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From the Editor....

                                                    Childhood memories of films are indelibly linked to the theatres in which they

                                                 were seen. Alan Windley recalls that King Kong was the first film he saw at the
                                                 Eclipse Port Melbourne, an auspicious introduction to the theatre. Noel Kerr’s
                                                 history of  the Eclipse, reinforces how memories bring the facts to life when an
                                                 author is lucky enough to find a family for whom the local picture theatre meant
                                                 so much.

           The official journal of the Cinema And   Through the Porthole is a new series intended to anchor stories around the life
               Theatre Historical Society Inc.
                                                 and tribulations of projectionists, the unsung heroes of illusion. Peter Ricketts, who
           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly
                            ★                    has lived theatres all his life, will share his stories.
                      Editor: Ian Smith             Even the most passionate memories seldom achieve an outcome like the result
                                                 of John Thiele’s decision to build a Regent worthy of the name at his home in
                  CinemaRecord Artwork:
                                                 Balmoral Road in suburban Adelaide. In an exclusive story for CinemaRecord,
              Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9419 4144
                            ★                    John explains his labour of love – Ian Smith
              The main aim of CATHS and this
           publication is to accurately document and
           create an archive of the history of          NOW SHOWING!
           cinemas and theatres.
              Input in the form of articles,
           constructive criticism, and substantiated
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and  4  Letters
           necessary to enable us to reach our
                                                 5    Newsreel
                                                 9    Oral History - Jim White
              Opinions expressed are those of the
           Editor or contributors, and unless    10   The Fuller Influence - Bernie Halperin
           expressly stated so, are not necessarily  13  Cinerama at the Plaza - Ian Williams
           those of the Cinema And Theatre
           Historical Society Inc.               14   The Eclipse, Port Melbourne - Noel Kerr
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord   20   Through The Porthole - Peter Ricketts
           should not be reproduced without the
                                                 22   The Balmoral Regent - John Thiele
           permission of the author or the editor.
              All photos are from the collection of
           the person or organisation stated. Every
           effort has been made to trace the
           ownership of copyright. In the event of
           any questions arising as to the use of any
           material, the author and publisher will be
           happy to make the necessary corrections
           in future printings.
              Contributions and suggestions for
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please
           contact the Editor if you are planning
           to write an article for the magazine.
           We may be able to assist you with
                                                 26   CATHS Visits Kino and Hoyts  - Cameron Hall
           information, contacts, etc and it will help
           us with forward planning.             28   Postcards from Tasmania - Ross King and Fred Page
                            ★                    30   Book Review: Picture Palaces of Melbourne
                     Contact: Ian Smith
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)        Images in this publication are from CATHS Archive unless credited to another source.
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,      Cover: The Eclipse Port Melbourne after renovation of the stage area in 1938.
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204      See story page 14.

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