About Girls School Cinema
Girls School Cinema is brought to you by the same people behind FRINGE WORLD Festival and Rooftop Movies. Housed in the historical Old Perth Girls School, which operated as a school from 1936 until 1962.
Girls School Cinema is more than just the movies. We’ve created a cinema experience that feels like a deluxe movie night in the lounge of your best mate’s place…if your mate was The Great Gatsby.
The Girls School Cinema 2019 winter season runs from 17 May to 12 October every Wednesday to Sunday.
Girls School Cinema is located at 2 Wellington St, East Perth.
History and future of the Girls School
The historic 1930s Old Perth Girls School building is iconic in its ‘Egyptian Art-Deco’ grandeur (it’s a thing apparently – check out the pyramids on the roof!). The castle-like building operated as a school for thirty years and then a Police centre for fifty years. Some remember going to school there. Others remember going there for traffic branch business. A few remember going there to visit major crime and the dog squad. Some of them are still in prison.
There’s the remnants of a secret cop bar in the basement and an interrogation room still in place – but you’ll have to wait to visit those secret places later as the transformation of the building into a thriving Creative Precinct rolls out over coming months! The cinema is Stage 1 of the plan and it activates two of the main spaces in the building; the hall and an adjacent courtyard. The school hall is in the middle of the building and it’s a stunner.
Check out the tudoresque panelling in the ceiling and the names of heroic historical women bevelled into the faux limestone walls to inspire the girls during assembly.
Earlier this year, Girls School hosted the FRINGE WORLD Festival show A Midnight Visit. Part choose-your-own-adventure, part theatre, part film-set, part playground; A Midnight Visit transformed 34 rooms into an unbelievable fantasy world, introducing a whole new audience to the area.
Girls School Cinema is one part of a larger plan to transform the historical building into a thriving creative precinct.
Thanks for the memories
If you have any memories, photos or stories relating to the Old Perth Girls School we want to hear about it. Simply click on the link below and tell us your story.