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From the Editor....

                                                    Three very different main stories make up the heart of this issue.
                                                    David Lascelle's detailed story on the Regent Auckland, highlights how lucky
                                                 a theatre architect could be if his first work was so well received that it gave him
                                                 the standing to be entrusted with a sequence of similar designs, a wonderful
                                                 chance for practice to make perfect. In this case I refer to Cedric Ballantyne and
                                                 his signature-style, the ‘double proscenium’.
                                                    Peter Wolfenden also offers meticulously researched histories, and in this case
                                                 it is the story of projector manufacturer David Garvie, a name remembered only
                                                 by projector specialists. Yet Garvie’s prowess built a business that extended
           The official journal of the Cinema And  beyond South Australia, and was later expanded by a former apprentice. This
               Theatre Historical Society Inc.   insight into early cinema history is in two parts.
                        Australia                   In his occasional series on the development of theatre in the western tradition,
           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly  Cameron Hall discusses the influence of the Italian Renaissance on drama and
                                                the rise of indoor theatres. Stage-craft had evolved to offer spectacle worthy of
                    Editor: Ian Smith            our era, if only for the richest people, but as for content, that is another issue.
                                                Cameron explains this seeming paradox in a culture hungry to revive the best of
                 CinemaRecord Artwork:           ancient Rome.
             Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9419 4144    Two anniversaries are imminent, and CATHS is in celebration mode. First, the
                                                centenary of Hoyts, a name synonymous with cinema, warrants attention. There
              The main aim of CATHS and this     will be a special (extra) edition of CinemaRecord. Although it will cover the one
           publication is to accurately document and  hundred years, the emphasis will be on the man who coined the name Hoyts, the
           create an archive of the history of   almost forgotten Dr Arthur Russell.
           cinemas and theatres.
                                                    Of equal importance to our readers, CATHS will celebrate its 20th
              Input in the form of articles,     anniversary later this year. The next (regular) issue will include some of that
           constructive criticism, and substantiated
                                                 history. - Ian Smith
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and
           necessary to enable us to reach our
              Opinions expressed are those of the       NOW SHOWING!
           Editor or contributors, and unless
           expressly stated so, are not necessarily
           those of the Cinema And Theatre
           Historical Society Inc.               4    Letters
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord   6    Newsreel
           should not be reproduced without the
           permission of the author or the editor.  8  CATHS Visits Myrtleford - Mike Trickett
              All photos are from the collection of   Films and fellowship in north-east Victoria.
           the person or organisation stated. Every
           effort has been made to trace the     10   In Pursuit Of Excellence
           ownership of copyright. In the event of    Part One: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
           any questions arising as to the use of any
           material, the author and publisher will be  12  Regent Auckland - David Lascelles
           happy to make the necessary corrections    Marble and magic in New Zealand's second main Regent.
           in future printings.
                                                 20   Projector Pioneers of South Australia - Peter Wolfenden
              Contributions and suggestions for
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please      Part One: David Garvie shows his mettle.
           contact the Editor if you are planning
                                                 26   Theatre of the Italian Renaissance  - Cameron Hall
           to write an article for the magazine.
           We may be able to assist you with          Extravagant stage effects become possible.
           information, contacts, etc and it will help  31  Wide-Eyed In the West End - Ian Smith
           us with forward planning.
                                                      London stage as vibrant as ever.

                    Contact: Ian Smith
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)        Images in this publication are from CATHS Archive unless credited to another source.
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,      Cover: Stage of the Regent Auckland, a setting instantly recognizable as the
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204      work of Cedric Ballantyne.

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