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WESTERN AUSTRALIA                 New Cinema For Hamilton            Looking For A Way Out
          Multiplex for Rockingham             Kiwi Income Property Trust has     Reading’s under-performing four-
            West Australian-owned Ace       built a new cinema in the Centre Place  screen complex at Paraparaumu has
          Cinemas has opened a ‘state-of-the-art’  retail complex. Auckland cinema owner  been the subject of discussions with
          multiplex at Rockingham, a southern  Richard Dalton has the lease and plans  Downtown Cinemas of Palmerston
          Perth coastal suburb.             a boutique venue - the Lido - seating  North, the company that recently
                                            320 people. It will offer hand-rolled ice  assumed control of the Paramount
            Located in the main shopping
                                            creams, wine and coffee. The venue  Wellington.
          centre, the complex has eight cinemas,
                                            was close to finished in September and  Reading management apparently
          including two fully-licenced Cine Gold
                                            should be open now.                believes that the Downtown group has
          Lounges. Ace Cinemas’ managing
          director David Pye said that digital  Hoyts Leave Wellington         the mojo to make Paraparaumu work.
          technology and luxury surrounds were  Hoyts final exit came on Wednesday  Downtown executives are making no
          the future for the family company,  19 August with the closure of the  comment.
          which has been in business for 50  Regent on Manners - originally Hoyts  REPORTING BY:
          years.                            Five Manners Mall.                    Steve Maggs and Peter Wolfenden
          A Rejuvenated Astor                  The complex had been losing     (Qld); Les Tod (NSW); Ross King and
            The Astor in inner- suburban    money since Reading opened         Colin Flint (Vic); Ray Peck (Tas.);
          Mount Lawley (CR 61) has new      Courtenay Central in 2002.         Colin Flint (SA); Peter Jackson (WA);
          management and a new life.           The building’s owners intend    David Lascelles (NZ)
            The smaller 90-seat cinema now  turning the site into shops, with  CORRECTIONS
          screens themed double features, while  apartments above. On a personal note,  Regent Auckland, CR 63
          work on the main auditorium will equip  this change brings to an end my (David  The purchaser of the Regent organ
          it for live concerts. Refurbishments  Lascelles) 28-year association with  was Les Stenerson, not Len, as stated
          include a liquor licence, new lighting  Amalgamated Theatres, and later  on page 18, column 3.
          rig, sound upgrades and a retractable  Hoyts.
                                                                                  In the same story, a glitch that
          screen which allows for conversion from  Arthouse at Courtenay Central  defies explanation is the wording of the
          cinema to concert mode in half an hour.   Reading Cinemas, a company  second caption, page 19.
          NEW ZEALAND                       initially cool to any art house product,  The caption should read:
                                            have seen the light. From September
          Hawera’s Cinema 2 Closed.                                               ‘Fading fast. The exterior in May
                                            24, their huge Courtenay Central
            South Taranaki council’s decision to                               1974, one month before closure. A
                                            location will show two such films a
          buy a cinema on behalf of the                                        banner for American Graffiti is over the
                                            week, under the umbrella of Reading’s
          ratepayers has come to grief. The                                    entrance. ‘The Regent’ is set in
                                            Angelika Films.
          complex was haemorrhaging money                                      leadlight above it.
                                               The effect on other art house
          and ratepayers were footing the bill.                                   -   Wayne Brittenden Collection.
                                            cinemas such as the Paramount across
            The council bought the cinema two
                                            the road, or Brooklyn’s Penthouse,is
          years ago for $NZ1m. on the basis it
                                            likely to be minimal.
          would be run independently and return
          a profit. To date no profit, only debt.

                    The Cinema And Theatre Historical Society Inc. is proud to have
               The Sun Theatre Yarraville as our major sponsor. Many thanks to member
             Mr Michael Smith, the owner of the Sun Theatre, for providing the venue for
                                          CATHS meetings and events.

              For program and venue hire inquiries, contact Theatre Manager Ms Angela Murphy
                     on Tel: 9362 0999   ◆  Fax: 9362 0338  Website:

                                                                    8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville 3013

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