580 Hay Street,
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Architects: Anthony Brand
Firms: Brand Deakin & Hay
The four screen Cinema City opened 6th November 1980 with “The Blues Brothers” playing in one of the auditoriums. Rich multi-coloured carpets cover floor, steps, stairs and carry up for the full height of the inner walls with highly reflective walls. The coffered ceiling increases the apparent height and suspended from it are fluorescent tubes sheathed in a glittering chromium plate.
Cinema City’s lobby opens into an enormous space over 14 metres high. The stunning effect of unlimited space is multiplied by each wall being sheathed by mirrors. Chrome plated space frames adorned with lights, hang from the ceiling. The mirrors pick up the glitter and glamour of these features and reflect them on into what seems like eternity.
Hoyts Cinema City in the heart of Perth, in a very traditional style, offers stadium seating ensuring no one blocks your view. Superscreens and Digital Surround Sound provide the latest sound technology featuring Dolby Digital and DTS sound formats. This multi screen complex is within easy walking distance of Perth’s major hotels and apartments.
This was one of the City Theatres properties taken over by Hoyts in 1988, and immediately put on the market (for leaseback). It was sold for a reputed $10m in 1994. The fifth cinema was never added, and in the mid-1990’s, the four cinemas (still known as Cinema City, but now holding Hoyts Cinemas 1 - 4) held 494, 580, 394 and 790 seats. In 1999 it was reported that The Cinema City shopping arcade and theatre complex has been sold to Perth investor Westpoint Corporation for approximately $13m. The Cinema City was closed 17th October 2007.
The building was demolished and a 20 storey apartment complex built on the old grounds in 2008.
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