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           The aims of CATHS are: to record the  Raycophone Memories           INTERNATIONAL
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  I enjoyed the scope and detail of  No-Go Zone For Popcorn?
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  Tim Armstrong’s The Magic Box (CR
           architecture, and other related areas.                                 Increasing numbers of British
                                            59). I first came across Raycophone
                       Patrons:             projectors when I was 13 years old!   cinemas are banning popcorn.
           Frank Van Straten OAM Peter Smith OAM  It was 1953 and Hoyts were still  According to Daniel Broch, owner
                      Philip Brady                                             of the Everyman cinema in London's
                                            running movies in the Coburg Town
                     Committee:             Hall.                              upmarket Hampstead district, who
            President: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870                                 recently bought 17 more venues, “I will
           Vice President: Peter Wolfenden 9744 2570  Somehow or other, I managed to  de-popcorn every new venue I acquire.
            Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986  wheedle my way in as an unpaid  It has a disproportionate influence in
            Treasurer: Barrie Wraith 9435 9785  assistant for one night a week. (I think  terms of its overwhelming smell, the
                Rodney Bendix 9563 2927     my mother organised it). The
                 Shane Moore 9859 5126      projectionist was Charlie Griffin (he is  cultural idea of it and the operational
                         ★                  still with us - I know his son Mark), and  problems created by the mess it
                    Qld. Convenor:          the regular assistant was Keith Harwood.
               Steve Maggs 0413 805 320        This went on for a few months      The Picturehouse Cinema, a chain
                         ★                  while I was at University High School.  of 19 cinemas across Britain, will trial
                                                                               popcorn-free screenings in September.
            Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 5174 1870  Years later I would work a Raycophone
                  Events Co-ordinator:      unit again - amongst others - in my  But other cinemas which tried to go
                 Brian Miller 9557 7446     own right (See story page 26).     popcorn-free, including the Curzon
                   Film Buffs Group:                                           chain, found that customers demanded it.
                 Mike Trickett 5278 1986    Harold Aspinall, Mt Martha                   - Brisbane Times, 10 August
                  Publications Sales:
                Garry Saunders 9812 7227    Tui Sound Heads                    Village Moves In USA
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  The article on sound and projection  Village Roadshow is opening a
              PO Box 476 Bentleigh Vic. 3204  equipment in CR59 was excellent, and I
                 CinemaRecord Editor:       learned a lot. On the New Zealand front  luxury cinema in the affluent Chicago
                       Ian Smith            there was one error unwittingly copied  suburb of South Barrington.
                                                   In October comes a Gold Class
                    CATHS website:          from an incorrect NZ reference.    Complex at the Redmond Town Centre
                     Cinema Supplies Ltd. did not
                    Postal address:         manufacture the Tui soundhead; they  in the Seattle area. The company is said
               PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.                                     to be planning to invest more than
                                            sold and distributed them under the
                         ★                  name Realtone. The Tui was made by  $200m. to open 50 cinemas across the
           Membership                       Bettany Engineering Ltd. of Wellington.  USA in the next five years.
           Annual membership subscription is $40,  David Lascelles, Wellington NZ                 -Internet sources
           (overseas subscribers $50) and                                      AUSTRALIA
           members receive four copies of   Producer’s Representative
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,  I was most interested in the story  Imax and Hoyts Joint Venture
           and copies of the agenda and minutes  The Producer’s Representative: An  IMAX Corporation and Pacific
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.   Overlooked Player In Film Distribution  Equity Partners the owners of Hoyts
           Meetings                         (CR 59). The situation for smaller film  Cinemas Ltd. have announced an
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of  production companies was exactly the  agreement to install four IMAX(R)
           February, April, June, August, October &  same in New Zealand, as most NZ  theatres in Sydney, Melbourne and
           November.                                                           Perth. This will be the Company's first
           Archive                          rights were sold ‘bundled’ with the
           The Archive is located in the Prahran  Australian rights.           international joint venture deal
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street  David Lascelles, Wellington NZ  featuring the Company's new IMAX(R)
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will  Bass Hill Drive-In            Digital theatre system and doubles the
           be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm                                  IMAX footprint in Australia.
           on the Saturday before each meeting  The Newsreel item on the closure of  World-wide, IMAX has signed
           (see above), and at other times by  Bass Hill Drive-In (CR58) reported that  contracts for more than 180 IMAX(R)
           appointment with the archivist.  the site will become a residential  Digital theatre systems, with
           Publications                     development.                       approximately 50 scheduled to be
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other  Greater Union, which owned the  installed by the end of 2008.
           publications, CDs and videos are  drive-in, are behind the housing project,
           available at meetings. Items are also  possibly through a subsidiary company  IMAX and Hoyts will share in the
           available by mail. Please contact Garry  formed for the purpose.    cost and profitability of the new
           Saunders on 9812 7227 for details.                                  theatres. The first three will be installed
                                            William Gray, Sydney
                                                                               at the Entertainment Quarter 12 in
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