Piccadilly Cinema Centre

700 Hay Street,
Perth, WA 6000

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davidcoppock on June 4, 2023 at 4:59 pm

The restoration of the Piccadilly Theatre and Arcade is finished. The original elevator has been removed and the staircase has been moved to a new location in the entrance area(arcade level). There is now a photo display on the walls(about the Piccadilly Theatre (and Arcade?)) near the staircase. The Piccadilly Theatre hasn’t reopened yet. The Piccadilly Arcade reopened in 2022(some of the shops are still empty.

davidcoppock on November 4, 2019 at 3:08 pm

The equipment used for screen 2 came from the closed down Town Cinema.

davidcoppock on November 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm

The arcade is being restored too.

davidcoppock on November 4, 2019 at 2:16 pm

When this theatre was converted into 3 screens, the proscenium was brought forward 10 metres. The left hand stalls became screen 2. Screen 1 then had 443 seats, screen 2 had 165 seats, and screen 3(behind the main screen had 103 seats. Screen 1 and screen 2 opened in 1992 and screen 3 opened in 1994.

davidcoppock on June 26, 2019 at 12:02 pm

The theatre area is currebtly closed off and being renovated. The arcade is still open though(some of the shops are empty). The rest of the arcade might be restored too?

davidcoppock on August 18, 2018 at 9:40 pm

The owners are planning to renovate the cinema(and arcade too?) and convert the three cinemas back into a single space and use it for live theatre, Kicks 101 was also a kickboxing studio.

davidcoppock on August 18, 2018 at 9:33 pm

Kicks 101 has closed down in the theatre building and moved to a new location in Perth(away the theatre and arcade).

davidcoppock on October 8, 2017 at 9:23 am

I think the National Trust and State Heritage listing include the arcade too!!

davidcoppock on October 8, 2017 at 9:22 am

Classified by the National Trust on 3/12/1988. State Heritage register 2065, registered on 20/12/2002.

davidcoppock on August 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

The main auditorium is shown above(nearest the foyer), the second auditorium(in the middle) is the smallest one(long and fairly narrow), and the third auditorium(the second biggest one), is the fariest from the the foyer(the screen is to your right as you enter that auditoriumq(possible reverse cinema?), the seats are steep too!!

davidcoppock on June 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm

The three auditoroms may still be intact? The Piccadilly Theatre elevator may be the first theatre elevator in Australia?

davidcoppock on October 30, 2016 at 8:11 am

The Piccadilly Theatre opened on 10/3/1938 opened by His Excellency Lieut. Governer Sir James Mitchell K.C.M.G. (at 8pm) showing “Paramount Airmail News from Overseas”, “Turn off the Moon”, and “I met him in Paris”.

davidcoppock on October 30, 2016 at 7:42 am

The last film shown at the end of the Perth Fringe Festival on 23/2/2014 was “When God Met Satan”. According to the Wikipedia page for the Piccadilly Theatre, the Piccadilly Theatre is haunted(by a customer or former manger?)?

davidcoppock on July 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm

The Kickz 101 store is in the Foyer area. You can look around the Kickz 101 store area on Instant Google Street View.

davidcoppock on April 8, 2016 at 8:29 am

The Piccadilly Cinema centre was used by the Perth Fringe Festival in 2014. The Piccadilly Cinema Centre is now a Kickz 101 store, in the ticket area. the website is www.kickz101.com.au .

cinemasimon on January 13, 2014 at 5:12 am

Hi Rick, The Digital projector, servers, and associated equipment went to the Cygney Cinema in Como. Everything else belongs to the building, which is leased out by CBRE. So it stays in the building. however, some of the quipment that Cyril bought during his time there were removed by him and a few select others and taken away. The projectors, platters and sound equipment are still there. As is some of the candy bar equipment.

rickmagnum on October 24, 2013 at 6:12 am

Does anyone know where the equipment is going?

cinemasimon on October 17, 2013 at 1:57 am

This cinema showed it’s last film on the 15th of October 2013. The current business owner was in arrears of AU$485,000 and his lease was cancelled by CBRE on the 30th of September. The NEC 2000 digital projector was sold privately to a single screen cinema on 13th October. All remaining speakers, projection equipment, sound equipment and confectionery are currently being removed from site.

Pictures taken by myself 2 days before it closed are available on my flickr account. (flickr.com/mirthandmayhem)

Mark747 on May 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

Exterior photo from 1981:
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Box Office with ET advertising:
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Auditorium showing Cinemascope screen from 1982:
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Auditorium showing the Circle and Projection Box from 1982:
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Art Deco Candy Bar:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 20, 2006 at 5:15 pm

The Piccadilly Theatre opened on 10th March 1938. Located above a street level shopping arcade similar to the Plaza Theatre, Perth. It was built for Claude de Bernales and was designed by the architectural firm of Baxter Cox-Leighton. The original seating capacity was 1,100.

In 1967 it was equipped with 70mm projection equipment.