Sunday, June 14, 2015

Piccadilly Arcade.. memory of a more elegant time..



A touch of Art Deco flamboyance above the Hay St. entrance to the Piccadilly Arcade that connects through to Murray St. in the city. Built in 1938, restored in 1984 the Piccadilly is the oldest of the city arcades and in my opinion by far the prettiest, j'adore Art Deco!


Delightful features above and on the ceiling below..


Thankfully the Piccadilly Arcade is now safely on the State Heritage Register. The old Piccadilly Cinema at the Hay St. entrance to the arcade had been delighting movie goers for 75 years until it closed in 2013.. it will be redeveloped into retail space, with a view to perhaps returning to theatre status at some time in the future, I won't hold my breath but as they say 'the best way to keep a building is to make it useful'! I guess that could apply to most things :) Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe...


29 comments:

  1. Very cool arcade. I'm also a big fan of Art Deco. I hope they can save the theater. Often seems like "video is killing the cinema too" (you may sing along to that if you like).

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  2. Looks like a great way to preserve a very cool space.

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  3. DECO!
    Any time spent with YOU feels elegant, G





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  4. Oh, I agree that it does look like a great way to preserve the space! I don't care for movies -- in a theater and the ones I do want to watch, I prefer to watch at home -- but even that isn't often! That even surprises me these days??? Hope you're having a great weekend whatever you do!!

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  5. I love Art Deco too so it is wonderful to see this place in such wonderful condition, Grace!

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  6. Quite a beautiful, inviting place, Grace!

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  7. Very nice. What are the couple in the mural above the opal shop doing and what are the things y they have?

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  8. Blimey, that's gorgeous! A cousin of London's arcade and with its own beauty and flair!

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  9. Nice photos of an interesting, classic arcade. I also am a fan of Deco style.

    Thank you for your comment on my post today. The Badlands is a fascinating place. My photos don't really do it justice.

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  10. Beautiful feature on the arcade entrance and adore the entrance design to the cinema too, even though it seems to be an information booth for now.

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  11. A pretty and colorful arcade. I hope the movie theater re-opens.

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  12. I love this place! You have the greatest entertainment and fun options in Perth!

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  13. As long as Colin B can't get his hands on it, it will remain the stunning place it is!

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  14. Oh, Grace! I must´ve been blind! I bet I ran through there and did not see it! Shame on me, lesson learned and who knows, maybe ext time there will be a cinema? By golly, where were my eyes?!

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  15. I had never seen a shopping arcade until my first trip to London back in the 80's. I can't think of anyplace in the US where they exist. I simply adore them. Every trip to London and to Paris, when I find one I have to spend time admiring the architecture and looking in the shop windows. Many of the shops are just tiny spaces and it always amazes me how they stay in business but, they seem to thrive. I love these photos! What a fantastic place.

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  16. A bit of Paris, a bit of Hamburg...

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  17. How beautiful - you and I are alike in our love of art deco!

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  18. How beautiful - you and I are alike in our love of art deco!

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  19. I can see how this could be renovated for shops. I hope it's done thoughtfully!

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  20. How come I missed this?! Beautiul pics, Grace :-)

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