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CINEMA AND                   From the Editor....
                                                    Sometimes serendipity lets the contributions for CinemaRecord fall into place.
                        C A  T  H S              The wonderful streetscape opposite is an exclusive to this magazine, thanks to Ian
                                                 Williams.  The public photo collections have no comparable image that captures
                HISTORICAL                SOCIETY  this period in Melbourne’s cinema history. The technical quality of the picture
                        VICTORIA  INC.
                                                 (possibly taken with a Box Brownie) was not ideal for reproduction, but our
                                                 Secretary Mike Trickett helped out with a bit of enhancement, another case of a
                                                 CATHS-V member delivering the goods at the right moment. It complements Frank
                                                 van Straten’s profile on Cedric Ballantyne, the architect who did so much to
                                                 change that particular section of Collins Street.
           The official journal of the Cinema And
                                                    An example of a story providing a lead for a future issue is Ray Ryan’s account
           Theatre Historical Society Victoria Inc.
                                                 of his memories of the Armadale theatre. It’s not a building that at first glance
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                            ★                    suggests an interesting history, but as the story shows, it takes first hand
                                                 knowledge to bring these venues alive. That’s also a prompt to readers to fill in the
                      Editor: Ian Smith
                            ★                    gaps on other theatres with personal recollections or a detailed history.
                                                    Cameron Hall’s write up on the Surrey Surrey Hills, based on research left
                  CinemaRecord Artwork:
                                                 languishing until retrieved by Henry Jamieson, is an example of a collective effort
              Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9419 4144
                                                 to get a story into print. Again the timing is right. Last issue touched on the
                                                 Victoria Theatres/Consolidated Theatres group and their later involvement with the
              The main aim of CATHS and this
                                                 Surrey makes a good fit.
           publication is to accurately document and
                                                    Ken Newell on the Argosy Murrumbeena adds to a history by Ken Tulloch
           create an archive of the history of
                                                 printed many issues back. A story may have run once but time and a new slant can
           cinemas and theatres in Victoria.
                                                 warrant a re-appraisal of any theatre. Ken’s almost photographic recall confirms
              Input in the form of articles,
           constructive criticism, and substantiated  my view – if you want to know something in detail, ask a former projectionist.
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and  I had promised to give the answers to Which Theatre Is This but have held it
           necessary to enable us to reach our   over because there are still gaps. The Archivist’s role in identification is not easy.
           objective.                            – Ian Smith
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           Editor or contributors, and unless
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           should not be reproduced without the  4    Letters
           permission of the author or the editor.
              All photos are from the collection of  6  Newsreel
           the person or organisation stated. Every
           effort has been made to trace the     9    CATHS-V visits Her Majestys
           ownership of copyright. In the event of
           any questions arising as to the use of any  10  The Armadale Picture Theatre - Ray Ryan
           material, the author and publisher will be
           happy to make the necessary corrections  14  Cedric Ballantyne: Palaces To Order - Frank van Straten
           in future printings.
              Contributions and suggestions for
                                                 20   Surrey, Surrey Hills - Cameron Hall
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please
           contact the Editor if you are planning
                                                 24   Argosy Murrumbeena - Ken Newell
           to write an article for the magazine.
           We may be able to assist you with
                                                 29  The Day I Stared in a Show - Noel Kerr
           information, contacts, etc and it will help
           us with forward planning.
                                                 30   A Night At The Rex
                     Contact: Ian Smith          32   Marvellous Memories
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)
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