Premier Theatre and Summer Gardens

293 Stirling Street,
East Perth, WA 6000

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Architects: Harold Boas, Samuel B. Rosenthal

Firms: Oldham Boas Ednie Brown

Previous Names: East Perth Premier Theatre and Gardens

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Premier Theatre and Summer Gardens

Located on Sterling Street at the corner of Bulwer Street. The Premier Theatre opened in 1924 with 1,450 seats and was designed by architect Samuel Rosenthal. The adjacent Summer Gardens opened in 1937 with 1,800 seats and was designed by Oldham Boad Ednie Brown. The Premier Theatre closed in(late-1950’s or early/mid-1960’s) and converted into an ice skating rink. The Summer Gardens continued with part of the seated area covered over to enable screening all year round. The Summer Gardens closed in 1975 when the screen blew down a storm.

The ice skating rink continued until(1982?) when a larger rink opened in Mirrabooka, and the venue was turned into a disco. The theatre was restored in 1985. The disco was closed on 27th April 1987 and demolished soon after. The site is now an office block (National Australia Bank?). The new building is called Premier. By 2023 the office building had been demolished and a new building was being constructed in the site.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on July 26, 2015 at 11:24 pm

There is a picture of the Premier Gardens(and Theatre?) in the book “Lost Perth volume 2”(page 74).

davidcoppock on June 28, 2018 at 4:47 am

The Summer Gardens screened Greek(and Italian?) language films in the(1960’s?) and 1970’s.

film on September 13, 2019 at 6:18 pm

The Premier Theatre was built by the East Perth Football Club. Films had previously been screened outdoors at Perth Oval and the club decided to build an indoor theatre. WR (Bill) Haynes, the club’s patron, lent them the money for it but in 1927 he decided to take it over himself. Cyril Norton (secretary of the EPFC) became the manager.

The club colours of blue and black.

The tiles along the front of the building were in the club colours of blue and black. The interior had a pressed tin ceiling. The theatre seated 1,000 patrons downstairs and 440 upstairs (some reports 450) – In 1938 it underwent a major renovation both externally and internally to the Art Deco style, and new projectors and a sound system were installed. “When it was a top film we used to switch with the new Oxford Theatre. They’d show the first half and we’d show it the second half. A chap on a motor bike used to run between the two theatres with the spools.”

The deck chairs were expensive

The Premier Theatre Gardens were built in Stirling Street in the mid-1930s. “The deck chairs were expensive and the garden seats were the cheap ones. When it rained they used to have to carry half of the projection equipment across from the gardens to the theatre and start 20 minutes later. Everyone from the garden’s cheap seats used to head straight for the good seats upstairs.” posted online by (Graham Norton) – Contributed by Greg Lynch –

davidcoppock on October 16, 2019 at 7:49 am

Demolished in 1987. There is now a plaque on the footpath on the street corner where the Premier theatre and Gardens used to be(installed in september 2019?).

davidcoppock on November 13, 2023 at 8:11 am

The office block on this site has been demolished. Another building is being built on this site(unknown what the building is?).

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