#followthebench to Angelo Street Marketplace

After three successful events where we have been recording your stories of the local area… the Bench Talk Project will be appearing at the Angelo Street Marketplace this Sunday 20 March 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm.

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We would love to see you there!

Come and have a seat on our blue bench and tell us your South Perth Story!

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Lesley Vanston at South Perth StrEats, February 24, 2016.

Also visit the Human Library stall for a chance to “read a human book” and listen to someone else’s personal story.

And if you include a visit to the Library’s “Pop-Up Library” stall on the day, you’re on your way to completing the LIBRARY PASSPORT competition and going in the draw to win an Apple watch!

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What’s everyone up to this weekend?

Stop by and say hi at the Angelo Street Marketplace on Sunday 24 March. The South Perth Libraries will have their very own stall on the right side of the stage and you will find us roaming around in our purple caps and holding green balloons.

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Meet me and have a chat about local history, and fill out our local history survey to go into the draw for an iPad mini!

See you there!

Building of the week – Cygnet Theatre


The Cygnet Theatre was built in 1938 for James Stiles, owner of the Grand Theatre Company. The theatre was originally named Como Theatre but changed to Cygnet Theatre in the 1960’s to associate with the Festival of Perth’s black swan logo.

The building was designed by William Leighton and built by W.H. Ralph and Sons and originally had an adjacent outdoor picture garden. Leighton is also known for other cinemas such as the Piccadilly Theatre & Arcade in Perth, Windsor Theatre in Nedlands and Astor Theatre in Mt Lawley.

Gaiety Theatre (corner Coode and Angelo Street, established 1926) and Hurlingham Theatre (Canning Highway, established 1933) were still operating when Como Theatre opened. Como Theatre was the most modern and up-to-date cinema in the district, screening talkies for the first time.

The style of the theatre is inter-war functionalist with art deco influences. It is listed on the state register of heritage places administered by the Heritage Council of WA.