Princess Theatre

32 Leake Street,
Fremantle, WA 6160

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Previously operated by: Grand Cinemas (Australia)

Architects: Alfred R. Baxter-Cox, William Thomas Leighton

Firms: Baxter-Cox & Leighton

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: New Princess Theatre

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Princess Theatre

Located on Leake Street at the corner of Market Street. The Princess Theatre opened on 21st December 1912(the first purpose-built hardtop in the suburban area). It was equipped with a theatre pipe organ. In 1937 it was re-modelled internally in an Art Deco style by architect William T. Leighton of architectural firm Baxter-Cox & Leighton. By 1951 it was known as the New Princess Theatre. The theatre closed on 26th June 1969.

The building was sold to a car repairer and gutted for use as a workshop, retaining the basic structure, including the balcony, and the entrance onto Market Street. In 1985 it was in use as a market, and in 1989 as an ice cream manufacturing company. There is now shops and offices along the front of the theatre building. The entrance hall is now a Kakulas Sister Grocer store. The Kakulas Sister sign was lowered down a few years ago(2010?) revealing the old Princess theatre sign.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on December 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

There is a barber shop(Nvmen) on the corner or the building as well.

davidcoppock on November 19, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Heritage listed by the National Estate in 1978.

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