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A total of forty-six members enjoyed a sit-down three course meal following a welcome from President, Trevor Walters.

             Founding member Fred Page was our Guest Speaker, and Fred ourljned a surprising number of inspections, excursions
             and  events  the  Society  has  achieved in  the  past decade.  All  founding  members  who  were  present,  were  awarded  a
             certificate to commemorate this milestone.

             Three lucky members won door prizes and Jean Smythe and Dot Howson carved up an almost too fresh  birthday cake,
             complete with ten candles, after founding member and first President Ken Tullock cut the tirst slice.

             A film  "The Picture Show Man", courtesy of Peter Wolfenden and Mjke Trickett, completed a most successful evening.

             Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick Inspection

             Despite a cold wind and an early start, some forty  members spent an interesting morning at the Classic.

             The original auditorium dates from around  1890 and was built as a public hall to stage live concerts, dances and eventu-
             ally silent movies. Re-furbished and re-opened by Mr. W. Howard on the 20'h September 1946 with M.G.M."S "Ziegfeld
             Follies", it was known as the Esquire Theatre.

             In  the early  fifties,  the  balcony was removed  and stadium seating  introduced along with conversion  to  the new wide-
             screen systems.

             Several management changes followed  and a 1969 fire closed the building until  1970 and another re-furbishment. The
             Esquire name was altered to Sharon for a time and then a further change to Classic.

             By early  1997. the single screen cinema had fallen on difficult times and was taken over by  Mr.  Ed Tamir and Reading

             Cinema One has been completely retirted and Cinema Two created in a former office space upstairs.

             Adjoining propetties were demolished and Cinemas Three, Four and Five occupy a new building and a spacious foyer.

             The Classic is now ready to entertain  its patrons for the next hundred years!

             Re-Lighting The Capitol Theatre -A Melbourne Landmark

             Melbourne's first true luxury Picture Palace opened on the 7m November, 1924.  Over the years, the Capitol has survived
             despite  television competition and  substantial re-building in  1965,  when  the  stalJs  area  was  removed in  favour of a
             shopping arcade.

             Designed by Walter and Marion Burley Griffin from the U.S.A., the Griffins also planned the City of Canberra amongst
             other buildings and homes in Melbourne and Sydney.

             Their  lasting  legacy  is  the Capital's world-famous  ceiling,  a  fantasy  of plaster cubes  and  mouldings  indirectly  lit by
             thousands of colored globes that constantly change color.

             The Theatre bas only been used spasmodically in recent years and was threatened with permanent closure in early 1999.
             Fortunately, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology saw the need for a large lecture auditorium in the heart of the
             city and have purchased  it.  The name is now the RMIT Capitol Theatre.

             On Sunday 7'h  November 1999, 75 years to the day, guests were invited to attend a "Relighting The Capitol" Ceremony.

             Percussionists from the Melbourne Symphony opened the evening.  Various dignitaries outlined the aims and objectives
             to re-furbish the property over the next five years, returning it to a true multi-purpose venue.

             The ceiling lights were switched on, then an amazing aerialist acrobat appeared from a trap-door at the top of tbe ceiling
             and descended down a swatch of material without a safety harness or net!

             An exciting night closed with a preview of the comedy film "Happy, Texas".

             If you  wish to help restore the Capitol Theatre, RMIT have launched an appeal for fwther funds.
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