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                                            West's Pictures In New Zealand     GU Russell Street: Access All
           The aims of CATHS are: to record the
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  I enjoyed the story about T. J. West  Sources
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  in CinemaRecord 52. He was also an  The Greater Union Russell
           architecture, and other related areas.  important player in the development of  Cinemas, in central Melbourne,
                       Patrons:             the early commercial cinema in New  formerly an exclusive Paramount,
           Frank Van Straten OAM Peter Smith OAM  Zealand, especially in his partnership  Universal, MGM and Disney release
           Philip Brady
                                            with Henry Hayward.                house, is now showing product from all
                     Committee:                Together they built the first theatre  major distributors including Fox,
           President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  in NZ solely for motion pictures: the  Columbia and Warner Roadshow.
           Vice President: Peter Wolfenden 9744 2570  Kings Wellington, opened in 1910.  The opening of Hoyts Melbourne
           Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986
                                            David Lascelles, Wellington (N.Z.)  Central in 2005 has finally put paid to
           Treasurer: Barrie Wraith 9435 9785                                  the century-long city release policy
                                            Padua Days
                         ★                                                     whereby various distributors were
                                               Brian Scott’s memories of his time
           Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870                                  aligned to certain exhibitors.
           Central Victoria Co-ordinator:   at the Padua Brunswick (CR52)
           Fred Page 5444 0428  (Bendigo)   reminded me of happy days.         Palace Shows Confidence
           Gippsland Co-ordinator:             I worked at the Padua in 1943-4,   Palace Cinemas is now a fully
           Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  (Traralgon)  after transferring from the Alhambra  independent entity. The company has
           Events Co-ordinator:                                                bought back the fifty percent of capital
           Brian Miller 9557 7446           where I was second assistant
           Film Buffs Group:                projectionist.                     previously held by Village. (The Age 9
           Mike Trickett 5278 1986             The bombing of Darwin was in the  Nov. 2006).
           Publications Sales:              news, and as part of a plan to keep  Celebrations at the Paramount
           Garry Saunders 9812 7227
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  people out of the central city as much  Maryborough (Vic.)
           See CATHS’ postal address        as possible - and to lift their gloom -  CATHS member Bruce Leech
           CinemaRecord Editor:             the Padua introduced a daily matinee. I  represented the Society at a special
           Ian Smith                        was rostered for these day sessions.   matinee at the Paramount
           CATHS website:                      The stage curtains were gold. In  Maryborough - complete with birthday
                  winter, red globes were substituted in  cake and words from the Mayor - to
           Postal address:                  the footlights to add to a sense of  commemorate 80 years of screenings.
           PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.      warmth. The projectors were Simplex   Bruce presented a framed
                         ★                  with RCA sound.                    congratulatory certificate to owner/
           Membership                       Alan Windley, Sunbury              operator Rod How (a CATHS member)
           Annual membership subscription is $40,                              in front of an audience of about 200.
           (overseas subscribers $50) and
           members receive four copies of
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,
           and copies of the agenda and minutes
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of
           February, April, June, August, October &
           The Archive is located in the Prahran
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will
           be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm
           on the Saturday before each meeting
           (see above), and at other times by
           appointment with the archivist.
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other
           publications, CDs and videos are
           available at meetings. Items are also
           available by mail. Please contact Garry
           Saunders on 9812 7227 for details.  The Paramount in 2000, the year it was twinned. Image: Rod Smith

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