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A Selection of Photographs from Members                                                                                    Ads and News Snippets from the Past

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Who’d have believed that the nice folk from
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the silver screen didn’t live entirely pristine
                                                                                                                                                                                                        lives? Well, nobody after 1921, when Roscoe
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Fatty” Arbuckle, perhaps the biggest star of
                    ABOVE: The projection room and foyer of Greater Union’s Russell Cinemas in Melbourne in the 1980s. Projectionist John Brown (in white overalls)                                     the moment – certainly physically – spent
                    seen here shifting a film print, and at a foyer display, is still showing movies in his 80s!   From the collection of John Brown.                                                   most of that year in front of a jury charged
                                                                                                                                                                                                        with raping and accidentally killing a young
                                                                                                                                                                                                        starlet at a boozy party.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not  that  he  actually  did  it,  being
                                                                                                                                                                                                        completely  exonerated  after  three
                                                                                                                                                                                                        mismanaged  trials,  with  the  case
                                                                                                                                                                                                        somehow not collapsing under a shower
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of unreliable witnesses and a sad-if-not-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        entirely-spotless victim.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Although a world-wide ban on his films was
                                                                                                                                                                                                        lifted within a year, Arbuckle only worked
                                                                                                                                                                                                        sparingly through the 1920s. He died in his
                                                                                                                                                                                                        sleep of a heart attack, aged 46, in 1933.

                    ABOVE: The former Brunswick Pictures at Brunswick Heads (NSW) in January 1993.
                    The theatre closed in 1985 and now stands disused. Photograph by Peter Woolnough.

                                                                                                                                                                          The Melbourne Argus, September 28, 1922.

                                                                                 ABOVE:  Projection  equipment  from  the  old
                                                                                 Paronella Park Picture-Theatre at Mena Creek
                                                                                 (QLD) in museum display.
                                                                                 From the collection of Terry McCulloch.

                                                                                   Contributions for CinemaRecord to:
                                                                                   Post:   Kevin Adams, P.O. Box 535,
                    ABOVE: Former Roxy Theatre at Kyogle (NSW) in 2007. The theatre closed in 1969  Carlton North. Victoria. 3054
                    and is now in use as The Christian Life Church.    Photograph by Peter Woolnough.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Charters Towers TIVOLI, 1918.

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