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CINEMA AND                   From the Editor....
                                                    Bill Murdoch’s Keeping Tabs, a recollection of curtain movements in city
                        C A  T  H S              theatres and the light play across them, takes us back to a ritual now close to
                                                 extinction. Bill’s story is also likely to raise queries -  “I remember those curtains
                HISTORICAL                SOCIETY  as a different colour” - a reminder of the way curtain fashions and lighting
                        VICTORIA  INC.
                                                 schemes were changed down the years.
                                                    In Pennies for Heaven Roger Seccombe surveys entertainment mores from the
                                                 time of the first film images to now and touches on issues that I would like to see
                                                 readers follow-up with investigations of their own. There is always wallet
                                                 resistance to a rise in ticket prices, but after a century of film entertainment, have
           The official journal of the Cinema And
                                                 prices moved beyond the easy reach of the audience the whole thing was dreamed
                Theatre Historical Society.
                                                 up for? The answer may surprise.
           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly
                            ★                            Lawrence Bros. Pictures (Issue 39) mentioned many theatres, each worthy
                                                 of a follow-up story. Alf Lawrence was not always specific in his memoir. Brian
                      Editor: Ian Smith
                            ★                    Hunt has done a nice job on the Cheltenham Memorial Hall, but the Verne East
                                                 Malvern was elusive. Just in time for this edition, an e-mail arrived from Lynda
                  CinemaRecord Artwork:
                                                 Hickley enclosing her father’s memories of his time with Alf Lawrence. Here was a
              Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9419 4144
                                                 potential source of more information. I phoned Ern Bruhn about the Verne and
                                                 asked the big question, “What year did it open?” He had an idea but was not
              The main aim of CATHS and this
                                                 certain. A few minutes later Ern rang back. He had remembered that the opening
           publication is to accurately document and
                                                 night coincided with a family celebration and told me day, month and year. “And
           create an archive of the history of
                                                 what was the first program?” A chuckle was followed by, “Now you’re pushing too
           cinemas and theatres in Victoria.
                                                 hard.” Never mind. Thanks to Ern, that date is another exclusive for
              Input in the form of articles,
                                                 CinemaRecord. (See page 23) – Ian Smith
           constructive criticism, and substantiated
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and
           necessary to enable us to reach our
           objective.                                   NOW SHOWING!
              Opinions expressed are those of the
           Editor or contributors, and unless
           expressly stated so, are not necessarily
           those of the Cinema And Theatre
                                                 4    Letters
           Historical Society.
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord   5    Newsreel
           should not be reproduced without the
           permission of the author or the editor.  6  Keeping Tabs - Bill Murdoch
              All photos are from the collection of  10  Pennies For Heaven - Roger Seccombe
           the person or organisation stated. Every
           effort has been made to trace the     16   Apollo Glenferrie - Ian Smith
           ownership of copyright. In the event of
           any questions arising as to the use of any  18  Red Roses Tonight - Guy Morgan
           material, the author and publisher will be
           happy to make the necessary corrections  22  Lawrence Bros. Another Perspective - Ern Bruhn
           in future printings.
              Contributions and suggestions for  23  Verne East Malvern - Ian Smith
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please  24  Theatres of Cheltenham - Brian Hunt
           contact the Editor if you are planning
           to write an article for the magazine.  27  McLeod’s New Movie Palace - Reg Jones
           We may be able to assist you with
                                                 28   Marvellous Memories - Surrey Years - Roderick Smith
           information, contacts, etc and it will help
           us with forward planning.
                                                 29   Which Theatre Was That? - Some Answers
                     Contact: Ian Smith
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)        Images in this publication are from CATHS-V Archive unless credited to another source.
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,      Front Cover: The Regent Collins Street when curtains were a part of the show.
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204      Here the main curtain descends flattening the billows of inner satin. See
                                                 Keeping Tabs page 6. Image Source: The Fred Page Collection

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