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                                            Drive-In Memories                  New Multiplex for Adelaide
           The aims of CATHS are: to record the
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  The feature on drive-ins      The Wallis group’s Mitcham Seven
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  (CinemaRecord 54) was an outstanding  Cinemas are due to open on 7 June, the
           architecture, and other related areas.  compilation.                release date for Shrek III.
                       Patrons:                Through my railway hobby, I have  Metro No Pushover
           Frank Van Straten OAM Peter Smith OAM  been in rural towns on many occasions.
           Philip Brady                                                           The strength of the concrete in the
                                            A good way of filling in the evening  former Metro Adelaide makes it hard
                     Committee:             was to attend the local cinema or drive-
           President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  in. These visits included drive-ins at  work for the wreckers. The only theatre
           Vice President: Peter Wolfenden 9744 2570  Esperance (WA), Whyalla (SA) and  in Australia fully designed in America
           Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986  once in the Northern Territory.   for Loews Inc., the parent of MGM, the
           Treasurer: Barrie Wraith 9435 9785                                  theatre was built to resist the weight of
                                               I was staying with a friend. We  snow-falls, and was given hot-air grilles
                         ★                  went to the drive-in, the Darwin way.  at pavement level to blow snow off
           Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  Everyone got out of their cars, and  shoes!
           Central Victoria Co-ordinator:   picnicked in their own deck chairs in
           Fred Page 5444 0428  (Bendigo)                                         Gone is the second cinema built in
           Gippsland Co-ordinator:          front of the car, with an icebox of beer  the entrance corridor after Greater
           Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  (Traralgon)  alongside.                    Union took over, but the original
           Events Co-ordinator:                One organiser of railway tours  auditorium could be an even tougher
           Brian Miller 9557 7446           specialised in taking a bus to the local
           Film Buffs Group:                                                   assignment.
           Mike Trickett 5278 1986          drive-in, parking it broadside to the  Restoration at Ouyen
           Publications Sales:              screen, and hooking up to perhaps as
           Garry Saunders 9812 7227         many as five speakers (in an era when  The project to restore and improve
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  buses had opening windows).   the former Roxy Ouyen, once part of a
           See CATHS’ postal address           An old joke: “I can’t stand drive-  circuit run by the Nulty family in the
           CinemaRecord Editor:                                                far north-west of Victoria, is moving
           Ian Smith                        ins; too much sex and violence - in the  along. Built with Queensland-style
             other cars”.
           CATHS website:                   Roderick Smith, Canterbury (Vic.)  lattice along the walls, the only
                                                     ‘tropical’ in Victoria, the lattice sections
           Postal address:                  Shorts Circuit                     are now restored. The entrance foyer
           PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.         I smiled while reading John     has been doubled in size, with the
                         ★                  Holloway’s account of watching repeats  additional doors matching the original.
           Membership                       of shorts (CR 54), especially Land Of  There is still a way to go.
           Annual membership subscription is $40,  The Long White Cloud.       Bendigo says ‘No’ to Organ
           (overseas subscribers $50) and      It was one of a series released under  A proposal to install a Christie
           members receive four copies of   the Universal-International logo in  theatre organ in the Eaglehawk Town
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,  January 1963.
           and copies of the agenda and minutes                                Hall (Star Cinema) has been rejected
                                               Our Department of Tourism was   by the Bendigo Council.
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.   ‘over the moon’ that a big American
           Meetings                                                               The local Theatre Organ Society
                                            film company would be selling this film
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of  into world markets.        was prepared to build an annexe to
           February, April, June, August, October &                            house the mechanism, install a roller
                                               In 1966 Universal passed Cloud
           November at the Sun Theatre, Yarraville.                            system for moving the console, make
           Archive                          over to United World Films, its ‘home  organ music a prelude to the show, and
                                            viewing’ subsidiary, which owned
           The Archive is located in the Prahran                               use it as a teaching instrument.
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street  Castle Films. Castle changed the title  According to a spokeswoman, the
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive is  for the small-gauge market to New  organ was built in 1927, shipped to a
           open between 9.30am and 12.30pm on  Zealand Splendor.               Perth theatre (Ambassadors?), was
           the Saturday before each meeting (see  Australian audiences were not alone  later installed in a Sydney theatre, then
           above), and at other times by    in suffering repeat screenings of the  went to a private home in Adelaide.
           appointment with the archivist.  same shorts. New Zealand audiences
           Publications                     wised-up though; many would ring the
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other  theatre to find out what time the feature
           publications, CDs and videos are  started.
           available at meetings. Items are also  David Lascelles Wellington (NZ)
           available by mail. Please contact Garry
           Saunders on 9812 7227 for details.

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