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come out here. He replied, but declined
          my invitation.
            Many people were let in free,
          especially well-known sportsmen - the
          likes of Lou Richards, Dick Reynolds,
          Jack Dyer, Frank Sedgman and Lew
          Hoad - and policemen on the beat.
          Some of the girls married policemen
          after meeting them while on duty.
            A number of stage and TV
          personalities started their careers at the
          Capitol. Val Jellay was before my time,
          but Toni Lamond and Corinne Kirby
          worked with me. Toni was a lot of
          laughs. She left to go into the Pajama
          Game - and as they say in show
          business, ‘the rest is history’.
            My trajectory was more modest. I
          worked at the Embassy Malvern for a
          short time after I was married, when Noel
          Ferrier was the manager. No ongoing
          stage career for me, but I did relish my
          spot as the pirate-girl on the stage of the
          best theatre in the country.  ★
                                            In his painting New York Moment (1940), Edward Hopper captures the divide between
                                            enthralled audience and tired usherette. She’s seen the film a dozen times and just
            Loraine worked at the Capitol from
                                            wants the show to end so she can go home.

                                      FASHIONS IN THE FOYER

          Above: Staff at the opening of the Capitol 1924. The materials and colours of the
          uniforms may have been sumptuous, but to our eyes the effect is quaint.
          Right: In 1941 the Capitol is a Hoyts theatre. These smart outfits may be a hold-over
          from the late Paramount years. Val Jellay, later a vaudeville performer, is on the left.
          This image courtesy Val Jellay.

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