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original colours, despite the intense
          heat of arc-lamp slide projectors and
          more than sixty years away from
          projection rooms.
            Many of the 300 visitors wanted to
          talk and reminisce. One lady brought
          her scrap-book which included her
          photo taken as a child in the foyer of
          the Waratah where she had won a
          singing competition. Another lady told
          one of her father’s stories. As a boy he
          would go to the pictures at the Moonee
          Ponds Theatre where children were
          allowed to sit on stage behind the
          screen at a reduced price (she thought it
          might have been one half-penny (0.4
          cents)) and watch the film as a reversed
          image. He later became a head master
          and credited his facility with English to
          learning the skill of reading the back-
                                             The exterior of the Plaza today. Rod Cook is at the door.
          to-front writing of the intertitles.
            One man talked about a matinee at
          the Plaza where he was introduced to
          double-feature horror - the RKO pair
          Cat People and I Walked With A
          Zombie. “Was I frightened?!! Before
          that film I didn’t even know what a
          zombie was.” From the relish in his
          voice in telling the story it was clear
          that his education that day had not left
          any mental scars.
            The Ukrainian Community of
          Australia runs a welfare service and
          social club from the building, yet has
          retained the essence of the theatre. The
          proscenium has been brought forward
          and widened, the stage concealed
          behind side-parting curtains. Ross King
          set up temporary footlights so that the
          red curtains glowed. The balcony still
          has its lounge chairs and some
          remnants of traditional Hoyts carpet,  CATHS members settle for a pre-dinner show. The lounge retains original seats.
          but the bio-box is gone.
            Sixty-eight members and guests sat  the event also received air-time on  Reporting by: Rod Cook, Ross King
          down to a three-course dinner on  Magic 693. And Paul Kalina’s column  and Peter Wolfenden.
          Saturday night, catered for by a local  in The Age Metro Review of Thursday
          firm. The logistics of dismantling  12 May gave it a plug.
          displays, assembling and setting tables
                                               The Ukrainian Community was said
          and places for dinner, and later
                                            to be considering whether to rebuild a
          reversing the procedure to make way
                                            projection room. Perhaps the weekend
          for the Sunday Swap Meet and auction,
                                            of enthusiastic activity will swing a
          ably conducted by Mike Trickett, was
                                            decision to do so, and make a walk
          all in a night’s work.
                                            from the train to an (occasional) picture
            Strong publicity for these events is  show again possible in this part of
          vital and the organizers showed their  town.
          skills in radio talk-back when 774
                                               CATHS and the organizers of this
          presenter Richard Stubbs interviewed
                                            event sincerely thank the members of
          Rod Cook and Ross King, and set up
                                            the Ukrainian Community and the City
          an interesting half hour of
                                            of Moonee Valley for their strong
          reminiscences by listeners. CATHS  support.  ★
          member Clyde Simpson ensured that

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