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From the Editor....

                                                    This issue is dedicated to the Regent Theatre Brisbane. The emphasis is
                                                 warranted because, thanks to the archival efforts of Ian Hanson, some rare photos
                                                 have become available which enable readers to explore a building which perhaps
                                                 has not been given its due. Some Melbourne readers, accustomed to thinking that
                                                 the Queen City of the South had the premier Regent, may even revise their
                                                    The theatre boom of the mid-twenties was an unrepeatable moment in history, a
                                                 time when the capacity for growth in film entertainment seemed unstoppable.
           The official journal of the Cinema And
               Theatre Historical Society Inc.      Stories abound of the child-like enthusiasm of the powerful in film-land for new
                        Australia                theatres, and their sharing out of the fun to equip them. Mrs. William Fox is said to
           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly  have gone well over budget in her spending on antiques for the Fox, San
                                                 Francisco. In Australia one story says that Mrs. Stuart Doyle had a hand in
                    Editor: Ian Smith            choosing the furniture for the State, Melbourne. Perhaps Mrs. Thring and Mrs.
                                                 Tallis did the same for the chain of Regent theatres.
                 CinemaRecord Artwork:
                                                    The building of an elaborate theatre for public enjoyment is both inclusive and
             Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9419 4144
                           H                     democratic: the rich provide a setting in accordance with their own tastes and
              The main aim of CATHS and this     everyone shares the pleasure, an instance of capitalism putting on its best face.
           publication is to accurately document and  Somehow a Tabaret or Leagues Club isn't quite the same.
           create an archive of the history of
                                                    In constructing their Regent, Perth (1927), Hoyts did put the brakes on a bit.
           cinemas and theatres.
                                                 This Regent, in the words of Dr. Ross Thorne, was more of a suburban cinema in
              Input in the form of articles,
           constructive criticism, and substantiated  appearance. Mind you, Stuart Doyle at Union Theatres made sure that Perth did
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and  not miss out. Union's Ambassadors (1928) seated more than 2,000 people in a city
           necessary to enable us to reach our   of less than 200,000 people.  –  Ian Smith
              Opinions expressed are those of the
           Editor or contributors, and unless           NOW SHOWING!
           expressly stated so, are not necessarily
           those of the Cinema And Theatre
           Historical Society Inc.
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord   4    Letters
           should not be reproduced without the  5    Obituaries
           permission of the author or the editor.
                                                 6    CATHS Visits Reading Cinemas, Geelong - Brian Miller
              All photos are from the collection of
           the person or organisation stated. Every  8  Reels On Rails
           effort has been made to trace the     12   The Regent Brisbane - Ian Hanson
           ownership of copyright. In the event of
                                                 24   The Role of the Film Exchanges - William Gray
           any questions arising as to the use of any
           material, the author and publisher will be  26  Ruby Palmer at Paramount
           happy to make the necessary corrections  28  Fair Exchange - Terry Wise
           in future printings.
              Contributions and suggestions for  29   A Cockatoo at the Park - Gregory Gilpin
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please  30  Same Time Service - Noel Kerr
           contact the Editor if you are planning
           to write an article for the magazine.  31  Waterfall Curtains in Australia
           We may be able to assist you with     32   Projecting Under Difficulties - Through a Glass Darkly Mel Elliott
           information, contacts, etc and it will help
                                                 34   In The Frame
           us with forward planning.
                           H                     35   Grandeur Australia
                    Contact: Ian Smith
                                                   Images in this publication are from CATHS Archive unless credited to another source.
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)
               Email:     Cover: The Regent, Queen Street Brisbane c. 1938. The chunky Plank sign with
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,      myriad globes could be a transplant from Times Square. The signs over the doors
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204      advertise Ginger Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. in RKO's Having Wonderful Time.
                                                 Will Mahoney and Evie Hayes are on stage.
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