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Letter to the Editor                               from  9.5 F all- EastMalvem

            I was intrigued to read Roger Seccombe's wonderful and infonnative article "The Cinema At Home" in the May issue of
            CinemaRecord. Roger is correct in the facts surrounding the 9.5mm  libraries in  the 1950's in Melbourne. The last 9.5
            library of any significance was on  the ground  floor of Foy and Gibson's store on  the corner of Bourke and Swanston
            Streets. The manager of the library was Doug Jones.

            However 9.5 was alive and well at Home Cinemas in  the Century Building in Swanston Street Melbourne until  the end
            of 1954. The business  was  then  run  by father and  son,  Bett and  Gordon  Peters.  Home  Cinemas  was  the Australian
            distributor for Pathe and Pathescope products in Australia, and Pathescope in  North Circular Road, London, re.leased a
            catalogue of their library films  in  1952, listing 780 silent and sound films.
            Home Cinemas in Melbourne did not carry all  those titles  in  their library,  but they had a good cross section of them,
            ranging from sound features  like "Land Without Music", starring famous tenor Richard Tauber and Scbnozzle Dw·ante,
            to the Leni Riefenstahl silent mountaineering classics.
            Other big name stars on  9.5 sound in Melbourne were Alan Ladd, James Mason and Laurel and Hardy.

            Home Cinemas library was so popular that the company employed a lady full time rewinding and checking library films
            which had  been hired the day before. Not bad for a gauge which was on the way out!

            Ultimately the 9.5 gauge died in Australia because it could not match the worldwide publicity machine and resources of
            Kodak. But those of us who used it regarded it quality-wise and price-wise by far the best "sub-standard" or "amateur"
            gauge available.

                  Letter To Noel Kerr                                      from. Arthur Knox

            I was pleased to read your very interesting literary effort on the Camegie Theatre in CinemaRecord. It brought back a lot
            of memories. There wasn't very much I could have added to it- Arthur Dittmar preferred to be called "Les",

            My most lasting memory was of the tiny rewind room (corner). In case you may be interested the equipment was Simplex
            projectors on R.C.A. sound heads, with a locally made amplifier system.

            In my day there the Community Singing once a week was very popular. The local shopkeepers donated vouchers, which
            kept the audience coming along. Congratulations on a well researched effort.

                  THE COOK-ALONG MOVIES AT THE PROM                                   by Noel Kerr

            Who remembers the outdoor movie theatre at Wilson's Promontory  in  Victoria? The vision of watching movies  there
            came to  mind the other day when a trip to Tidal  River was suggested.

            It must have been in  the mid 1950's when I last camped down there with a group of friends.  Facilities at the time were
            rather primitive, with no direct power to  the area. A generator was the only source.

            From  memory  the  theatre seats  were planks  nailed  to stumps set in  the  ground,  and  the  screen  was either stretched
            material on poles, or white painted timber. Can any readers fill  me in? I do remember the area being quite small, with
            seating probably for under 100.

            The evening we attended was so cold that I went back to our tent to get some blankets and a primus stove, together with
            cups, frying pan, eggs etc. etc.  We then proceeded to cook eggs and bacon on toas~ and have a nice cup of coffee.

            The smell and sound of the  primus must have prompted other members of the audience, as  a short time later cooking
            stoves sta1ted up all over the place. The atmosphere became very friendly, and when the film  bad finished a group was
            formed for a sing-along until the early hours of the morning. Even the projectionist came over for a cuppa.

            I somehow don't think we could do this at the new Multiplex theatres.
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