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  • <p>1982 Fact sheet from Wehrenberg catalog</p>
  • <p>Greg Lynch says – VistaVision comes to Perth’s Piccadilly Theatre – During 1954 management installed new lenses, a large seamless screen, and made major alterations in preparation for Paramount’s “White Christmas” which was to be presented in vistaVision (Motion Picture High Fidelity). Yes the Piccadilly was getting ready to give “The Ambassadors” located further up Hay Street, who were playing big screen CinemaScope a run for their money..The proscenium was widened, almost wall to wall. Ron Mudge (A legendary industry identity) who had a lifetime association with Perth cinema tells me that the two front exits got in the way and had to be dropped down level with the stage. This meant going down below floor level with a three stair step down, and the added introduction of hand rails. Then it was discovered that when the curtains were fully opened they were gathering on the sides, and reducing the size of the screen, and thus it was decided to install drop down curtains. So there it was at great expense – a wall to wall screen with magnificent gold curtain drapes, plus new lenses & apertures and the installation was complete. The sound was mono. White Christmas in VistaVision was a major presentation at the Piccadilly, and during 1954 I was lucky enough to catch an intermediate session, and was very impressed with the new big screen and the increased definition of the large negative process. VistaVision was also installed at the sister venue “The Princess Theatre, Fremantle”. In my opinion these two locations were the only optimum installation of VistaVision ever made in Western Australia. I suspect that the VistaVision four sprocket, single frame compromise playing at the Piccadilly & The Princess was appreciated more by those within the industry, rather than the general picture going public who had no access or understanding of the original double frame horizontal format. Make up your own mind, here is the 1954 publicity blurb from Paramount directed at Exhibitors – Quote “ VistaVision release prints will play in any theater anywhere in the world with an improvement in picture quality. Some improvement will be apparent even on the old “postage stamp” screens in theaters where not one cent has been spent to improve the presentation. Theaters that have large seamless screens and good projection equipment will gain full advantage of VistaVision without further change or expenditure.“ end quote. During that same period I can recall extended seasons at the Piccadilly for Rock Hudson’s “Magnificent Obsession” and it’s sequel “All That Heaven Allows” also “The Glenn Miller Story'” all from Universal Pictures, and all were boxoffice bonanzas for The Piccadilly..So here we are in 2018 and Perth’s, Piccadilly Theatre, the much celebrated Art Deco Picture Palace, continues to sit dark in Hay Street..They saved The Regent in Collins St, Melbourne didn’t they ?. What will it take ? – The Piccadilly VistaVision installation details courtesy of Ron Mudge…
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  • <p>Millie Comes to Perth’s Piccadilly –
              Greg Lynch says – The year is 1967 and Piccadilly Theatre management demonstrates a creative style of Showmanship in the promotion of the Universal Pictures production “Thoroughly Modern Millie”  A  mannequin had been dressed as Julie Andrews in a flapper costume and appears to be hanging with both hands from the theatre flagpole (flying way above Hay Street).This attracted a lot of attention (and stiff necks) – I took the B/W photo of Millie hanging on the flagpole while visiting Perth in 1967 with an old Box Brownie (the only camera to hand). To me It demonstrated an “out-there” old style of showmanship, something that’s missing in today’s automated digital world of concrete boxs. In 1967 I was with Universal Pictures in Melbourne, and as an old Perth boy I would return frequently to see industry friends & family. I have strong memories of The Piccadilly as a quality mainstream city release house.  <script type="text/javascript">
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  • <p>Greg Lynch says – The Pioneer Walk-In (Open Air) Theatre, located in Parsons Street Alice Springs, was purpose built by Snowy Kenna in 1941. Leslie Joseph (Snowy) Kenna arrived in Alice Springs in 1934 with celluloid flowing in his veins. He immediately looked around for somewhere to show pictures, finally settling on the old Welfare Hall which was located on the Recreation Reserve (Now Anzac Oval) (the Totem Theatre currently sits on this spot). Then in 1939, not satisfied with the old hall, Snowy took out a lease on the “Capitol Open-Air Theatre” which he operated till 1941. By now his bank balance had allowed him to purchase a block of land in Parsons Street where he was to fulfill the life long dream of building his own cinema. Snowy named it The Pioneer Walk-In (Open- Air) Theatre & Cafe. Previous experience in the area regarding climate conditions had taught Snowy a lot, and he was careful to place the screen south to avoid the remnants of the late noon sun & the changing position of the moon. The new Open-Air Theatre opened with much acclaim in 1942. A major highlight for the Kenna family was the world premiere of the movie “A Town like Alice” held on 24th July 1956, with the the stars of the film Peter Finch and Virgina McKenna attending in person. The occasion was also used to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Locals arrived in casual dress, carrying thick rugs and cushions for the open-air screening. The theatre was decorated with bunting and palm leaves for the night. Peter Finch invited Beryl Oliver, the air hostess on his flight, to be his guest on the night. The two sat together, smoking throughout the screening. Nevil Shute and his wife also attended. By 1958 Snowy realized that it was time to go Big Screen. With much excitement the screen was doubled in size and Snowy purchased a set of the new anamorphic lens technology that was necessary to screen CinemaScope movies. Once converted he was able to catch up with the Scope blockbusters he had missed, such as “The Robe” & “Three Coins in the Fountain”. Business flourished as the screen got bigger. In 1963 the theatre was refurbished and the facade improved. Come 1965 and with much foresight, Snowy opened the Pioneer Drive-In Theatre, this had the unfortunate result of reducing attendance’s at the Pioneer Walk-In, as picture goers changed their habits in favor of watching movies in the family car. Seven months after the opening of the drive-in Snowy Kenna died, leaving his family to carry on. In 1983 the Kenna family sold both theatres to Greater Union Theatres, who ran the walk-in till 1984, and the drive-in until 1987. Later the walk-in was purchased by Big Print P/L and leased out as the Pioneer Market. In 1988 Youth Hostels of Aust purchased the old walk-in theatre and opened two years later as a hostel. Happily the hostel has continued to preserve the legend of The Pioneer Walk-In – Here is an extract from their latest advertising – Quote – “Alice Springs YHA is built within the grounds of an historic outdoor movie
              theatre, in a great location in the centre of this atmospheric outback town. Our hostel has a big outdoor movie screen showing movies nightly under the stars”.– End quote – BRAVO ! –  (Acknowledgments  : “Alice Springs Past & Present” by Shirley Brown 1993 / The Film Journal International / The ABC News / Woman’s Weekly & Pam Hodges – <script type="text/javascript">
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  • <p>THE PICCADILLY THEATRE OPENING NIGHT – THE WEST AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER  reported on Thurs March 10, 1938 on Page 19 … THE PICCADILLY THEATRE. Official Opening Tonight. Tonight Perth’s newest cinema, the Piccadilly Theatre, which is situated above the Hay-street end of the Piccadilly Arcade, will be officially opened by the Lieutenant-Governor Sir James Mitchell. The proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital…The special opening screen entertainment is, “I Met Him in Paris” –  I Met Him in Paris is a 1937 film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Wesley Ruggles, written by Claude Binyon, and starring Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas & Robert Young. (pictured above)</p>
  • <p>Greg Lynch says – ALL PERTH IS TALKING! – ALL PERTH IS SEEING!  “ JEDDA ”  (G) at the Liberty, 2nd sensational month – Plus : Nat King Cole & his Trio
               – Mirror Newspaper – Jan. 1956</p>
  • <p>Feb 6th, 1998 grand opening ad</p>
  • <p>December 18th, 1961</p>