The outdoor Somerville Auditorium was the brainchild of historian and foundation member of the Senate of the University of Western Australia, William Somerville.In 1927, Somerville conceived the idea of a venue defined by a cathedral of Norfolk pine trees. Today the venue is best known for the Perth International Arts Festival's Lotterywest Film Season from November through to April each year.
With accommodation for 1000 patrons on deckchair-style seats as well as 200 grass seats, there is no better venue to enjoy a film on a warm Perth evening.
Picnicking has become a traditional part of the pre-film entertainment and is a great way to soak up the ambience. The Somerville is licensed with a comprehensive bar, has delicious dinner options, snacks, ice-creams and coffee.
The venue is also renowned for the annual In the Pines music festival organised by local community radio station RTR FM.
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