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ADELAIDE: The Dunstan                                              NEW ZEALAND
          Playhouse will again be closed over
          the summer until March to enable                                        CHRISTCHURCH: The recent
          upgrade for disability access                                        earthquake put all cinemas and theatres
                                                                               temporarily out of action. However the
            ADELAIDE: The 2011 Fringe
                                                                               old Odeon, Theatre Royal and
          Festival from 18th February to 6th
                                                                               Majestic Centre escaped any damage.
          March, will again use the former Hoyts
                                                                               The Regent at Rangoira had minor
          Twin in Arcade Lane.
                                                                               damage and the council-owned building
            NORTH ADELAIDE: Funds for
                                                                               will be closed for two months. The old
          restoration of some heritage features at
                                               BUSSELLTON: The 50th birthday   (1917) Harbour Light Theatre in
          the Piccadilly Cinemas added a nice
                                            of the Busselton Drive-In Theatre was  Lyttelton had its distinctive twin towers
          touch to help celebrate the theatres 70th
                                            celebrated on Friday December 3rd  damaged, but these are repairable.
          birthday. (Report in this issue)
                                            with a night of nostalgia. Live       WELLINGTON: The city’s oldest
                                            entertainment in the theatre grounds  open cinema, the (1917) Paramount,
                                            preceded the screening of two iconic  has had a new platter and Kineton
            PERTH: The fate of Perth’s first  Australian films Picture Show Man and  projector installed. This replaces the
          cinema complex, the former        The Man from Snowy River.          two Cinemeccanica Victoria 8s with
          CineCentre in the Murray Street, is  PERTH: The Perth Entertainment  6000ft spools installed in 1990.
          now in question. Since Greater Union  Centre which opened in 1974 and has
          exited the three-screen site, the building  been closed since 2002, will finally be
          has been used by a bridal store who are  demolished in 2011. A land swap
          relocating.                       agreement between the State
                                            Government and Kerry Stokes Group
                                            will enable the City Rail Line and Bus
                                            Station to be relocated underground.
                                               MARGARET RIVER: Movies
                                            returned to this popular holiday
                                            destination with the December 18
                                            opening of a new outdoor venue —
                                            Movies in the Vineyard at the Cape    AKAROA: The long-disused
                                            Mentelle Winery. Luna Palace Cinemas  35mm projection equipment from the
                                            and American Express are presenting a  Gaiety Theatre has been removed and
            COMO: Plans are afoot for the   season of films throughout the summer  transported to the Regent Theatre in
          historic Cygnet Cinema to be      period using digital projection and a  Rangoira. Here it will be put to good
          refurbished and expanded to five  specially constructed outdoor screen.  use in the small Cinema 2 auditorium
          screens, with an outdoor cinema,
                                                                               which is currently being restored.
          restaurants and shops added under new
                                                                                  TOKOROA: Cinema 3 has been
          $20 million plans for the landmark.
                                                                               sold by the South Waikato Council to
          Concept plans for the heritage-listed
                                                                               Mr Eddie Donnithorne of Matamata.
          cinema have been drawn up by
                                                                               He will operate the business through
          architect Bill Hames for the Stiles
                                                                               South Waikato Cinemas Ltd and
          family who built the art-deco theatre in
                                                                               officially took over in mid-September.
                                                                                  DEVONPORT: As reported in
                                                                               CR#67, the (1912) Victoria Theatre
                                                                               came to life again as a cinema on
                                                                               schedule on October 26. Its three new
                                            NATIONAL                           auditoriums are the: The Victoria (180
                                                                               seats); Albert (116) and Benwell (44).
                                               Amalgamated Holdings Ltd has
                                                                                  TE AWAMUTU: Keeping up with
                                            booked a profit of $60.6 million on the
                                                                               new technology, the Regent 5 Cinemas
                                            sale of its 49% share of its cinemas in
                                                                               has now had a Super-Screen and new
            NORTHBRIDGE: Perth’s new        the United Arab Emirates.
                                                                               sound system installed by progressive
          State Theatre Centre could exceed    After over two years of discussion,  owner Alan Webb.
          $100 million before it opens to the public  AMC Cinemas sold five cinemas (44
          — nearly double its original budget.  screens) to Hoyts in October. This gives  Newsreel Contributors:
            The complex includes the main   Hoyts control of AMC locations at  With thanks to: Aaron Stroop. Mike
          575-seat Heath Ledger Theatre and a  Frankston (Vic), Stafford, Sunnybank  Trickett, Brian Hunt, Crosley Carpenter,
          200-seat Studio. It is due to open with a  and Redcliffe (Qld) as well as Tweed  Kevin Adams, David Lascelles, Roderick
          Civic Ceremony on January 27, 2011  Heads (NSW). This gives Hoyts 25%  Smith and many others for news and pics.
          followed by a show on January 29 and  of the Australian market, and they are  *Send your NEWS snippets to the Editor at:
          a public open day on January 30.  expected to have a public float in 2011.

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