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                  ABN 37 195 378 179        Moe/Walhalla Weekend                  The Cinesound newsreel library
                    Reg A0020747R              Many people have congratulated me  footage was kept intact but a lot of the
                                            on the success of the CATHS’       issues and most of the camera negatives
           The aims of CATHS are: to record the  Gippsland weekend (9-10 April 2005),  were lost due to poor storage facilities.
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  whereas I wish to thank those who  No Australian film company was
           promote interest in theatre heritage and                            prepared to spend money to correctly
           architecture, and other related areas.  made it memorable:          store nitrate film, whether precious
                       Patrons:                Peter Ricketts and Judy provided
           Frank Van Straten OAM Peter Smith OAM  home hospitality and the superb Moe  newsreel footage or popular motion
           Elaine Marriner   Philip Brady   Majestic for the film program.     pictures.
                                                                                  I was the last person to be
                     Committee:                Pamela and Harvey Hutchison,
                                                                               responsible for looking after the
           President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  (great ambassadors for Walhalla) and
                                                                               Cinesound-Movietone library of
           Vice President: Peter Wolfenden 9744 2570  their helpers, supplied a tasty barbecue
                                                                               footage. As Film Librarian I located the
           Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986  at their country retreat.
                                                                               items to be used by documentary film-
           Treasurer: Barrie Wraith 9435 9785  President Gerry Kennedy showed
                                                                               makers and television. When the
                         ★                  his usual organisational skills in
                                                                               decision was made to donate all the
           Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  booking the evening meal and ferrying
           Central Victoria Co-ordinator:   many of the group to and from the  footage to the National Archive,
           Fred Page 5444 0428  (Bendigo)   Walhalla station.                  Canberra, I was on hand to pack and
           Gippsland Co-ordinator:                                             send it.
           Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  (Traralgon)  Behind the scenes, Brian Miller  Bill Gray, North Parramatta
           Events Co-ordinator:             handled the banking and Treasurer
           Brian Miller 9557 7446           Barrie Wraith looked after Accounts  Naming Rights
           Film Buffs Group:                Payable. Thanks too to all who came   I enjoyed the article on the
           Mike Trickett 5278 1986          along; it was a great weekend.     De Luxe/Esquire in CR 46. I have a
           Publications Sales:
           Garry Saunders 9812 7227         Fred Page, Bendigo                 few frames of a silent, nitrate film titled
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  (Story and pictures next issue.)  Hoyts Quality Presentations, which
           See postal address                                                  show the entrance to the theatre,
           CinemaRecord Editor:             Movietone Memories                 possibly pre-1920. The title is primitive
           Ian Smith                           The early years of Movietone News  in construction, and was photographed
            in Australia (CinemaRecord 45) was a
           CATHS website:                   very useful story on a lost part of a  in sepia. A second title Modern
                                                     Entertainment as Presented by Hoyts
           Postal address:                  theatre’s program. Our preserved film  De Luxe is also on nitrate stock with a
           PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.      history is now the poorer because the  soundtrack, and I suspect this dates
                                            company changed from simultaneous
                         ★                                                     from the 1930s.
                                            optical sound on film recording to post
           Membership                                                             I once had a discussion at a Cinema
           Annual membership subscription is $35,  synchronisation. At the time of course  Pioneers meeting with the late Ken
                                            the newsreel was seen as a ‘filler’. I
           (overseas subscribers $45) and                                      Neck. Ken was Hoyts chief technical
           members receive four copies of   don't think anyone had the foresight to  man for many years - and a top fellow!
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,  consider posterity.          He told me that after the Regent fire,
           and copies of the agenda and minutes  In my view, the only reason that any  when the De Luxe became the
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.   footage was saved was because of its  Esquire, Bill Howard - who operated
           Meetings                         potential as a back-story to a topical
                                                                               the Regal Essendon, Central North
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of  event such as the death of a Prime  Melbourne and Esquire Elsternwick -
           February, April, June, August, October &  Minister, the retirement of a great  held the copyright, if that is the correct
           November.                        cricketer, or some such story.     term, on the name Esquire.
                                               Fox Movietone in particular edited
           The Archive is located in the Prahran  heavily when they filed a copy of their  Ken said that only through
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street                               negotiations - and he thought also a
                                            weekly reels for their library. As the
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will  sound was recorded on a separate reel  financial consideration - were Hoyts
           be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm                                  able to rename the De Luxe the
                                            and then synchronized with the image,
           on the Saturday before each meeting                                 Esquire. They must have really been
           (see above), and at other times by  the sound reel was also cut to preserve  set on having the name.
                                            only the sound for the items being
           appointment with the archivist.                                     Ross King, Essendon
           Publications                     retained and the remainder was junked.
                                            This is one of the reasons why the
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other
           publications, CDs and videos are  sound is missing on some of those
           available at meetings. Items are also  ‘premiere’ additional items on DVD
           available by mail. Please contact Garry  releases. Only a few copies exist of
           Saunders on 9812 7227 for details.  complete weekly newsreels.

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