wall near the entrance to cinema 2 in the Windsor Cinema showing Queen Elizabeth ii at a(Royal movie premiere? at the Odeon Theatre(Picadilly?). There is also a cardboard cutout of Queen Elizabeth ii near the other side of the entrance to cinema 1 as well.

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