Menora Theatre and Picture Gardens
362 Walcott Street,
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The Menora Theatre closed in 1961 & in the 1980s became the Beefeater Restaurant.
The Menora theatre was centrally placed and ran profitably until Oct 1959 when television was introduced. Over the next two years the box office receipts fell gradually to nothing, and in 1961 the family was forced to close both the cinema and picture gardens. The projection equipment from the cinema made up of Centrex projectors and Westrex Sound was sold to Arthur Stiles of City theatres for £2,000, who immediately installed the plant in their prestigious Piccadilly Theatre in Hay Street, some years later it found its way into the Grand theatre in Murray Street. My greatful thanks to Roy Mudge for this information.
The Menora Cinema was modified into a squash court., and a building containing 9 housing units was constructed over the once beautiful picture gardens. The car park became a supermarket (thought to be the first operating supermarket in the area of Perth). Eventually in time becoming an antique shop. In the 1980s the theatre became the Beefeater Restaurant, and in 2020 it is operating as a Thai restaurant & beauty saloon (Haus of Style).
Contributed by Greg Lynch -
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