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                                            Rain Drops Keep Falling On My      Rex Renovation
           The aims of CATHS are: to record the
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  Head                          A $3m redevelopment to include
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  Keen-eyed visitors to Adelaide may  bowling alley, food court and
           architecture, and other related areas.  remember looking up and seeing water  auditorium is the latest plan for the
                       Patrons:             pipes and sprinkler risers dotted over  former Rex theatre Daylesford, writes
           Frank Van Straten OAM Peter Smith OAM  the roof of the Regent (CinemaRecord  Ian Williams.
           Philip Brady
                                            50).                                  Stage one refurbishment is expected
                     Committee:                These sprinklers assisted the   to be finished by December 2006 and
           President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  theatre's air-conditioning plant to make  part two by mid-2007.
           Vice President: Peter Wolfenden 9744 2570  good on the claim - every seat a cool  No talk at this stage of a cinema,
           Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986  retreat - by the principle of evaporative  but at least an auditorium is a
           Treasurer: Barrie Wraith 9435 9785  cooling.                        promising start.
                         ★                     On a hot day, shoppers walking
           Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  down the lane alongside the theatre  Cinema Centre Challenge
           Central Victoria Co-ordinator:   would often find themselves immersed  When Hoyts vacated the Cinema
           Fred Page 5444 0428  (Bendigo)                                      Centre in Bourke Street Melbourne,
           Gippsland Co-ordinator:          in a fine spray of droplets.       The Age (3 June 2006) reports that new
           Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  (Traralgon)  I am not aware of this system in use  owners Drapac Property got the lot  -
           Events Co-ordinator:             on other theatres.
           Brian Miller 9557 7446           John Thiele, Dernacourt (S.A.)     projectors, sound equipment and 2,500
           Film Buffs Group:                                                   chairs!  Various groups have expressed
           Mike Trickett 5278 1986          Talk Alarms In Cinemas             interest in buying the technical gear.
           Publications Sales:                 Fundamentally, the report about    The building is National Trust
           Garry Saunders 9812 7227                                            listed. Redevelopment to retail and
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  Talk Alarms in Adelaide cinemas was
           See CATHS’ postal address        correct (See The Man From Paramount  office space will retain some of the
           CinemaRecord Editor:             CR 50).                            original features.
           Ian Smith                           The button did give direct access to  Queensland Group Buys Croydon
           CATHS website:                   the Fire Service and the fire-man could  Cinemas
                  hear what was happening near the      Australian Cinemas based in
           Postal address:                  Alarm.                             Nerang are the new owners of the four-
           PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.         By the time I was using Talk    screen Croydon Cinemas, formerly the
                         ★                  Alarms they were quite old and     Ritz.
           Membership                       possibly not as effective as when they  Director Bob Bailey explained to
           Annual membership subscription is $40,  were first installed, but you could still  Mel Elliott that the group has plans for
           (overseas subscribers $50) and   hear it from several metres away, and I  six screens on the site.
           members receive four copies of   suppose the amplified voices from a
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,  cinema screen might be audible.   Westgarth Shines
           and copies of the agenda and minutes                                   The Westgarth cinema sports a new
                                               The bit about calling for the public
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.   to apprehend someone sending a false  roof. Reconstruction of the balcony into
           Meetings                                                            two cinemas is proceeding to plan. The
                                            alarm is probably a send up.
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of                             new complex is expected to be open in
           February, April, June, August, October &  However, Alarm operators used to  about mid-August, says Cameron Hall.
                                            scare kids by telling them “Now that
           November.                                                           Corrections CinemaRecord 50
           Archive                          you have pushed the button your name
                                            is recorded and the police will be  Regent Geelong
           The Archive is located in the Prahran
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street  called”.                        In the summary (page 24) High
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will  They had a few kids coming to the  Society is listed as a CinemaScope film.
           be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm  fire station to plead that their names not  It was of course in VistaVision. The
           on the Saturday before each meeting  be given to the police, and promising  heading should have read ‘Improved
           (see above), and at other times by  that they would never touch the Alarms  wide screen’.
           appointment with the archivist.  again.                             A Selection of Regents
           Publications                        The system was closed down in      The image bottom left, page 35 is of
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other  about 1980.                     the Regent Sydney, which  should
           publications, CDs and videos are
                                            Tom Hoey, South Australian         have been top right. Similarly the
           available at meetings. Items are also
           available by mail. Please contact Garry  Metropolitan Fire Service   proscenium detail of what is the
                                                                               Regent Brisbane should have been
           Saunders on 9812 7227 for details.
                                                                               bottom left.
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