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The school administration sees the  Purchased by the Shire of Yarra
            NEWSREEL                    •   potential to house a mix of educational  Ranges in 2004, a heritage grant,
          •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • • •
                                            and entertainment options close to their
                                                                               Regional Development Victoria,
                                            main campus.                       Bendigo Bank and public support
             CINEMA, THEATRE &
                                            Problems Involving The Palais      funded a refurb. costing more than
                                               Community group Unchain St Kilda
          • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• •  has suggested a way to scale back the  Integration of the building with the
                                                                               adjacent Arts Centre brings space for a
          QUEENSLAND                        size of the proposed shopping complex  cinema, concerts, plays, and
          Victoria Point Cineplex           west of the theatre, which has so
                                            enraged St Kilda residents. According  exhibitions.
            Exploring the colours, fabrics and
                                            to USK its a mega development      TASMANIA
          décor of each of the nine-screen
                                            because the rents will fund the
          auditoria in this new complex at                                        The 108-year old Alicia Hall,
                                            promised restoration of the theatre.
          Redlands is said to be almost as much                                Beaconsfield, venue for hypnotists,
          fun as seeing a movie. Among the     Now some heavy-hitter rock stars  tightrope walkers, lantern presentations
          differences, Cinema 3 has the State’s  and actor Rachel Griffiths have pledged  and films, is to be restored as a fully
          biggest screen - 25.5m.wide.      some large amounts for the theatre  operational theatre.
            Southern visitors are surprised by                                 SOUTH AUSTRALIA
          the maximum ticket price of $9.50.   USK is promoting similar community  Redevelopment at Glenelg
          Company policy is to cater for the  largesse as a way to reduce the cost of the  A major facelift planned for Jetty
          many retirees in the district. Seniors  restoration, which might give the  Road Glenelg is likely to see an
          pay $5.70, even on Saturday night!  developer pause to scale back a bit.   upgrade to the Wallis Cinemas.
                                            Stop Press.
          Seat Allocations                                                     Exactly what that means in the case of
                                               Legal protest action has failed.  the cinemas is unclear.
            Birch Carroll and Coyle has
                                            Council voted at its Feb. 8 meeting to
          imposed allocated seating at their                                   Another Drive-In to Close
                                            support the developer’s plan.
          cinemas including Garden City, the                                      Barmera’s drive-in on the Murray
          Myer Centre, Chermside and        Another Closure                    River will close soon. According to
          Indooroopilly. At these locations,   Village Waverly Gardens closed  their web-site, an application has been
          picking a seat based on distance from  Monday 28 January.            lodged to sub-divide the land.
          the screen or how tall the people are in  The Sea and the Shore      Upgrade For The Queens
          front of you is a choice denied.
                                               The former workshop associated     Mainland Australia’s oldest
            The company calls it ‘world’s best
                                            with the Works Pier at Williamstown  purpose-built theatre -  the Queens in
          practice’ but newspaper and web-based
                                            (Vic.) is to become a maritime     Gilles Arcade, Adelaide - is open again
          comment sees it as un-Australian.
                                            museum. The theatrette will be named  after a major upgrade. Over 167 years
          NEW SOUTH WALES                   the Shore, reviving memories of Hoyts  the venue has also been a law court,
          Bass Hill Closes                  Shore nearby.                      city mission, horse bazaar, factory and
            Greater Union’s Bass Hill drive-in                                 showroom. It is now administered by
          closed on Wednesday 31 October 2007.                                 the History Trust of S.A.
          It is to be a residential development                                WESTERN AUSTRALIA
          with 104 villa-style homes. Bass Hill                                Plenty Of People, But Few Seats
          was one of the first four drive-ins built
                                                                                  Perth may be enjoying an economic
          in Sydney. For an Appreciation, see
                                                                               boom and rapid population growth, but
          page 28.
                                                                               it is not reflected in the cinema scene.
          VICTORIA                                                             These days there is only one place to
          Reprieve For The Astor                                               go if you want to see a movie in Perth’s
            For many readers it is the important                               CBD.
          news of the last three months, but the                                  After Hoyts closed their Cinema
          sympathetic purchase of the Astor East                               City four-screen complex in Hay Street
          St Kilda has been so widely reported,                                at the end of last year, only the Art
          that another paragraph risks the charge  Warburton Mechanics Institute:  Deco Piccadilly was left showing
          of dishing up stale news. We take that  110 Years                    movies - as it has since 1938.
          risk:                                                                   The former Cinema City, (1980), is
                                               A birthday bash on Friday 26
            St Michael’s Grammar School                                        part of a redevelopment which will
                                            October 2007 celebrated a major
          purchased the Astor at auction on 6                                  feature a 29-level tower with 183
                                            renewal. Once known as the
          December 2007. Astor boss George                                     apartments.
                                            Warburton Moviehouse, it is now
          Florence has publicly stated his
                                            referred to as the Mecca Theatre.     The closure came almost two years
          optimism about the outcome. The                                      after central Perth’s other complex,
                                               The building had been mainly
          existing lease has a few years to run, so                            Greater Union’s three-screen
                                            shuttered since 1992 due to its
          the theatre will continue its eclectic and                           Cinecentre, turned off its projectors.
                                            dilapidated condition.
          insightful screening policy.
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