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Issues discussed included the   SHORTS                             NEW MEMBERS
          amalgamation of Screen Sound with the  The Murray Bridge Drive-In       CATHS – the Committee and long
          Australian Film Commission, the   (S.A) closed on 5 February 2005, a  time members - extends a warm
          relationship between the Archive and  victim of the Wallis Cinemas multiplex  welcome to the following new
          CATHS, problems experienced by    at Mt. Barker. It will be replaced by a  members:
          donors in the past and communications  housing estate. There are two left in  September 2004
          with film collectors.             S.A. - at Barmera and the other at
                                                                               Stephen Jones, Grovedale
            A question from the Director was,  Gepps Cross.
                                                                               Brendan Moloney, Glen Iris
          “Does CATHS know of any              Shepparton Drive- In (Vic.) will
          commercial cinemas still using carbon-  close on 12 June 2005, after 48 years.  October 2004
          arc illumination and doing change-   Village Dandenong have closed   Les Auld, Seddon
          overs?” The Rex at Charlton and the  two cinemas while the ceilings are  Lesley Bastin, Strathfieldsaye
          Swanpool Theatre are examples, but  reconstructed.                   Jon Fabian, East Roseville (N.S.W.)
          are there others? Contact the Secretary                              Guy Fanning, Melbourne
                                               Dandenong has also dropped ticket
          (see page 4) if you know of any.                                     Graeme McBain, East Melbourne
                                            prices to $9.50 in an effort to improve
                                                                               Andrew McIntyre, Mt. Waverley
          Westgarth Woes                    numbers at an aging location. Village  John Murphy, Rockhampton (Qld)
            The National Trust may oppose the  cinemas at Airport West, Waverley  Elaine Turner, Port Melbourne
          construction of two new screens in the  Gardens and Cranbourne also offer
          upstairs section of the historic  discount tickets.                  November 2004
          Westgarth theatre in suburban        Hoyts Melbourne Central will not  Graeme Edwards, Nth Ryde (NSW)
          Melbourne. The original plan was to  open until late in the year. The fire did  Gregory Gilpin, Ferny Creek
          build three screens on an adjoining  enormous damage to the structure.  December 2004
          property, but a full costing showed this
                                               The Star Eaglehawk (Vic.) has   Jill Bartholomeusz, Melbourne
          to be uneconomic.
                                            moved to community-based           Francesca Folk-Scolaro, Brunswick
            If the new proposal does eventually
                                            management. See page 34            Graeme Hodges, Langwarrin
          proceed, the proscenium and most of                                  Harry Kirkland, Werribee
          the ceiling would not be affected.  Reporting by:                    Heather McLeod, Mandurang
                                            Mel Elliott, Colin Flint, Cameron Hall,
          Uncertain Future For Albert Hall  David Kilderry, Ray Peck and       John Thiele, Dernacourt (S.A.)
          Launceston                        Ian Williams                       February 2005
            Big venues and small attendances                                   Brett Enright, Teesdale
          place financial pressures on councils  Corrections                   Caroline Harper, St Kilda
          responsible for their upkeep.        A Waltz Around Melbourne (CR 45  John Hughes, Brunswick
                                            page 28) claimed that the number of
            The historic Albert Hall in Tamar                                  Rick Milne, South Brisbane (Qld.)
                                            return seasons of Viennese Nights
          Street could become the latest high                                  Anika Ramholdt, Ashwood
                                            meant that it ran in more Melbourne
          profile casualty. The town hall at                                   David Roberts, Travancore
                                            city theatres than Gone With the Wind.
          Maydena has been closed because of                                   Greg Symons, Kinglake
          public safety issues and many country  Brian Miller has pointed out that
          halls like the one at Bishopsbourne  after M.G.M. withdrew from Australia,
          have been sold and converted into  Greater Union’s distribution arm BEF
          homes.                            acquired the rights to GWTW. It
                                            screened at the Rapallo (in 1977),
            At Waratah the Heritage Association
                                            possibly at the Chelsea and Bercy, and
          is battling their local council to restore
                                            certainly at Russell Cinemas and the
          the Athenaeum Hall, with more than a
                                            Capitol; a true  box-office champion.
          century of history, and convert it to a
                                            The Editor can only plead selective
          Mining Hall of Fame.
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