Subiaco Museum display 1930s film projector part of Cinema Subiaco exhibition

Subiaco Museum museum services co-ordinator Rosemary Fitzgerald with president Agnes Foyster.
Subiaco Museum museum services co-ordinator Rosemary Fitzgerald with president Agnes Foyster.

SUBIACO Museum has received a 1930s film projector to be displayed as part of its Cinema Subiaco: 1904 to 1954 exhibition.

The 35mm film projector was donated by the Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television Inc (AMMPT).

It was previously owned by Paddy Baker, a well-known West Australian projectionist and previous owner of the Regal Theatre.

Baker bought the Regal Theatre in 1946 and began showing films to the people of Perth.

When the Regal Theatre changed to a live theatre, the Baker Theatre Trust was set up by Baker and he donated all his projectors to AMMPT.

The exhibition will celebrate cinema culture in Subiaco and coincides with the 80th anniversary of the Regal Theatre opening.

Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said Cinema Subiaco would bring to life the colourful story of Baker and his important contribution to Subiaco.

“It is wonderful to have this piece of local history back in Subiaco after so many years,” she said.

“There are many people who knew Paddy Baker and will remember watching films shown from his travelling projector.”

The Essentials

WHEN: Exhibition now on display until November.

WHERE: Subiaco Museum, 239 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

COST: Free