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johngleeson commented about Prince Edward Theatre on May 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm

VISTAVISION Some clarity from the Widescreen Museum. Curator Martin Hart wrote “the first concept of VistaVision called for standard 35mm prints”. Some films were shown in 8 perf horizontal mode in limited runs. Paramount’s preferred ratio was 1.66:1 but it was possible to make 35mm 4 perf anamorphic prints of 2.00:1 however the vast majority were 35mm prints. Hart says with Technicolor dye prints made from the large Eastman neg, VistaVision provided an extremely sharp image with beautifully saturated colors. Ken is correct about only 35mm prints shown in Sydney, beginning with White Christmas.

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johngleeson commented about Variety Theatre on May 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that police were considering arson as another fire broke out across Pitt Street in the Royal Arcade, full of small shops. This was all on Christmas eve so the street and stores were crowded.

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johngleeson commented about Ca'd'Or Cinema on Mar 17, 2014 at 5:01 am

The Victory was remodeled by Bruce Furse following his departure from the firm Crick and Furse in 1940

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johngleeson commented about St. James Theatre on Mar 17, 2014 at 4:39 am

From a Commonwealth Film Unit film promoting Sydney. All the Metro theatres had similar signs with red lettering over horizontal white neon bars.

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johngleeson commented about Avoca Beach Picture Theatre on Mar 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Foyer photo courtesy of Paul Brennan. At age 19 Paul leased the Avoca, then ruined and sodden from storm damage and saved it from demolition. He spent 17 years there turning it into a well maintained and loved local treasure. The foyer was filled with photos, posters and souvenirs from the glory days of theatres like the Plaza, the Summer Hill Grosvenor and the Capitol…souvenirs like the three red Metro seats.

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johngleeson commented about Clovelly Kings Theatre on Feb 20, 2014 at 6:19 am

The liquidators have a general meeting of members set for February 24, 2014. Details of the liquidation will be given along with how the property has been disposed of.

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johngleeson commented about Hoyts Granville on Feb 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

The final film was “On The Double” with Danny Kaye.
Kevin Cork wrote about the widening of Parramatta Road and how 16 feet was carved from the front of the theatre resulting in the entrance being moved around the corner on Good Street.

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johngleeson commented about Collaroy Cinema on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:51 am

Not much change on this bit of Pittwater Road since 1940

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johngleeson commented about Hoyts Bondi Road Theatre on Feb 6, 2014 at 6:30 am

Very similar to Hoyts Vogue, Homebush, designed by Charles Bohringer and L.J. Buckland

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johngleeson commented about Village Cinema on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I trekked all the way from Chatswood to see Kane there. It was an excellent print. The only odd thing about the screening was a fellow who insisted everyone occupy the same seat they had before interval. This was a showing with not too many in the audience and not everyone would remember exactly which row they were in. Strange.

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johngleeson commented about Odeon Manly on Jan 24, 2014 at 6:45 am

New in photos- a frontal view at last, courtesy of John MacRitchie of the Manly Library

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johngleeson commented about Odeon Theatre on Jan 23, 2014 at 4:53 am

Confirmed: Architects were Guy Crick and Bruce Furse.

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johngleeson commented about Magnet Theatre on Jan 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

Theatre historian Barry Sharp photographed the demise of the once grand Magnet and you can see the photos here –

http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/14709702?q=lakemba+magnet+theatre&c=picture

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johngleeson commented about Collaroy Cinema on Dec 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

The architect was J. C. Rennie and the theatre was built for Casmi Theatres Pty.Ltd.

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johngleeson commented about Astra Theatre on Dec 6, 2013 at 4:01 am

Our thanks to Professor Ross Thorne for his comments but above all for his passion towards saving theatres as an important part of our architectural and cultural heritage.

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johngleeson commented about Stanmore Odeon on Nov 23, 2013 at 12:43 am

Another nearby theatre is the Olympia De Luxe in Annandale.

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johngleeson commented about Kings Theatre on Nov 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

The Kings was on Werona Avenue between Robert Street and the park. A block of flats replaced it. In 1942 Guy Crick was hired to make alterations. He had designed quite a few homes in the surrounding suburbs as well as additions to the Pymble Golf Club. The Christie organ was premiered with the film “King Of Kings” with accompaniement by Mr. Jenkins. The film was preceded by a recital with songs by Leslie McCallum.

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johngleeson commented about Hoyts Crows Nest Theatre on Nov 19, 2013 at 4:41 am

Also close by is the Metro/Sesqui Theatre on the Pacific Highway near Hume Street.

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johngleeson commented about Barclay Theatre on Nov 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

Added to Photos: a shot of Nat King Cole who was appearing in the Harlem Blackbirds show although he got no billing on the front of house. Several cast members were photographed taking time off at various locales like clubs and the children’s hospital.

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johngleeson commented about Lindfield Kings Theatre on Nov 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Nearby theatres include those in Roseville, Chatswood and Gordon.

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johngleeson commented about Savoy Theatre on Oct 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Photo from the collections of the Wollongong City Library and the Illawarra Historical Society

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johngleeson commented about Savoy Theatre on Oct 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Photo from the collections of the Wollongong City Library and the Illawarra Historical Society

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johngleeson commented about Savoy Theatre on Oct 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Photo from the collections of the Wollongong City Library and the Illawarra Historical Society.

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johngleeson commented about Savoy Theatre on Oct 1, 2013 at 5:39 am

Many thanks to Jo Hogan and Lisa Matuzelis of the Local Studies Department at the Wollongong City Library for providing information and photographs.

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johngleeson commented about Hoyts Century Theatre on Sep 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Thanks to Chloe O'Reilly of the City of Newcastle for her help in obtaining information and photographs from the Newcastle Cultural Collections at the Newcastle Regional Library