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From the Editor....

                                                    This issue could be subtitled, A tale of two regions. As well as a follow-
                                                 up on the CATHS’ tour to south-west Victoria and the border region of
                                                 South Australia, we strike a geographical balance with two stories of
                                                 independent cinemas in the equally picturesque north-east, as well as give
                                                 a step-by-step account of how a group at Woodstock, near Cowra NSW,
                                                 hope to resurrect movies in their hall.
                                                    With the development of the St Kilda triangle, which includes the Palais
                                                 Theatre  now a hot topic in Melbourne, Ian Hanson’s cover story on the
           The official journal of the Cinema And  earlier versions which have stood on that spot is a timely reminder of just
               Theatre Historical Society Inc.   how long that section of real estate has been associated with film
                        Australia                entertainment.
           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly     As for the building renovated by Walter Burley Griffin, (with credit to
                                                 Marion Mahoney too), incomplete at the time of its destruction, the dearth
                    Editor: Ian Smith            of photos and no surviving plans, leaves a gap in our appreciation of their
                                                 talents. If there had been no fire, would the Griffins have continued with
                 CinemaRecord Artwork:
                                                 modernisation, even putting in a balcony?
             Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9419 4144
                           ★                        Out in the real world, the reprieve for another (East) St Kilda icon - the
                                                 Astor - was great news. And we acknowledge the contribution of Roc
              The main aim of CATHS and this
           publication is to accurately document and  Kirby, founder of the Village Theatres empire.
           create an archive of the history of      You will notice that we have plugged holes in our news coverage.
           cinemas and theatres.                 Members Peter Jackson and Steve Maggs will file reports from WA and
              Input in the form of articles,     Qld. respectively.  –  Ian Smith
           constructive criticism, and substantiated
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and
           necessary to enable us to reach our          NOW SHOWING!
              Opinions expressed are those of the
           Editor or contributors, and unless
           expressly stated so, are not necessarily  4   Letters and Newsreel
           those of the Cinema And Theatre
                                                 8    Theatre of the Middle Ages - Cameron Hall
           Historical Society Inc.
                                                      The religious and profane battle for centre stage
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord
           should not be reproduced without the  12   CATHS Tour Part Two - Ross King
                                                      Projectors in the South West
           permission of the author or the editor.
                                                 16   Palais Pictures, St Kilda - Ian Hanson
              All photos are from the collection of
           the person or organisation stated. Every   The early years 1912-1926
           effort has been made to trace the     21   Sputnik Helps Hoyts - Rod Cook
           ownership of copyright. In the event of    A world event turns into timely advertising
           any questions arising as to the use of any  22  Swanpool Cinema - Alice Stratton
           material, the author and publisher will be  An ‘indie’ and its community observed
           happy to make the necessary corrections  25  Yackandandah Cinema - Grahame Hutchings
           in future printings.                       Bringing movies back to another small town
              Contributions and suggestions for
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please  27  Woodstock Hall Projectors - Wayne Hammond
           contact the Editor if you are planning     A ‘discovery’ starts a project
           to write an article for the magazine.  28  Bass Hill Drive-in - Phil Mathews
           We may be able to assist you with          An affectionate tribute
           information, contacts, etc and it will help  32  Book Review: Life in the Operating Box
           us with forward planning.                  A projectionist's view of the Empire Toowoomba
                    Contact: Ian Smith             Images in this publication are from CATHS Archive unless credited to another source.
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)
               Email:      Cover: Walter Burley Griffin’s new frontage for the Palais Pictures, St Kilda, a
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,      photo taken in February 1926, was dressing up a building from 1920. The program
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204      reveals that the picture was taken within six days of the disastrous fire.
                                                 Image: Ian Hanson.
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