William St, 1867-1919 or -1925
There was an Oddfellows Lodge in Fremantle, and their Hall was opened in 1867, opposite where the Town Hall (1887) now is, in William St. (Arthur Elvin Davies, 1867-1918, is one example of a member of the Oddfellows Lodge.) As the Oddfellows Hall, it was a multi-purpose building, and as the Gaiety or the Bijou usually a live theatre, and occasionally films were screened there. Harper's Biograph Vaudeville Company showed a season of films 8-13 November 1897, as one of the earliest screenings in Fremantle. (The very first was in the Town Hall.) Demolished 1925 (or 1919).
The Oddfellows Hall in William St was described in 1889 as 'a miserable place without convenience of any kind and for which extortionate terms were asked' (Lt M.Rose, Inquirer and Commercial News, 21 August 1889). It was renovated in 1890 and became known first as the Gaiety Theatre and then from 1898 to 1910 as the Bijou. The building was demolished around 1925 and the site was not again used as a theatre. WA cinemaweb page.
This is the only photo I've been able to find of the interior or exterior of the Oddfellows Hall, from the cinemaweb page.
Garry Gillard | New: 30 May, 2016 | Now: 30 May, 2016