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Reading Chirnside Park opens                                         New Echuca Paramount 4
          Reading’s new eight cinema complex  •                            •   The former Echuca Paramount Twin in
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          at Chirnside Park opened on Thursday  •• NEWSREEL                ••  Hare Street is now closed and has been
          June 7.                           ••  CINEMA, THEATRE &          •   replaced by a new Art Deco style, four
            All eight cinemas feature FIRST  •                             ••  screen multiplex in High Street.
          CLASS™ wall to wall screens, Dolby  ••                           •      The new cinemas opened on 19
          digital sound and high backed, arm-  •  SHOWBUSINESS NEWS ••         March 2001. Seating capacities of the
          chair stadium seating.  The complex  •  Edited by Martin Powell •    new auditoriums are 169, 103, 102, and
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          also introduces Regency Cinelounge,                                  393.  The building houses three dedi-
          which offers patrons a fully licensed  Waverley Cinema email         cated cinemas, and a fourth auditorium
          club style environment with custom  subscribers now over 10,000      which doubles as a performing arts
          made Moran armchair seating and a  The Waverley Cinema Pinewood have  centre and cinema.
          choice of refreshments before or after a  recently announced that subscribers to  The complex is fitted with Kinoton
          film. Cinema One seats 422 in the main  their email newsletter have reached the  30E projectors, Cinemeccanica platters,
          section, plus 35 seats in the Regency  10,400 mark.  The Waverley was one of  Dolby cp650 6 channel digital proces-
          Cinelounge. The total seating capacity  the very first cinemas in Melbourne to  sors, Camatic Odeon seats, and Klipsch
          of Chirnside Park is 1768. The seven  set up a website and have actively used  Speakers with the main cinema fitted
          other cinemas in the complex range  email for marketing.             with Klipsch 3 way speakers.
          from 327 to 112 seats.      This is the third Paramount Theatre
                                                                               in Echuca. The original Paramount
                                            50th Melbourne International       (which no longer exists — before the
                                             Film Festival Opening at Regent   Twin in Hare St.) had almost 800 seats.
                                             The 50th Melbourne International Film
                                             Festival will celebrate its Opening
                                             Night in style on July 18th at    New Theatre for Bendigo
                                              Melbourne's Regent Theatre and   The City of Greater Bendigo have
                                              Plaza Ballroom — a venue befitting  announced an exciting master plan for
                                              the prestige, reputation and glamour  the future development of the Capital
                                            of this milestone event.           Performing Arts Centre, which
                                               "The Regent Theatre has been syn-  includes construction of a new 950 seat
           Longford Cinema set to close     onymous with film in Melbourne from  state of the art performance theatre.
          After seventeen years as one of   the very beginning, so we are particu-  The new $12 million theatre will
          Melbourne’s best-known arthouse   larly excited to be the venue hosting  feature seating on two levels — stalls
          venues, the Longford Cinema in South  the Premiere Night for this 50th  and balcony, a large stage with a 10
          Yarra is about to close.          Anniversary celebration,” said Jason  metre proscenium arch, generous wing
            Executive director Natalie Miller  Marriner, General Manager, Marriner  and rear stage space, and full flying.
          told Newsreel that “the cinema will  Theatres.                          The architect for the project is the
          close sometime after the end of June.”  The Opening Night screening will  Melbourne-based firm Hassell, who
            Melbournians found out about the  be followed by the grand opening black  have designed the Adelaide Festival
          imminent closure of the cinema in an  tie party in the Plaza Ballroom.   Theatre and other significant theatres.
          article by Lawrie Zion on page 3 of  For further information phone MIFF on
          Saturday’s Age on 31 May (above).  03 9417 2011.                         NEWSREEL continues on page 19
            Now competing with eighteen other
          screens in South Yarra (Como 3 and  John Cain at CATHS meeting
          Jam Factory 15) the Longford is unable  The April CATHS meeting saw a record
          to get prints of first-release films such  attendance of members and visitors to
          as Moulin Rouge.                   hear former Victorian Premier John
                                             Cain talk about his book On With The
          Community campaign to buy the      Show —  the stories of five key players
          Castlemaine Theatre Royal          in Australia's entertainment industry.
          Passed in at a March auction, the local  Mr Cain's address focussed on the
          community is rallying to keep the  career of Roc Kirby and how his family
          Castlemaine Royal going. A public  made their start in the movie exhibition
          meeting was attended by 280 people to  business. Roc Kirby — who is now in
          explore various options for the theatre.  his eighties — is the founder of Village
            If you would like to register your  Cinemas and Village Roadshow.
          interest, or can offer any assistance,  After his talk, Mr Cain signed copies  CATHS President Gerry Kennedy
          skills or advice to the Theatre Royal  of his book for an enthusiastic audience.  presents John Cain with a Certificate
          Project please contact Sue Turner on                                  of appreciation, acknowledging his
          03 5472 1015.  More information at  • See the Reviews section on page 31   significant contribution to the
             for further information about      recording of Australia's showbusi-
                                             On With The Show.                  ness history. Photo: Mike Trickett.

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