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From the President....

                                                    During October and November I took the opportunity to
                                                 visit the United States where I joined with the Cinema and
                                                 Theatre Association of the United Kingdom tour of New
                                                 York theatres. What an experience that was. You may
                                                 remember that the CTA toured Melbourne and Sydney
                                                 theatres with CATHS’ guidance in 2006, and so it was a
                                                 pleasure to renew friendships with this dynamic group.
           The official journal of the Cinema And  For some years we have also shared publications and the occasional e-mail with
               Theatre Historical Society Inc.   the Theatre Historical Society of America, so on this trip I made sure I visited to
                                                 Chicago to meet their Executive Director, Richard Sklenar. We talked over issues in
           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly
                           ★                     preserving theatre history, archiving and membership development. Don’t expect
                    Editor: Ian Smith            radical change within CATHS, but hopefully some ideas brushed off.
                                                    On the home front, the formation of the Brisbane chapter of CATHS under the
                 CinemaRecord Artwork:
                                                 enthusiastic direction of Steve Maggs will ensure that the Sunshine State is better
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                           ★                     represented on the ground and in the magazine. Which brings me to this issue.
              The main aim of CATHS and this        For some time I have wanted a story from the viewpoint of theatre staff contact
           publication is to accurately document and  with patrons. Not only do we now have one from an usherette’s perspective, but
           create an archive of the history of
                                                 her work surroundings were arguably Australia's best cinema  - the Capitol
           cinemas and theatres.
                                                 Melbourne. There’s lots to enjoy in this issue designed for easy holiday reading.
              Input in the form of articles,
           constructive criticism, and substantiated  May your Christmas with family and friends be a rewarding one.
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and  –  Gerry Kennedy
           necessary to enable us to reach our
              Opinions expressed are those of the       NOW SHOWING!
           Editor or contributors, and unless
           expressly stated so, are not necessarily
           those of the Cinema And Theatre
           Historical Society Inc.               4    Letters and Newsreel
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord   6    CATHS Tours the South-West
           should not be reproduced without the
                                                      Four days of theatre inspections
           permission of the author or the editor.
                                                 14   Front of House at the Capitol - Loraine Wood
              All photos are from the collection of
           the person or organisation stated. Every   An usherette tells
           effort has been made to trace the     18  From Regent Fitzroy to Teletheatre - Harold Aspinall
           ownership of copyright. In the event of
                                                      Television breathes life into a faded venue
           any questions arising as to the use of any
           material, the author and publisher will be  24  Bringing Sound to the Theatre Audience - Peter Wolfenden
           happy to make the necessary corrections    The search for clarity, not noise
           in future printings.                  26  Naming Rights - Brian Miller
              Contributions and suggestions for
                                                      Fashions in theatre names
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please
           contact the Editor if you are planning     And more, much more
           to write an article for the magazine.
           We may be able to assist you with
                                                   Images in this publication are from CATHS Archive unless credited to another source.
           information, contacts, etc and it will help
           us with forward planning.
                                                 Cover: Foyer of the Capitol Melbourne in 1937, decorated for the film chosen by
                           ★                     Paramount head Adolph Zukor as the company's 25th Anniversary Picture.
                    Contact: Ian Smith
                                                 Back page: Think ‘Capitol’ and chances are the first thought is ‘ceiling’ and the
               Telephone: 5443 0692 (1-9pm)
                                                 second the stage candelabra. Purists once decried this 19th century addition to a
                                                 most 20th century building, but the impressive pair supported the adage that quality
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,
                                                 furnishings can enhance any décor. The candelabra have a history as oversize as
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                                                 their height, further enhancing Capitol mystique.
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