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          More Than Super Slides                                           ••
            The Brenkert effects machine in the  •                         •
          projection room of the Regent Collins  ••  CINEMA, THEATRE &     ••
          Street (CinemaRecord 39, back page)  ••                          •
          was also known as a Brenograph.    • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• •
                                               SHOWBUSINESS NEWS •
          According to the company it was a
          machine to ‘project everything except  Best of the Barkly.
          the motion picture.’An array of lenses,  Heritage Victoria and Maribyrnong
          irises and carriages, the Brenograph  City Council have approved the re-
          could simulate rain, snow, fire, clouds,  development of the Barkly theatre
          falling leaves, flowing water and lots  Footscray. The façade is to be restored
          more as stage effects. The Capitol and  and decorative elements of the balcony
          the Palais also had one.          area retained in the new interior. The
          Don Kennedy, South Melbourne      plan is for 32 apartments in the main
          (This was one of several          building and a seven-storey apartment
          communications about a fascinating  tower at the rear. The re-development
          machine. Another reader said that it  has a local touch; the partners in
          was American, not German. This topic  George Grant Pty Ltd, the company
          will be re-visited. – Ed.)        that owns the building, are Western
                                            Bulldogs’ captain Chris Grant and
          Happy Memories                    former Australian ice hockey champion
            The articles about the Lawrence  Emmanuel George.
          brothers inspired my father Ern Bruhn  Cinema for St Arnaud          Cinema at Avoca and Dunolly
          to reflect on the time spent with his                                   From her base at the Star
                                               Films will return to St Arnaud
          brothers-in-law in the film business.                                Eaglehawk Joan Rodger has started a
                                            (population 3000) in December. The
            It has given our family a lot of                                   matinee and a night screening using
                                            venue is McDonald Hall, an attractive
          pleasure to read the stories, because we                             portable digital projection at the Avoca
                                            single-level annexe in the Local
          have had the opportunity to share again                              and Dunolly Town Halls. One of the
                                            Government buildings. Project Officer
          the memories of times we all enjoyed.                                two venues is visited each month.
                                            for the Community Capacity Initiative
            It is my father’s hope that you also                               Planned in association with the
                                            Liz Reynolds said that stage one
          find his perspective interesting.                                    Community Health Service, the
                                            involves the construction of a
          Lynda Hickling, Wonga Park        projection room, a search for suitable  matinee audience includes elderly
                                                                               citizens bussed in for the film.
          (Lynda Hickling and Pauline Gaunt are  seating (80 seats proposed) and a
          sisters and the nieces of Jim and Alf  versatile sound system for what will be  (The CATHS visit to the Andersons
          Lawrence. For their father’s comment  a multi- purpose venue. Atlab Image  Cinemas at Victoria Gardens will be in
          see page 22)                      and Sound Technology have quoted on  the next issue.)
                                            installation of new Chinese projectors.

                 The Cinema And Theatre Historical Society Victoria is proud to have
               The Sun Theatre Yarraville as our major sponsor. Many thanks to member
             Mr Michael Smith, the owner of the Sun Theatre, for providing the venue for
                                          CATHS meetings and events.

             The Sun Theatre is the home of The Sun Film Society and MGS Infa Set.This unique cinema
                offers comforts for all to enjoy in delightful art deco surroundings and is available for hire.
               In conjunction with the Sun Film Society, the Sun Theatre offers you a wide selection of films.
               For program and venue hire inquiries, contact Theatre Manager Ms PinaVirtuoso
                     on Tel: 9362 0999   ◆  Fax: 9362 0338  Website:

                                                                   8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville 3013

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