A Bit of Perth

The Perth Entertainment Centre, Wellington St, Perth

The roundness of the Entertainment Centre, Perth 1974 (Google Earth) Click to enlarge

Opened in 1974, after just 28 years it was closed.

With a capacity of 8003 seats, the Entertainment Centre was Perth’s primary large concert venue from 1974 until its closure in 2002. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest purpose built regular theatre (containing a proscenium arch) in the world. The venue also played host to a number of theatrical extravaganzas, as well as a range of other events including musicals, circuses, corporate functions and international beauty pageants (Miss Universe 1979).

The PEC was home to NBL team Perth Wildcats from 1990 until 2002. The Wildcats won the 1990, 1991, 1995 and 2000 NBL championships while the centre was their home court. It was also home to the Perth Breakers of the WNBL from 1988 to 1989.

Now it is being demolished.

Tomorrow I will look at the replacement we are about to get.

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