His Majesty's Theatre

825 Hay Street,
Perth, WA 6000

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Previously operated by: Fullers Theatres Pty. Ltd.

Functions: Live Theatre

Previous Names: Ye Olde Englishe Fayre, Continental Gardens

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Annette Kelleman in NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER at His Majesty's in September 1915

Ye Old Englishe Fayre opened in the early or mid-1890’s, and was the first site to screen films in Western Australia on 21st November 1896 three months after the first Australian screening of films in Melbourne in August 1896. Name changed to Continental Gardens in 1898, and closed in 1899, and demolished in(1899 to 1902?).

Construction of His Majesty’s Theatre started in 1902. His Majesty’s Theatre opened on 24th December 1904 with a performance of “Forty Thieves”. The first films were shown on 10th June 1905. Films were shown on and off until the 1920’s. Films were shown again for a brief time in the 1940’s for war-weary troops and locals. The theatre was nearly demolished in the 1970’s until saved by the then premier Sir Charles Court, and closed for renovation ,and officially reopened on 28th June 1980 with a command performance of variety presented by Western Australian artists.

There was also a small cinema in the Green Room under His Majesty’s Theatre opened 11th December 1996,it seems to have been short-lived. The theatre has been heritage listed(date unknown). There is a book about His Majesty’s Theatre released for the 100th birthday of the theatre called “A Dream of Passion” by David Hough. His Majesty’s Theatre is the only remaining Edwardian theatre in Australia, and only 1 of 2 His Majesty’s Theatres remaining in the World, the other one is in Aberdeen, Scotland(opened 2 years later).

Contributed by David Coppock

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

davidcoppock on July 26, 2015 at 11:58 pm

There is a performing arts museum at His Majesty’s Theatre(downstairs, Hay street side).

davidcoppock on April 24, 2016 at 12:17 am

I think the preforming arts museum might in the same place the Green Room Cinema was?

davidcoppock on August 5, 2016 at 1:00 am

Correction – His Majesty’s Theatre is the only remaining operating Edwardian theatre in Australia!


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