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                        THEATRE                                                Argosy and Other Theatres
                       C A  T  H S          Letters                               I was interested to read Ken

                 HISTORICAL                SOCIETY                             Newell’s article on the Argosy
                                                                               Murrumbeena (CinemaRecord 40).
                       VICTORIA  INC.
                                                                               From 1978 – 1990 I lived around the
                  ABN 37 195 378 179                                           corner from the cinema (then known as
                    Reg A0020747R
                                                                               the Capri) which to the best of my
           The aims of CATHS are: to record the  Spot the Icon.                recollection, continued to screen films
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  As well as the Paramount sign, the
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  west wall of the Auditorium  until the mid-eighties. The hall was
           architecture, and other related areas.                              then used for other community events
                                            (CinemaRecord 40, page 2)
                       Patrons:             displayed an early version         until demolished in 1988 to make way
           Frank Van Straten OAM  Peter Smith                                  for the Spurway Nursing Home.
           Elaine Marriner      Philip Brady  of the Skipping Girl, also          In Her Majesty’s Theatre (same
                                            known as Little Audrey.
                     Committee:                                                issue) I believe the original name was
                                            This one was probably a
           President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870                                  the Royal Alexandra in honour of the
                                            painted sign. The famous
           Vice President: Peter Wolfenden 9744 2570                           Princess of Wales (Alexandra of
                                            neon, close to its original
           Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986                                  Denmark.) The sale of J. C.
                                            position on Victoria Parade, is actually
           Treasurer: Barrie Wraith 9435 9785                                  Williamson’s more valuable property
                                            slightly smaller than the original.
                         ★                                                     The Theatre Royal in 1933, financed
                                            Ray Ryan, Mount Waverley
           Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870                                  the re-building of His Majestys.
           Central Victoria Co-ordinator:   Music Library at the Capitol          I would be interested to see photos
           Fred Page 5444 0428  (Bendigo)      I am researching the role of the  of the pre-1934 theatre as well as ones
           Gippsland Co-ordinator:          Music Director at The Capitol      of the Princess prior to its 1922
           Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  (Traralgon)                                refurbishment.
           Events Co-ordinator:             Melbourne. The Sheet Music Library at
           Brian Miller 9557 7446           this theatre was big enough and    Peter Woolnagh, Crabbes Creek NSW
           Film Buffs Group:                important enough to warrant a librarian.  (Sorry Peter, there are no photos of
           Mike Trickett 5278 1986          The Music Director would piece together
           Publications Sales:              theme music by selecting suitable music  those early interiors in the CATHS
           Garry Saunders 9812 7227                                            Archive nor can I suggest another
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  from the library, try it on piano with the  source for them. – Ed.)
       movie and then expand the music for all
           CinemaRecord Editor:             instruments in the orchestra. I believe  Free Films
           Ian Smith                        that the Palais Pictures St Kilda used an  This is an invitation to CATHS
            identical system.                  members who enjoy films from the
           CATHS website:
                     Do readers know more about this  forties - Bogart and Bacall, film noir
           Postal address:                  Music Library (or the Palais version)  and good westerns – to consider a free
           PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.      and the fate of the sheet music?   screening every Thursday. The venue is
                         ★                     My phone number is 9728 8443.   the Salvation Army Citadel Bourke
           Membership                       Mark Buys, Montrose                Street. The show starts at 1.30.
                                                                               Programs are often mentioned in Film
           Annual membership subscription is $35,
                                                                               Buffs Forecast in The Age, or ring me
           and members receive four copies of
                                                                               on 0415138 471.
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,
           and copies of the agenda and minutes                                John Poulianakis, St.Kilda
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.
           Overseas subscribers: Please contact
           CATHS Membership Secretary for rate.
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of
           February, April, June, August, October &
           The Archive is located in the Prahran
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will
           be open between 9.30am and 1pm on
           the Saturday before each meeting (see
           above), and at other times by
           appointment with the archivist.
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other
           publications, CDs and videos are
           available at meetings. Items are also
           available by mail. Please contact Garry
           Saunders on 9812 7227 for details.

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