Shenton Theatre and Gardens

206 Nicolson Road,
Shenton Park, WA 6008

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Architects: Samuel B. Rosenthal

Functions: Bar, Office Space

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The Shenton Gardens opened in 1923. The 750-seat Shenton Theatre opened in(about 1932) on the site of the Shenton Gardens, and a new 750-seat Shenton Gardens built beside it to replace the old one in 1938. The Shenton Theatre and Gardens closed in the early-1960’s, and the theatre converted(and gardens demolished?) into a supermarket (Woolworths) until the Woolworths Supermarket moved out a new location in Subiaco. The Shenton Theatre building is a real estate office and a bar(the Nic). The Shenton Theatre and Gardens refreshment shop which was situted opposite the theatre building still exists, but is now a chemist and a post office(or agency?).

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on April 18, 2016 at 11:20 am

The chemist(pharmacy) is Shenton Pharmacy.

davidcoppock on April 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

The Shenton Theatre may have opened in 1934 judging by the date on the top of the facade at the front of the Nic(a food and drink bar).

popcorn_pete on October 24, 2018 at 2:47 am

M.D. Bell’s book “Perth A Cinema History” states the theatre opened in 1932, and that the single-floor cinema had 550 seats. The State Records Office however has plans dated 1933 for a theatre designed by S. Rosenthal which would tie in with date on the building on Google Street View. The theatre is described as being at the corner of Nicholson and Derby although this facade could be the entrance. The bar here is now the Unicorn. The Record Office states the theatre was owned by the Hatfield family while Bell’s book gives the owners as Marshall and Williams.

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