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                  ABN 37 195 378 179        70mm                               Greetings from Colombo
                    Reg A0020747R              The Lost World of 70mm Theatres    Thank you for sending the story on
                                            (CinemaRecord 47) was a valuable   the Regal cinema Colombo (CR47). I
           The aims of CATHS are: to record the  record of 70 mm history in Australia.  would have replied earlier, but have
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to                             been busy with the new movies
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  Film distributors lacked foresight
           architecture, and other related areas.  when it came to storage space for film  Mansion By the Lake and Gurilla
                       Patrons:             prints, especially 70 mm ones, which  Marketing (sic) from famous
           Frank Van Straten OAM Peter Smith OAM  took the most space. Most 70mm prints  writer/directors in Sri Lanka. We are
           Elaine Marriner   Philip Brady   were destroyed, together with their  having good crowds.
                     Committee:             spools and trunks, as soon as a film  I gave one magazine to Mr.
           President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  completed its contracts. Many were still  Baldsing (alternate Manager) and we
           Vice President: Peter Wolfenden 9744 2570  in good order  – gone to landfill!  also showed it to our company
           Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986  70mm prints were great for drive-  Chairman. Now the Regal is known all
           Treasurer: Barrie Wraith 9435 9785  ins. The big print restored the cinema  over the world.
                         ★                  quality image that 35 mm could not    Neither our families nor the theatre
           Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  bring to the outdoors. The 70mm prints  were damaged by the tsunami. We live
           Central Victoria Co-ordinator:   of the later single-projector Cinerama  near the beach, and not far from us
           Fred Page 5444 0428  (Bendigo)   pictures had a slight ‘squeeze’ to them  some dwellings were damaged, but no
           Gippsland Co-ordinator:          to obtain the extra width. In drive-ins  one died.
           Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  (Traralgon)
           Events Co-ordinator:             not equipped with a lens to remove the  M. A. Sarath Fernando,
           Brian Miller 9557 7446           squeeze, the results were obvious to the  Manager, Regal Cinema
           Film Buffs Group:                projectionist, but I don’t think the
           Mike Trickett 5278 1986          public noticed it.
           Publications Sales:                 Some titles were released to give
           Garry Saunders 9812 7227                                            •
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           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  the impression that they were  •• NEWSREEL                   •
           See postal address               photographed in 70mm, whereas they  •                             ••
           CinemaRecord Editor:             were merely 35mm ‘blow-ups’.                                      •
           Ian Smith                        Someday someone may care to research  ••  CINEMA, THEATRE &       ••
            which films were shot in 70mm and  •                              •
           CATHS website:                                                      ••  SHOWBUSINESS NEWS •
                  which ones were ‘blow –ups,’– not an  • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• • •• •
           Postal address:                  easy task.
           PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.      William Gray, North Parramatta.    As You Like It
                         ★                                                        The foyers of the revamped New
                                            [Eric White writes about ‘blow-ups’ in
           Membership                       this issue (page 38), and he gives a  Cinema Como (Melb.) - black walls,
           Annual membership subscription is $35,                              many mirrors and period furniture  –
                                            reference text.–Ed.]
           (overseas subscribers $45) and                                      have been as much a talking point as
           members receive four copies of   Theatre Names                      the films on the four new screens.
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,  Congratulations to Cameron Hall  As the flagship cinema for Palace,
           and copies of the agenda and minutes  for his fascinating exploration of  the décor at the New Como is meant to
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.   theatre names (CR 47). Could I add  turn heads. Similar changes are planned
           Meetings                         two extra pieces to the jigsaw?    for other Palace cinemas in Melbourne.
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of  La Scala - ‘Scala’ has two    The opening party was also a
           February, April, June, August, October &
                                            meanings in Italian: ‘Ladder’, as in  celebration of Antonio Zeccola’s 40
           November.                        Rossini’s opera La Scala de Seta (The  years in cinema distribution and
                                            Silken Ladder) and more relevantly,  exhibition.
           The Archive is located in the Prahran  ‘Scales’, as in musical scales.
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street                                  In 1956 Mr. Zeccola, his father and
                                               Tivoli - The original Sydney Tivoli,  brother took over the Padua
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will
           be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm  which set the pattern for the subsequent  Brunswick, renamed it the
           on the Saturday before each meeting  Australia-wide circuit, was named by  Metropolitan, and began importing
           (see above), and at other times by  Harry Rickards in honour of the Tivoli  Italian films to screen there.
           appointment with the archivist.  music hall in the Strand. It was the  Mr. Zeccola’s Palace Cinemas now
           Publications                     leading music hall in London at the  has 71 screens in 23 locations in
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other  time.                           Australia.
           publications, CDs and videos are  Frank Van Straten, South Yarra
           available at meetings. Items are also
           available by mail. Please contact Garry
           Saunders on 9812 7227 for details.

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