Hoyts Star Theatre

Bronte Road and Brisbane Street,
Sydney, NSW 2022

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johnph on June 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

I too worked at the Star as assistant operator,the projectors had been up dated with the usual Kalee 21&B T H lamphouses still on westrex bases,Ithink the slide machine was the one you described,there ws no vent pipe for carbon dust to exit the box,manual feed & jigging knife switches as usual to use second generator.In 1967 when Iwas there it was a 2 session a day house so the operators worked only a 5DAY WEEK.the curtiams fell to bits never repaired so lots of carbons were used on the colour wheel fitted to the slide machine starting 10 mins before slide time. Iwas one night carrying a 5 spool trunk to the box [as the only way into bio was thru the circle and steep at that]as I opened the first door into the box Ilost my grip on the trunk and it rolled end on end to the bottom of the circle,most imbaresing.

curmudgeon on June 25, 2014 at 7:51 am

A superb and beautiful art moderne gem that ended its days as the “Hoyts Horror House” – screening exclusively films of the horror genre – specifically second run Hammer Studio fare. Surprisingly well maintained right up to closure, but the policy was a dismal failure. However, for the few of us that tried to support this lovely building despite the pathetic policy, the eeriness of being only 10 patrons in a 2,000 plus capacity cinema did add to the horror!

michelle_joan on June 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm

I worked as assistant projectionist at the Star around 1952/53. The Chief was the late Bill Rokes, and the Manager was Alan Antney. Films screened during that period just prior to the introduction of CinemaScope included LIMELIGHT & GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES The projectors were pretty old Simplex rear shutter projectors on Western Electric soundheads. The Western Electric Amplifier used huge valves (as big as incandescent projection lamps)and we totally lost sound one night due to a soldered connection failing. The ad vertising slides were projected by a fully manually operated Biunual dissolving projector, hand feeding the AC carbons at the same time I used to wave to my fiancée from the projection room when she would sit in the Circle! What fun!! Michael Franklin