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Somerville Auditorium
Somerville Auditorium
Somerville Auditorium
Shade, silence and stillness during daytime, and glimpses of starry night skies are experiences many people share about Somerville Auditorium. Perth's first foreign films were shown here. True, one had to be clever about arranging cushions to avoid cramps behind the knees and the numb bum from the seating at this open-air adventure, but Somerville evenings were, and continue to be, gifts of freedom thanks to the foresight of Dr William Somerville, who organised the tree planting back in 1927, and to Professor Fred Alexander and John Birman who organised the first musical recitals in 1945.
Caption: Joan Pope
Photo: Perth International Arts Festival