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From the Editor....

                                                    In The Architecture of Happiness philosopher and writer Alain de Botton
                                                 suggests that expressive buildings reach out to the human spirit, and put us in
                                                 touch with our finer feelings.
                                                    This will come as no surprise to readers of this magazine, who know what it
                                                 means to breathe in the atmosphere of a theatre building, and who savour the
                                                 moment of expectancy and calm when the house lights are down and the curtain is
                                                 still a blaze of colour.
                                                    Curiously, De Botton says nothing about the possibilities for happiness within
                                                 a fine theatre, yet without making the specific link, he does knock the props out
           The official journal of the Cinema And  from under one criticism of theatre design - that the architects were slavish
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                                                 copyists, lifting ideas from hither and yon.
                                                    De Botton points out that Robert Adam, the revered English architect who
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                           ★                     developed ideas of ornamentation which later found favour with a generation of
                                                 theatre architects, was proud of his design for Kedleston Hall (1765). For this
                    Editor: Ian Smith
                           ★                     commission Adam boldly copied the Arch of Constantine in Rome (AD 315), and
                                                 placed it in the middle of the façade!
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                                                    In this issue Peter Broome, who began with 20th Century Fox in Sydney in
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                           ★                     despatch, and who rose to become head of Fox in Australia, begins an amusing
                                                 series on life in the world of film distribution. Peter completed the story of his life in
              The main aim of CATHS and this
                                                 films on his 76th birthday (49 pages, a challenge to an editor) and sent it off to me.
           publication is to accurately document and
                                                    I was also pleased to share time with a remarkable man - Mr. Roy Turner,
           create an archive of the history of
                                                 known to his friends as Bernie, who started work at the Rivoli Camberwell in
           cinemas and theatres.
                                                 1923, and who can talk about the theatre, his move to the Broadway, the people
              Input in the form of articles,
                                                 and the times as though it was yesterday. I am sure that you will enjoy these
           constructive criticism, and substantiated
                                                 stories as much as I did.  –  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
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              Articles printed in CinemaRecord   6    Selected Short Subjects - David Kilderry
           should not be reproduced without the       The rise and fall of the supporting program
           permission of the author or the editor.  10  Memoirs of a Film Distributor - Peter Broome
              All photos are from the collection of   Part 1 From Publicity to Film Booker
           the person or organisation stated. Every
                                                 13   Movies on the Move
           effort has been made to trace the
           ownership of copyright. In the event of    More on railway cinema carriages
           any questions arising as to the use of any  16  Theatre Rivals of Camberwell - Ian Smith
           material, the author and publisher will be  Foes to colleagues: Henry Holland and Robert McLeish
           happy to make the necessary corrections  22  Rivoli to Broadway - Roy (Bernie) Turner
           in future printings.
              Contributions and suggestions for       Nineteen years with Robert McLeish
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please  23  Book Review - Frank Van Straten
           contact the Editor if you are planning     J.P. McGowan: Australia’s Hollywood Pioneer
           to write an article for the magazine.  24  Reels Across The City - Brian Miller
           We may be able to assist you with
                                                      Part 1 Week by week in your Hoyts Suburban Theatres
           information, contacts, etc and it will help
           us with forward planning.             30  Hot Oil and Carbon Ash - Ross King
                           ★                          The projectors in the Regent Adelaide, and some digressions
                    Contact: Ian Smith
                                                   Images in this publication are from CATHS Archive unless credited to another source.
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)
               Email:      Cover: The Rivoli, Burke Road Camberwell c.1935, sometimes described as
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,      romanesque in style. What seems to be a portico from which balcony patrons might
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204      enjoy the street scene was not a functional space. The theatre did not have a
                                                 mezzanine foyer.
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