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From the Editor....

                                                    An occasional splash of colour can be the best tonic to refresh memories of
                                                 favourite theatres, and what better time to do it than in the 50th issue of
                                                 CinemaRecord? The CATHS visit to New Zealand (story this issue), and the
                                                 theatre inspections arranged for the UK Cinema & Theatre Association (CTA)
                                                 across two States was proof, if any was needed, of just how far CATHS has come
                                                 in 16 years. There will be more about this international connection in future issues.
                                                    Comparisons are said to be odious, but some are inevitable, and they can be a
           The official journal of the Cinema And  lot of fun. The idea for an article on the best features of the capital city Regent
               Theatre Historical Society Inc.
                                                 theatres arose from the positive response to the article on the Regent, Brisbane.
           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly     This special family of theatres is a fitting subject for a special issue. Other
                           ★                     Regents have passionate supporters and these are the pages in which to read their
                    Editor: Ian Smith            views. Although the main article has Adelaide as the sentimental favourite, authors
                                                 Brian Pearson and John Thiele are objective about the best features of the other
                 CinemaRecord Artwork:
             Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9419 4144
                           ★                        The story of the Regent, Geelong by Mike Trickett fills in a little known aspect
              The main aim of CATHS and this     of the rise of Regent theatres in Victoria. If you thought Williamson/Hoyts were
           publication is to accurately document and  first with the Regent concept, here is a surprise.
           create an archive of the history of
                                                    Cameron Hall’s article on the rise of theatre in ancient Greece reveals the debt
           cinemas and theatres.
              Input in the form of articles,     western culture owes to giants of creativity who developed the prototype forms,
           constructive criticism, and substantiated  content and structures for theatrical performance today. Much has changed, but
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and
                                                 more remains  –  Ian Smith
           necessary to enable us to reach our
              Opinions expressed are those of the
           Editor or contributors, and unless
           expressly stated so, are not necessarily     NOW SHOWING!
           those of the Cinema And Theatre
           Historical Society Inc.
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord
                                                 4    Letters
           should not be reproduced without the
           permission of the author or the editor.
                                                 5    Newsreel, Obituaries
              All photos are from the collection of
           the person or organisation stated. Every
           effort has been made to trace the     6    CATHS Visits New Zealand
           ownership of copyright. In the event of
                                                 12   Ranking Regents: With an Emphasis on the Regent Adelaide -
           any questions arising as to the use of any
           material, the author and publisher will be  Brian Pearson and John Thiele
           happy to make the necessary corrections
                                                 20   The Regent Geelong - Mike Trickett
           in future printings.
              Contributions and suggestions for
                                                 26   The Classical Legacy - Cameron Morrison
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please
           contact the Editor if you are planning
                                                 32   The Man From Paramount
           to write an article for the magazine.
           We may be able to assist you with     36 Colour Sense
           information, contacts, etc and it will help
           us with forward planning.
                                                   Images in this publication are from CATHS Archive unless credited to another source.
                    Contact: Ian Smith
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)
                                                 Cover: The imposing frontage of the Regent Adelaide 1967, an accurate foretaste
                                                 of the delights to be found inside. Photo: John Thiele.
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204      Opposite: The stage of the Regent Adelaide and its the intricate plaster work.
                                                 Photos: Brian Pearson, digital enhancement by Wayne Bertram.
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