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           The aims of CATHS are: to record the  MGM Presentation              QUEENSLAND
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  MGM were the right people when it  How Much Regent Can Be
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  came to presenting movies that were  Saved?
           architecture, and other related areas.
                                            intended as a full program (When Ben  Premier Anna Bligh has weighed in
                       Patrons:             Hur Came To Albury - CR56). When   to the Save The Regent controversy
           Frank Van Straten OAM Peter Smith OAM  Gone With The Wind played in MGM
                      Philip Brady                                             insisting that any redevelopment of the
                                            theatres they did away with using any  building must include the cinemas if
                     Committee:             music, slide or film advertising that  the heritage value of the site is to have
            President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  would in any way distract the audience
           Vice President: Peter Wolfenden 9744 2570                           any meaning. Her proposal is to use a
            Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986  from the full enjoyment of the film.   provision in the Integrated Planning
            Treasurer: Barrie Wraith 9435 9785  With the exception of Hoyts, who  Act, never before invoked, to stop plans
                Rodney Bendix 9563 2927     did so for some big 70mm or Cinerama  for an office tower on the Queen Street
                 Shane Moore 9859 5126      presentations, can you imagine any  site.
                         ★                  other group prepared to forego        Developers want to close the 80-
                    Qld. Convenor:          advertising revenue just for the sake of  year-old cinema but the Regent’s
               Steve Maggs 0413 805 320     a film's importance? In country centres  heritage-listed facade, foyer and marble
                         ★                  most projectionists just lopped off any  staircase would remain.
            Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  overtures.                        Not good enough says Ms Bligh.
                  Events Co-ordinator:      William Gray, Sydney
                 Brian Miller 9557 7446                                           “Part of its charm and part of what
                   Film Buffs Group:        Fog and Fact                       the Regent is, is that it is a working
                 Mike Trickett 5278 1986       Wally Perkins seemingly outrageous  theatre and unless you have got people
                  Publications Sales:                                          going in and buying tickets and getting
                Garry Saunders 9812 7227    fog story (CR57 p.13) can be       popcorn it really will lose something of
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  corroborated. In The Miracle Of The  its significance.”
              PO Box 476 Bentleigh Vic. 3204  Movies (1947) Leslie Wood tells how a
                 CinemaRecord Editor:       pea-souper enveloped the London       The theatre was saved in the 1970s
                       Ian Smith            Coliseum in about 1915, making it  by a compromise which kept the foyer
             impossible to show the advertised film  and allowed a new four-cinema
                    CATHS website:                                             complex (the existing cinemas).
                  program for two or three days.
                    Postal address:         Fred Page, Bendigo                    The Industry Superannuation
               PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.                                     Property Trust has proposed an $800
                         ★                                                     million redevelopment of three
           Membership                                                          adjoining properties. While the
           Annual membership subscription is $40,                              development may still proceed, much
           (overseas subscribers $50) and                                      of it will have to be re-written if the
           members receive four copies of                                      Premier has her way.
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,                                  The bittersweet truth is that the
           and copies of the agenda and minutes                                ‘real’ Regent Brisbane, a true rival to
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.
                                                                               Melbourne’s Regent, was lost in the
           Meetings                                                            carve-up 30 years ago.
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of
           February, April, June, August, October &                            Mt Tambourine Closes
           November.                                                              Taken over by the council, the
           Archive                                                             theatre has failed to pass safety
           The Archive is located in the Prahran                               requirements. Whether the cost of the
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street                               upgrade is to go into next year's budget
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will
           be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm                                  estimates remains to be seen
           on the Saturday before each meeting                                 Luxury At Loganholme
           (see above), and at other times by                                     Loganholme Cinemas closed one
           appointment with the archivist.
                                                                               regular cinema to covert it to a Star
           Publications                                                        Cinema (their version of Gold Class).
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other                                  This means they now have ten regular
           publications, CDs and videos are
           available at meetings. Items are also                               screens and two Star Cinemas.
           available by mail. Please contact Garry
           Saunders on 9812 7227 for details.

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