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Caths onTour

                    GIPPSLAND WEEKEND

             On the weekend of April 20 & 21,
          2002, over 50 CATHS members and
          guests participated in a hectic but
          enjoyable tour of the theatres of
          Victoria’s Gippsland region. The tour
          commenced early on the Saturday
          morning at the new Village10
          Cinemas site in the Fountain Gate
          Shopping Centre, at Narre Warren
          (an outer eastern suburb that once
          would have been claimed as part of
          Gippsland).  This new complex
          opened on 2 November, 2001. It
          contains 10 screens with auditoriums
          seating from 131 to 438. It is accessed
          from level one in the shopping centre
          and features a split-level spacious
          foyer and cinemas of general                                 Interior Wonthaggi Cinema
          proportion and style. The cinemas are
          equipped with Cinemeccanica Victoria  in shades of deep pink and rich reds  a Cinemeccanica Victoria 5 projector.
          5 projectors, Cinemeccanica CNR-3  (including the stage curtains) and also  All cinemas use Christie Autowind-3
          35mm platter systems, Dolby CP650  features an orchestra pit and some  platters. The sound racks include
          sound processors (all featuring Dolby  modest theatre elements (back stage).  Panastereo CSP 1200 sound
          digital sound), Krix speakers and  The cinema is equipped with a      processors and Yamaha KX 393
          Pennywise CA100 automation.        Ballantyne Pro 35 projector, a Speco  Cassette decks. Cinema 1 includes
                                             3-plate platter and Dolby Stereo CP50  Dolby sound facility.
                                             sound system.
                                                The tour then journeyed 38 kms
                                             northeast to Leongatha where the
                                             party inspected the Stadium 4 Cinema
                                             complex, which opened in late 2000.
                                             The four cinemas, a connected café
                                             and the neighbouring
                                             reception/convention centre were
                                             converted from a Council owned
                                             basketball stadium and Senior Citizens
                Village 10, Fountain Gate
                                             clubrooms. The complex has won both    Former “Village Theatre”, Toora
             From Narre Warren the party     design and construction awards. The
          travelled 99 kms to Wonthaggi in   cinema foyer contains a magnificent   From Leongatha the tour moved
          South Gippsland where CATHS        metal sculpture, affixed to the rear  51 kms east to the small township of
          member, Keith Stevens, was keen to  wall. The cinemas seat from 79 – 164,  Toora to inspect the Community Hall.
          show us the features of his Wonthaggi  with 1-3 equipped with Christie  This hall was opened in 1961 and is
          Cinema located in the modern Union  SLC30-234 projectors whilst No 4 has  possibly the last purpose built
          Community Arts Centre.  This single                                   cinema/hall in Gippsland. It screened
          screen venue with 420 seats is                                        once or twice a week as the Village
          Gippsland’s largest commercial                                        Theatre. Apart from a tatty screen, no
          cinema auditorium. In 1982 this new                                   other cinema equipment was to be
          building replaced the former (1924)                                   found. The hall also included a small
          Union Theatre that was destroyed by                                   library at the front and kitchen access
          fire in 1980. The arts centre originally                              from the stage.
          had a shared library and foyer space,                                    After another 40 kms the party
          however the library was then relocated                                arrived in Yarram to inspect
          leaving a larger foyer space. The                                     Gippsland’s last operating picture
          steeply raked auditorium is decorated      Stadium 4, Leongatha       palace, the (1930) Regent Theatre.

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