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Conclusion: take care of creature
          comforts, show interesting films and                                   Projection In The Blood
          the surroundings become incidental.
                                                                                   CATHS has a link to the Port
            At Koroit (1,800) Cowper Murphy                                      Fairy cinema -member John Brown
          also designed the Memorial Theatre                                     has been projectionist there for 16
          (which has an upstairs Crying Room).                                   years.
          The venue is available for hire as a
          cinema or concert venue, indeed any
          use, but Koroit is not a holiday town
          and by Port Fairy standards the
          building languishes.

          Halls Gap (200 locals)
            The Film Society and hall
          committee here has the same get-up-
          and-go attitude observed in Port Fairy.
          Centenary Hall (1956) is a simple hall
          transformed by many upgrades. Events
          such as the Grampians Wildflower and  The simple formality of the main
          Arts Show (October) and the traditional  hall, crowned by a barrel-vaulted
          Halls Gap Film Festival (November)  ceiling, was impressive. Even the
          show its importance to a tourist town.  removal of the balcony thirty years ago,
            Bushfires in summer 2006 meant  has not ruined its integrity. A deep
          fewer visitors and cancellation of the  stage with a sloping floor (common in
          film festival that year have left the hall  old theatres) has the proscenium
          committee and local film society  outlined in oak leaves (what better for a  Now almost 80, John believes
          members undaunted.                region so steeped in English tradition?),  that he is the oldest active
                                            a motif used in greater detail at    projectionist in Australia. He credits
            Host David Witham proudly showed
                                            Coleraine. While this shape of       his energy to his love of cinema and
          recent changes: a stage extension and
                                            proscenium occurs in Northern        keeping fit by boxing about three
          push button roll-down screen, with
                                            Victoria, oak leaves are never part of it.   times a week (he still does 200 skips
          some attention to acoustics will please                                at a time), ballroom dancing once a
          patrons when the Film festival resumes  Films won’t be making a return, but  week and riding his bike, a regimen
          in November 2007.                 the hall is in good hands.
                                                                                 interrupted only for his trips from
                                            Former Rivoli Naracoorte             Melbourne to Port Fairy.
                                                                                   In 2006 the future of the cinema
                                                                                 was in doubt. However Moyne Shire
                                                                                 Council and the Film Society came
                                                                                 to the rescue and John keeps the
                                                                                 films rolling. He started at the
                                                                                 Fairfield (Melbourne) when he was
                                                                                 16 and has now been in the industry
                                                                                 for 64 years. John is pictured
                                                                                 alongside the Simplex projector
                                                                                 with RCA sound head.
          IN GOOD HANDS                        How many country cinemas span a   Image: The Standard, Warrnambool
          Terang ( 2,500)                   full block, street to street? The former
            Terang could be Camperdown’s    Rivoli does, its size suggesting a 2,000
          twin, without the showy monuments.  seater at least. Built as a high stadium
          The hall, opened in 1910 and with a  and opened in 1935, the capacity was  “The Majestic, Flinders Street”. True
          balcony added in 1924 once counted  actually about 1,000, so the scale was  enough, matching seats and carpets
          films as an important use. The Terang  excessive. It closed in the 1960s and an  were a reminder that any big theatre
          Rotary Club has taken on the role of  arcade of shops was punched through  project - such as the 1930s rebuild of
          hall guardian.                    the stalls, the balcony entrance closed  the Majestic - would spawn requests
            Rotarian and Chair of the Board of  off behind a locked door.      for similar fabrics and lighting - the
          Management Barry Wickham proudly     The shops are due for           zenith of fashion at the time.
          showed off what Rotary nous could do  redevelopment, but building owners  The Rivoli was involved in an epic
          when refurbishing a kitchen; a $90,000  Jeanette and Bill Vine have a more  program switch. The Coronation film of
          saving on what the Council had been  ambitious yearning - to reopen a  1953 was on everyone’s ‘must see’ list.
          quoted. Additions over the years have  cinema on the site.           Refused a print by the Adelaide
                                                                               distributors, the Rivoli management
          made the site a bit rambling. The best  The balcony area is a time capsule.
                                                                               struck a deal with a cinema in Mt
          Rotary improvement has been to connect  Viewing the orange and buff swirls on
                                                                               Gambier, one and a half hours away.
          the kitchen by ‘tunnel’ to the main hall.   the worn carpet one member exclaimed,

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