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From the President....

                                                    Two colour supplements in succession - the first on
                                                 Melbourne theatres and now this one on Sydney - cap a
                                                 year of achievement for CATHS. These reports show the
                                                 dedication of the Cinema and Theatre Association of the
                                                 UK to their hobby, and I thank the CTA for allowing us to
                                                 reprint them and learn how visitors react to our favourite
                                                     It was a privilege and pleasure to enjoy long
                                                 conversations with these kindred spirits, and to start work on opportunities for
           The official journal of the Cinema And  better national and international collaboration.
               Theatre Historical Society Inc.
                                                    The CATHS committee has long been aware of the need for a state-of-the-art
                                                 tracking and retrieval system for Archive material and hardware acquisitions.
           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly
                           ★                     Secretary Mike has enthusiastically taken to the intricacies of the InMagic
                                                 computer program, which will be the key to data retrieval. One future benefit: a
                    Editor: Ian Smith            meaningful index for  articles in CinemaRecord.
                                                    The most public face of CATHS is the bi-monthly meeting at the Sun Theatre
                 CinemaRecord Artwork:
                                                 Yarraville. We are grateful to owner Mike Smith for his ongoing support in
             Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9419 4144  providing this great venue.
                                                    At the research level, the collaboration with librarians Christine, Catherine
              The main aim of CATHS and this
                                                 and Tim at the Prahran Mechanics Institute ensures safe storage for the archive,
           publication is to accurately document and
                                                 and much more.
           create an archive of the history of
                                                     When the head of media studies at RMIT University Prof. Deb Verhoeven
           cinemas and theatres.
                                                 approached us to assist two students research the Greek and Italian influence in
              Input in the form of articles,
                                                 film exhibition in Victoria, members with facts and stories immediately came
           constructive criticism, and substantiated
                                                 forward to assist. This is CATHS at its best: putting information and
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and
                                                 understanding forward for a new generation.
           necessary to enable us to reach our
           objective.                               Our activities spread into many areas. Some of them are mentioned in these
              Opinions expressed are those of the  pages. I hope that this issue will contribute in a small way to your enjoyment of the
           Editor or contributors, and unless    Christmas season. A Merry Christmas to all. –  Gerry Kennedy
           expressly stated so, are not necessarily
           those of the Cinema And Theatre
           Historical Society Inc.                      NOW SHOWING!
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord
           should not be reproduced without the
           permission of the author or the editor.
              All photos are from the collection of
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           the person or organisation stated. Every
           effort has been made to trace the     6    His Majesty's/St James Wellington - Tony Froude
           ownership of copyright. In the event of    Henry White’s first theatre triumph
           any questions arising as to the use of any  10  Memoirs of a Film Distributor - Peter Broome
           material, the author and publisher will be
                                                      Chapter Three - From 16mm to junior executive
           happy to make the necessary corrections
           in future printings.                  13   Cinemas and Theatres of Oz
              Contributions and suggestions for       Part Two: Sydney
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please  21  A Year In Pictures - Members scrapbook
           contact the Editor if you are planning
                                                 22   Reels Across The City - Brian Miller
           to write an article for the magazine.
           We may be able to assist you with          Part Two: The Independent Theatres
           information, contacts, etc and it will help  27  A Switch In Time - Roger Seccombe
           us with forward planning.
                    Contact: Ian Smith
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)        Images in this publication are from CATHS Archive unless credited to another source.
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,      Cover: Not just a foyer but the Grand Assembly; a foretaste of the delights within
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204      architect Henry White’s Australian masterpiece the State Theatre Sydney.

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