Como landmark etched in hearts

Como landmark etched in hearts

It is a Como landmark and many residents would have fond memories of the building, with most still watching movies regularly.

The Art Deco-style cinema is also set to be featured in the soon-to-be published ‘Picture Palaces of the Golden West’, a visual history of the development of cinema theatres in WA by Vyonne Geneve.

Recently, the cinema was visited by Colin Hynes, the English author of a book about Art Deco style in London.

After an article in the Gazette in January that reported the cinema might have to close if it could not afford new technology, many residents have been talking about how to preserve it.

Many people have come forward to be part of a Friends of the Cygnet group, through local co-ordinator Peter Best, who said: ‘As we plan and develop our City let’s also preserve the special pieces that connect us to our past.’

The heritage-listed site was built for James Stiles, of the Grand Theatre Company, and originally named the Como Theatre.

The two-storey theatre originally had an adjacent outdoor picture garden and the central tower housed the ‘bio box’, which serviced both the indoor auditorium and the outdoor picture garden.