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Letters                            Royal Treatment at the Regent
                                                                                  Well into the 1960s the Regent
                                                                               Albury (CR 64) continued a front-of-
                                                                               house tradition perhaps introduced 25
                       Australia                                               years earlier.
                  ABN 37 195 378 179                                              Lounge patrons were greeted at the
                    Reg A0020747R                                              top of the stairs by two hostesses (too
                                            Thanks From Albury
                                                                               well dressed to be called usherettes), in
           The aims of CATHS are: to record the  Thank you for issue 64. The cover  full-length evening gowns; your escorts
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  is magnificent - not to mention the ten
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  pages which record so well our Regent  to the auditorium.
           architecture, and other related areas.  theatre.                       At interval, the sight and sound of
                       Patrons:                I don’t know of any other such  the waterfall in its wonderland setting
                  Frank Van Straten OAM                                        was an entertainment in itself. Every
                    Peter Smith OAM         detailed research ever undertaken  visit to the Regent was a delight, even
                                            before, so this will be a terrific addition
                     Committee:                                                if each was tinged with apprehension.
            President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  to the archives at the Albury  Knowing the economies then in place
             Vice President: Ross King 9370 9479  Library/Museum.              in Melbourne’s cinemas, the thought
            Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986  It was wonderful scoop to have the
            Treasurer: Rodney Bendix 9563 2927  photo of the original stage - but I much  was, “How long can this continue?”
             Editor/Committee: Kevin Adams   prefer the replacement!              Another measure of the pride the
                      9465 6942                                                owners felt for their Regent can be
                Committee: Shane Moore         Tony Smith should smile at his  guessed at by the fact that three sets of
                         ★                  grandfather being referred to as “Pinot”  house curtains have hung there.
                    Qld. Convenor:          Smith. He was actually Pivot Smith,   The style, pattern or colour of the
               Steve Maggs 0413 805 320     named after the business he ran as Pivot
                         ★                  Jewellers.                         original curtain was not recorded in
                                                                               newspaper reports at the time of the
            Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  Helen Livsey
                  Events Co-ordinator:      Hon Research Officer               opening in 1927. After the change of
                  Les Auld 9689 2765        Albury and District Historical Society    ownership, and at the re-opening in 1937,
                   Film Buffs Group:                                           Albury’s newspaper described the new
                 Mike Trickett 5278 1986                                       stage curtain as ‘well blended shades of
                  Publications Sales:
               James Barrand 0418 520 315                                      gold and orange.’This curtain was later
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly                                replaced by the red one with gold tassles
              PO Box 476 Bentleigh Vic. 3204                                   shown on the cover of issue 64.
                 CinemaRecord Editor:                                             Compare this commitment to ‘only
                     Kevin Adams                                               the best’ with some Regents in
                    CATHS website:                                             Melbourne, where at least two of them
                                                     had the original curtains all their life.
                    Postal address:                                            Ian Smith, Bendigo
               PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.
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           (overseas subscribers $50) and    • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• •• •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• •• ••
           members receive four copies of
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,  VICTORIA                     Farewell RialtoVision
           and copies of the agenda and minutes  Kalorama to welcome the Movies   Thursday 31st of December 2009
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.   In the Dandenong Hills on  saw the closure of the RialtoVision
           Meetings                         Melbourne’s outskirts, the historic  theatrette, at Melbourne’s Rialto
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of                             skyscraper Tower. The 360 degree view
           February, April, June, August, October &  Kalorama Hall is finally buzzing with  observation deck had declined in
           November.                        activity again after a long battle to keep  popularity since the completion of the
                                            it open. Since closure in 2004, passionate
           Archive                                                             higher Eureka Tower at nearby
           The Archive is located in the Prahran  locals campaigned long and hard for it to  Southbank.
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street  be retained for community use.
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will  It finally reopened in April last year  Over the past fourteen years or so, a
           be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm  after extensive renovations inside and  visit to the Rialto Tower view included a
           on the Saturday before each meeting  out and is now set for some even bigger  spectacular widescreen film presentation
           (see above), and at other times by  changes.                        of some of Victoria’s premier tourist
           appointment with the archivist.                                     attractions. In recent years this
           Publications                        The committee is planning to show  presentation had been reduced to a
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other  regular movies on a big screen inside  DVD/digital presentation where the
           publications, CDs and videos are  the hall and with the closest cinemas in  visual impact of the extra wide screen
           available at meetings. Items are also  Belgrave, Ms Blencowe said  it would  was lost. When comparing the city views
           available by mail. Please contact James  be a convenient option.    of both the old and newer presentations,
           Barrand on 0418 520 315 for details.
                                                                               it is quite astonishing how Melbourne's
                                                                               skyline has altered in recent years.
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