Discover the fascinating history of performance spaces in Perth at this event held by Friends of the Library.
In the early days of the Swan River colony most theatrical and musical entertainment took place either in private residences or in the Court House (now the Old Courthouse Law Museum in Stirling Gardens). Gradually as the population increased and more public buildings were constructed, further venues became available such as the Town Hall and Mechanic Institute. However it was the first Gold Boom and the advent of cinema which caused custom-built theatres and cinemas to appear on the streets of Perth.
In his talk for the UWA Friends of the Library, Richard Offen will trace the history of the places of entertainment, looking at some of the lavish venues built in Perth and the surrounding suburbs during the halcyon days before television.
About the Speaker
Richard Offen is Executive Director of Heritage Perth, which was set up to show the heritage of Perth in a positive light as a major social and economic asset. Through a series of innovative projects, Heritage Perth is demonstrating that heritage places can find a role in today's society without losing either significance or historic value.
Tuesday 8th March 2016, 7pm-9pm, Reid Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Doors open at 7:00pm. There will be a short AGM at 7:15pm followed by the speaker at 7:30pm. Members of the UWA community are welcome to attend.
Cost: $5 donation (Free for Friends of the Library Members)
Image by West Australian Newspapers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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