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                  ABN 37 195 378 179
                    Reg A0020747R           Lady Projectionist at the
           The aims of CATHS are: to record the
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  Mention was made of the lady
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  projectionist at the Paragon,
           architecture, and other related areas.  Queenstown, Tas. (CinemaRecord 43).
                       Patrons:             I met her in 1969, along with her
           Frank Van Straten OAM  Peter Smith  husband, who managed the theatre for
           Elaine Marriner      Philip Brady
                                            Western Theatres which was part of the
                     Committee:             Star Theatre Group before the Star
           President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  circuit was taken-over by Tasmanian
           Vice President: Peter Wolfenden 9744 2570  Drive-In Theatre Holdings. The
           Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986  Paragon still operated under Western
           Treasurer: Barrie Wraith 9435 9785  Theatres until it closed in about 1981.
                         ★                     Bill and Lila Higgins came to
           Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  Queenstown ‘temporarily’ in the sixties,  Unlike Australians, the Filipinos are
           Central Victoria Co-ordinator:   and stayed on to manage the theatre  un-emotional about these closures,
           Fred Page 5444 0428  (Bendigo)   until 1973-74. Lila did most of the  accepting them with a shrug of the
           Gippsland Co-ordinator:          projection. I owe a lot to these lovely  shoulders.
           Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  (Traralgon)
           Events Co-ordinator:             people who taught me the projection   I remember these theatres as
           Brian Miller 9557 7446           trade while I was still at high school.  impressive, softly lit, well proportioned
           Film Buffs Group:                   When Lil decided to retire I took  and well managed Movie Houses. The
           Mike Trickett 5278 1986          over the projection at age 16, and  Zamboanga scene is generated by local
           Publications Sales:                                                 economic conditions and the
           Garry Saunders 9812 7227         obtained my projectionist’s licence at 17.
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  When Bill and Lila moved to Burnie,  willingness of the people to embrace the
       another person and myself took over  latest ideas all the time. (The cell phone
           CinemaRecord Editor:             running the Paragon. I left in 1975 to  is endemic - even the kids use them all
           Ian Smith                        work for Tas. Drive-in Theatre Holdings.  the time - the latest models too!)
                                                  Zamboanga has a large shopping
           CATHS website:                   I'm still in the industry here in Victoria,
                  having worked for Village and now with  mall with a six cinema complex called
           Postal address:                  Readings, and still in projection.  Mindpro (pronounced Meendpro). So
           PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.         Bill’s poor health was the main  this somewhat isolated city has not
                         ★                  reason they left the theatre and he died  escaped the world-wide trend. People
                                            soon after the move. Lil died a few  just "go to the Mall" for a social
                                            years later. I have fond memories of  occasion, rather than seek out
           Annual membership subscription is $35,
           and members receive four copies of  this couple.                    individual theatres, eating houses, and
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,  Stephen Jones, Geelong       shops.
           and copies of the agenda and minutes                                Don Kennedy, Zamboanga
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.  Manila Loses Its Big Theatres.   State Secrets
           Overseas subscribers: Please contact  This note is to let you know how
           CATHS Membership Secretary for rate.  Philippine cinemas have changed. In  When it closed in 1962, the State
           Meetings                         Manila, most of the mighty American-  was the last major building in
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of  type movie houses have been razed.  Melbourne to be powered by direct
           February, April, June, August, October &  The Avenue, State, Galaxy, and  current. (D.C.) Every piece of electrical
           November.                        Roxan have gone, replaced by       machinery there was designed for D.C.
           Archive                          multiplexes of 10-18 screens run in  Underneath the projection room were
           The Archive is located in the Prahran  much the same way as our own. The  two big alternators, (D.C. motors
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street  Odeon and Robern still operate, but in  driving alternating current generators)
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will  a sad, neglected state.       to supply AC current to the amplifiers
           be open between 9.30am and 1pm on   Here in Zamboanga, a city about the  and projector motors and any other
           the Saturday before each meeting (see                               equipment that would not operate on
                                            size of Newcastle, six major movie-
           above), and at other times by                                       D.C. supply.
                                            houses have closed. Two of these, the
           appointment with the archivist.
                                            Orion and the Ultra, were constructed  The power station in Spencer Street
                                            when I was last here eight years ago.  had two D.C. generators running 24
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other
                                                                               hours a day, seven days a week, just to
           publications, CDs and videos are
                                                                               supply the State, as under the
           available at meetings. Items are also
                                                                               Electricity Supply Act of the time,
           available by mail. Please contact Garry
           Saunders on 9812 7227 for details.
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