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From the Editor....

                                                    Images are the best way to show the strengths and weaknesses of a theatre
                                                 design, and the on-going search to find the best illustrations shows a simple truth:
                                                 the best theatres had the best photo record. A second observation is that the best

                                                 stories, those from the ‘pioneer’ days, often come from the histories of lower-rank
                                                 theatres, for which the photo record is scant.
                                                    Our feature on Bourke Street is a small part of Bernie Halperin’s life-long
                                                 interest in the changing face of the cinema and theatre scene in Melbourne.
           The official journal of the Cinema And
                                                 Inevitably, the story here skims the surface, and the photo record to go with it is
               Theatre Historical Society Inc.
                        Australia                patchy, a fact which lets the reader imagine those old interiors.
           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly
                           ★                        The writers of effusive descriptions of theatres built between 1910 and 1915
                    Editor: Ian Smith            could not have imagined the revolution in design to come. No doubt the owners of
                           ★                     the early picture theatres were proud of their achievement and wanted it recorded
                 CinemaRecord Artwork:
                                                 in photos or drawings.
             Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9419 4144
                           ★                        Years later, the children or grand children ‘tidying-up’ the family Estate, and
              The main aim of CATHS and this     raised on visits to the next generation of better theatres, might open an old box and
           publication is to accurately document and  say, “ Who would be interested in that?” and toss the lot.
           create an archive of the history of
           cinemas and theatres.                    Oh to be proved wrong! If any reader has a picture of the interior of the Star,
              Input in the form of articles,     Strand, Empire, Melba, Britannia or Roxy, please step forward.  In the absence
           constructive criticism, and substantiated
                                                 of a  photo record  we only have the early publicity  –  Ian Smith
           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
           Historical Society Inc.               4    Letters
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord
           should not be reproduced without the  4    Newsreel
           permission of the author or the editor.
                                                 8    Essendon at the Pictures
              All photos are from the collection of
           the person or organisation stated. Every
                                                 10   The Electric Cinema - Bill Chew
           effort has been made to trace the
           ownership of copyright. In the event of  14  The Twilight Drive-In - Michael Purden
           any questions arising as to the use of any
           material, the author and publisher will be  18  Under The Stars - Roger Seccombe
           happy to make the necessary corrections
           in future printings.                  20   Waterfall Curtains - Tony Froude
              Contributions and suggestions for
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please  24  How The Talkies Changed Bourke Street - Bernie Halperin
           contact the Editor if you are planning
           to write an article for the magazine.  32  Blow Ups - Eric White
           We may be able to assist you with
                                                 34   Korumburra Theatre - Gerry Kennedy & Ern Bruhn
           information, contacts, etc and it will help
           us with forward planning.
                                                 38 CATHS Tours Walhalla
                    Contact: Ian Smith
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)        Images in this publication are from CATHS Archive unless credited to another source.
                                                 Cover: Two survivors from the 1930s shake-out on Bourke Street: the Lyceum,
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,
                                                 home to aspiring cowboys, and the Tivoli, the famous vaudeville house.
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204
                                                 See story page 24.
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