Liberty Theatre

81 Barrack Street,
Perth, WA 6000

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Firms: Sheldon & Krantz

Functions: Live Music Venue, Live Performances

Previous Names: Kimberley Theatre, Liberty Cinema

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The original Liberty Theatre, Perth motive

At 81 Barrack Street, the Liberty Theatre became Perth’s first art house cinema opening 1st March 1954. The architectural firm Sheldon & Krantz (the principals of which were Jewish refugees) was engaged to transform the first floor of a goldrush era building into an intimate contemporary cinema with the express purpose of screening foreign-language and art house films - mostly, of course, European.

As a speciality ‘European’ house it lasted less than a decade, but it endured screening a variety of film genres until the early-1990’s (by which time it had been renamed the Kimberley Theatre and was showing Chinese martial arts films). When I was a teenager, I remember it as the Perth ‘home’ of the Sydney Poitiers film “To Sir With Love”, which screened there for well over two years! It was closed in October 1997 and converted to retail use. It was renovated and reopened in November 2022 as a live music venue and in January-February 2023 hosted the Perth Fringe Festival.

Contributed by barryinperth

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

davidcoppock on May 11, 2018 at 9:43 pm

Or you could try looking on the microfilm of the West Australian newpapapers in the Alexander Library(3rd floor, Battye Library), or possibly on online on Trove? The New Oxford Theatre(now Luna Leederville), ran the Movie “The Gods must be crazy” for over 2 years, maybe even 3 years, saving that thestre, so long movie runs are possible.

davidcoppock on June 26, 2019 at 7:35 am

The dressmaking store is called Sew Unique Clothing Alterations. The adult movie “Emmanuelle screened in Paris, France for over 18 years(a World record i think?), i forget which cinema or cinemas it screened in there!!?

davidcoppock on February 13, 2021 at 1:04 am

The Liberty Theatre got a mention on the Channel 7 news(6 pm) in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, showing the outside(including the neon sign) and the inside too(the seats appear to be gone?). A man(name unknown?) has brought it(use unknown at the moment?).

davidcoppock on February 14, 2021 at 6:37 am

The news item was on 12/2/2021.

davidcoppock on February 15, 2021 at 4:10 am

Also known as Liberty Cinema.

davidcoppock on June 14, 2022 at 10:05 pm

There is plans to renovate and reopen the Liberty Theatre.

davidcoppock on January 11, 2023 at 7:51 am

This theatre us going to be reopened for the 2023 Perth Fringe Festival for stand up comedy shows by British comedian Ross Noble.

davidcoppock on January 17, 2023 at 12:45 am

The Liberty Theatre reopened in November 2022 as a live music venue after being restored.

davidcoppock on June 20, 2023 at 1:44 am

Movies are been screened again in this theatre for the next 2 weeks.

davidcoppock on June 20, 2023 at 5:10 am

The movie screenings are part of the Strange Festival.

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