639 Hay Street,
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Firms: Baxter-Cox & Leighton
Styles: Italian Renaissance
Previous Names: Hoyts Cinema 4
Originally opened as a theatre on 19th April 1897 with stage productions and vaudeville it also presented earliest screenings of films in Perth.
A permanent bio box was built in 1910 with sliding roof to cool the theatre, and it was later wired for sound in the late-1920’s.
By 1934 it was contracted as the MGM house for new release product. Renovations were carried out in 1938, to the plans of architect William T. Leighton, of the architectural firm Baxter-Cox & Leighton.
The theatre was converted for 70mm with “My Fair Lady” in the 1960’s with removal of the third tier and installation of floating ceiling. Later in the 1980’s it became adjoined as part of Hoyts Centres Cinema Four. The complex was closed in April 1999. The facade and upper parts of the auditorium survived, and the building now contains a series of retail outlets.
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