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YOUR LETTERS Continued...           Preston Melody

                                                he Plaza Theatre at Northcote
                                            T(CR66) wasn’t the only one of
                  ABN 37 195 378 179        Melbourne’s northern suburbs cinemas
                    Reg A0020747R           with some rather ad-hoc programming.
                                               After the sale of Hoyts Theatres to
           The aims of CATHS are: to record the
           history of cinemas and theatres, and to  Fox Film Corporation c.1933, the
           promote interest in theatre heritage and  Victorian managers of Paramount
           architecture, and other related areas.  Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
                       Patrons:             approached the managers of five
                  Frank Van Straten OAM     independent theatres — the Adelphi
                    Peter Smith OAM         North Carlton, Grand Footscray,
                     Committee:             Moonee Moonee Ponds, Roxy
           President: Gerry Kennedy 0432 434 169  Sandringham and the Westgarth    ongratulations on your bumper
             Vice President: Ross King 9370 9479  Theatre at Northcote — to offer them  C editions of CinemaRecord!
            Secretary: Mike Trickett 5278 1986                                    The Plaza article (CR66) was truly
            Treasurer: Rodney Bendix 9563 2927  first suburban release.
             Editor/Committee: Kevin Adams     As both studios were pre-eminent  excellent considering it always was the
                    0409 946 066            and prolific, at least 70% percent of  Orphan Annie of the cinema world.
                Committee: Shane Moore      screen time was assured. Vacant weeks  I recently discovered a Val Morgan

                                            were to be filled by British Empire  acetate disc labelled Plaza Northcote!
                    Qld. Convenor:          Films, a distribution subsidiary of   Not much else to contribute to a
               Steve Maggs 0413 805 320
                                           Union Theatres.                    very comprehensive coverage of the
                                               The Plaza Northcote (1934) was the  venue.
           Archivist: Gerry Kennedy 0432 434 169
                  Events Co-ordinator:      first all-new modern cinema to accept  Clyde Simpson — 3AW & Magic 1278
                  Les Auld 9689 2765        this offer. Others were opened between
                   Film Buffs Group:        1935 and 1940.                         eading Kevin Adams’ article on the
                 Mike Trickett 5278 1986
                  Publications Sales:          The loss of MGM to the Plaza    R Academy Twin (CR67) took me
               James Barrand 0418 520 315   resulted in a distribution pattern  back. I was one of a large group of
           Membership Secretary: Peter O’Reilly  different from most of Melbourne:  students who attended Cinema 300 to
              PO Box 476 Bentleigh Vic. 3204                                   see Polanski’s Macbeth during the
                 CinemaRecord Editor:       Westgarth — MGM, Paramount and     opening week of the Twin in 1973.
                     Kevin Adams            BEF.
          Plaza — Paramount, BEF and spot    We had made the trek from the Western
                    CATHS website:                                             Suburbs (Granville Boys’ High School)
                  bookings as available.             under the guidance of our very
                    Postal address:         Planet Preston and St James Preston  energetic English teacher.
               PO Box 476, Bentleigh 3204.  — MGM, Paramount and revivals.
                                                                                 I remembered being very impressed
                                            Gowerville (Melody) East Preston —  with the new facilities as our locals in
           Annual membership subscription is $45,  BEF and spot bookings.      Parramatta were the Roxy (before it
           (overseas subscribers $50) and   Rivoli West Preston — Delayed releases  was duplexed) and the Astra.
           members receive four copies of   from most, but no Paramount product.  Oddly enough I have a further link
           CinemaRecord, notification of events,  After the Plaza went to vaudeville  as I moved to Canberra in 1975 and
           and copies of the agenda and minutes  in the early 1950s, three of these other  patronised both the Boulevard Red and
           of all meetings. There is no joining fee.   theatres were smartened up.   Blue Cinemas in Civic as well as the
           Meetings                                                            Center Cinema. I believe these were
           Meetings are held on the last Sunday of  The Star Theatre Company, which  also run by the Cinema Center Group.
           February, April, June, August, October &  operated the Planet and St James,
           November.                        purchased the Gowerville from Mr Sid  I believe I still may have the
           Archive                          Guest, who also owned the Rivoli.    Polanski programme!
           The Archive is located in the Prahran  After complete renovation the   Regards and thanks for the good
           Mechanics’ Institute, 140 High Street  Gowerville reopened as the Melody.  reading!
           Prahran, 9510 3393. The Archive will                                                   — Robert Taylor
           be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm  Programs at the Planet and Melody
           on the Saturday before each meeting  became simultaneous with the       ongratulations on the Bumper Issue
           (see above), and at other times by  Westgarth, and ran at the St James a  C of CinemaRecord 67 which
           appointment with the archivist.  week later.                        arrived in the post today.
           Publications                        The fact that the Gowerville and
           Back issues of CinemaRecord, other  Rivoli could run with such spotty  The publication truly realises the
           publications, CDs and videos are  programs in the 1940s, shows, once  ideal as A Journal Of Record.
           available at meetings. Items are also  again, that a picture theatre in the war  A huge amount of work presented
           available by mail. Please contact James                             in high style.  Bravo!
           Barrand on 0418 520 315 for details.  years was a money-making machine.
                                                        Brian Miller — Brighton                  — Ross Campbell

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