Grand Cinemas was originally formed as a family business in 1928 and through its history has been one of the great innovators in the West Australian cinema industry.
In the days when a night out at the movies meant a trip to the city, Grand Cinemas was at the forefront, with a group of great old theaters in the heart of Perth. Then came the Drive-Inn era, and the company expanded through Perth's suburbs with a string of popular cinemas.
Later movie-goers opted for the old trend of heading back into the city for a night out. This created another turnaround in the company's focus and the advent of multi-screen complexes. Grand Theaters was again a leader with the construction of the Cinema City opposite the Perth Town Hall.
Then in early 90's when movies made a big return to the suburbs, the company developed the first of a chain of high-tech multi screen complexes with the first opening at Warwick in 1993. A complex in Bunbury followed before Currambine opened in 1999.
Expansion followed in April 2004 when the company took over the Joondalup and Whitford City multi screen theatres from Greater Union and in 2005 the company opened its sixth complex in Armadale.
On April 15 2014 Grand Cinemas launched their very first Gold Lounge at Grand Cinemas Warwick boasting two dedicated boutique cinemas complete with a luxury private lounge, fully licensed bar & in-cinema catering services.
On July 7 2015 Grand Cinemas opened it's state of the art Dolby Atmos cinema at Grand Cinemas Currambine. This being the first of it's kind in Western Australia. Dolby Atmos creates powerful, moving audio by introducing two important concepts to cinema sound: audio objects and overhead speakers. Together, these completely change how soundtracks are created and heard. Dolby Atmos soundtrack brings alive the onscreen story as never before possible. The movie's sounds flow all around you with it's 51 speakers to completely immerse you in the action, heightening the impact of the story and creating a powerfully moving cinema experience. Each leather seat is wider and has more legroom than a standard session giving a more luxurious feel when watching the latest blockbusters up on the big screen!
On October 30 2014 Grand Cinemas launched Grand Cinemas Cygnet. The Cygnet Cinema has held a special place in the hearts of Western Australian film lovers for the last 76 years. And, thanks to the famed Stiles cinema family, the iconic heritage-listed building is set to entertain many generations of cinema goers, both young and old, in the years to come. Though the Stiles family has owned the one-screen cinema since the late James Stiles built the then Como Theatre in 1938, in recent years it has been operated by a succession of several small independent parties. Despite these changes, the property has remained in the hands of the Stiles family and is now owned by the children of James Stiles, namely Colin Stiles, Norma Crossing and Carolyn Anderson. Now the architectural gem, which was named to honour Perth’s iconic black swans, is again being run by the Stiles family and, since October this year, has been operating as part of their Grand Cinemas chain of movie theatres.
Still WA owned and focused, the Grand Theatre Company is proud of its history - which is nearly as long as the movie industry itself - and status as one of Australia's oldest independent film exhibitors.