Library offers theatre

A 207 seat theatre capable of screening 16mm and 35mm films is available for private bookings at the Alexander Library Building.

Popular Sunday cinema sessions are conducted in the theatre, which also has a grand piano behind the stage.

International films, rare old prints and obscure cult films have been screened there regularly, making it a popular venue for cinephiles.

The theatre will soon hold the Korean Film Festival, which is believed to be a first.

Business development manager Greg Doehring said it was the “jewel in the crown” of the library.

“Dinners can be conducted on the fourth floor, and there are four seminar rooms on the ground floor seating up to twenty-four people,” he said.

“These have recently been renamed to make them more distinctive.

“Based on WA themes, names such as The Pilbara Room, The Mid West Room and The Gascoyne Room have been adopted.”

A data projection panel, VHS video and monitors, overhead and slide projectors and a portable 16mm cine projector are available.

Electronic whiteboards with printing facilities are standard in all seminar rooms. Video and slide projectors and the latest teleconferencing equipment are also available.

“All up, the library has seven venues for small conferences, the theatre, foyer areas for breakout purposes and the Great Southern Room, which features the Eastern Hills balcony – a spot smokers can make use of.

‘The Great Southern Room is currently in use by the Australian Tax Office, no doubt for a series of GST seminars.

“The Reader’s Centre on the mezzanine floor has seating and standing areas for about forty people and has been great for book launches.

“The very successful Premier’s Book Awards was recently held there.

‘There is also an exhibition area on the ground floor.”

Mr Doehring said the Alexander Library’s proximity to the CBD, museum and Perth Cultural Centre made it ideal for inner-city functions.

“The ambience of information and learning is ideal for business functions,” he said.

“We even have a soundproof music studio on the second level which has an upright piano and guitar footstools for practice ensembles.”

Mr Doehring said charges were based on space, not guest numbers, and disability access was extensive throughout.

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