Hope yet for the Cygnet

In January, cinema manger Graham Kahn told the Gazette the cinema would face closing its doors, as the business could not afford the $100,000 needed for a digital upgrade.

But Mr McGrath said after a recent meeting with the Stiles family, the owners of the building, he is optimistic it would not close.

‘Colin Stiles informed me that the owners are talking with interested parties towards ensuring that digital projection is installed into the cinema and other upgrades are put in place,’ he said.

‘This was most comforting given the number of South Perth residents who have expressed concern to me that the Cygnet Cinema may soon have to close its doors.

‘I am now hopeful that a satisfactory outcome can be reached commercially.

‘The Stiles family has been a part of the fabric of South Perth for many years. Colin’s father, James, built the cinema in 1938.

‘I don’t believe they will allow it to close.’