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                                                   am  writing  in  regards  to  Jim  White’s
                  HISTORICAL       SOCIETY       I article  in  CR#73  about  the  Hoyts  signs
                        ESTABLISHED 1989         that were attached to the façade of the former
                                                 Victory Theatre in St.Kilda.
                       ABN 37 195 378 179        He states that the sign on the Carlisle Street   ST.KILDA SIGNS
                        Reg A0020747R            side of the cinema was removed in the early   1980 Photograph by Peter Woolnough.
                                                 1970s,  however  this  is  incorrect  as  l  have
                 The aims of CATHS are: to record the  a photo of the theatre taken in 1980 which
                 history of cinemas and theatres, and to  clearly shows both signs still in place.  Those Hoyts signs at the St.Kilda Victory made
                 promote interest in theatre heritage and  I  believe  that  the  Carlisle  Street  sign  was   it easy to locate when one approached in the
                  architecture, and other related areas.  removed in the mid to late 1980s.  tram from either direction- but what a job for
                           Patrons:                                                 the projectionists to replace all those light bulbs
                      Frank Van Straten OAM                                         – possibly via a very high ladder!
                        Peter Smith OAM          Also,  l  believe  that  the  St.Kilda  Victory,         Best Regards,
                          Committee:             along with the Victory at Malvern were to be            William Gray.
                President: Gerry Kennedy 0432 434 169  part of a chain of suburban Victory Theatres   North Parramatta. NSW.
                 Vice President: Ross King 9370 9479  that were never built! Does anyone know if
                  Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986  plans  for  other  cinemas  were  submitted  or   reat to see the article about the St.Kilda
                 Treasurer: Rodney Bendix 9563 2927  why the chain never proceeded?  GVictory (National)  Theatre  signage
               Editor/Committee: Kevin Adams 0409 946 066                           in  CinemaRecord  issue  73.  One  correction
                Committee: Shane Moore, Royce Harris                 Yours Sincerely,  and an update if I may…
                                 H                                 Peter Woolnough.
                  Qld. Convenor / Publicity Officer:                    Kyogle. NSW  The  Carlisle  Street  Hoyts  sign  was  not
                     Steve Maggs 0413 805 320                                       removed in the early seventies. Like its twin
                                 H                   hank you for CinemaRecord #73 – yet   on  Barkly  Street  it  was  converted  to  read
                Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 0432 434 169  Tanother good issue! You have covered   National Theatre as part of the conversion
                      Events Co-ordinator:       a good number of theatre happenings in your   of the building in 1972-74. Its fate was a little
                       Les Auld 9689 2765        Newsreel  section  and  the  use  of  pictures   more  dramatic  in  that  it  was  bought  down
                       Publications Sales:       gives one a clear picture of the situations.  during a ferocious storm in the late 1980s.
                    James Barrand 0418 520 315                                      We'd love to replace it and fix up its twin,
                      Membership Secretaries:    Interesting to read of a rooftop cinema over   but this is not happening in the near future!
                      Jim & Maureen Barrand
                   PO Box 476 Bentleigh Vic. 3204  in Western Australia-  there  was  an  item  in   The  remaining  lit  sign  (front  face  of  the
                      CinemaRecord Editor:       our  local  (Sydney)  paper  about  someone   awning  on  the  corner)  was  constantly  hit
                         Kevin Adams             who had the idea to have a similar venue on   by  trucks  &  replaced  with  a  light  box  on
               the roof of the building which once housed   top of the awning about the same time. The
                        CATHS website:           the  business  of  Paramount  Pictures  (Later   "Tonight"  sign  was  relocated.  Sadly  the
                       known as C.I.C.) Whether this will happen   "Tonight" sign was destroyed and the light
                        Postal address:          is yet to be seen.                 box badly damaged a few months ago during
                    PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.                                     the last of the big storms in February. The
                                                 I was very impressed with the wonderful photos   "Tonight"  sign  was  last  seen  heading  east
                                                 and the manner in which you handled my article   towards the Town Hall!
                Annual membership subscription is $45,  on the Auburn Civic.  Every one of the theatres       Regards
                (overseas subscribers $50) and members   covered in CR#73 were excellent!                Robert Taylor
                receive four copies of CinemaRecord,                                                     National Theatre
                notification of events, and copies of the
                agenda and minutes of all meetings.
                There is no joining fee.           NEWSREEL                                         CINEMA AND
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                Archive                          TASMANIA
                The Archive is located in the Prahran
                Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street  HOBART: Awaiting redevelopment into a
                Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will  12-storey office and retail tower, owners of
                be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm  the  closed  Odeon Theatre  (1916  Strand)
                on the Saturday before each meeting  will  allowed  use  of  the  1100-seat  theatre
                (see above), and at other times by  as  a  venue  for  the  annual  10-day  Festival
                appointment with the archivist.  of  Voices  season  in  mid-July.  It  is  hoped
                Publications                     that  continued  use  will  be  allowed  until
                Back issues of CinemaRecord, other
                publications, CDs and videos are  redevelopment occurs – which will see only
                available at meetings. Items are also  the façade retained.
                available by mail. Please contact James
                Barrand on 0418 520 315 for details.  HOBART: The Village Cinema Complex   Somthing to Share? Letters, Feedback
                                                 in Collins Street has now fully converted to   & News. Your contributions will be most
                                                 digital projection for its seven screens. Other   welcome and much appreciated!
                                                 Village locations in Tasmania are to follow.  Email:

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