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Cinema History

The history of film  in Western Australia.

Roy Mudge and his own Princess Theatre

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Roy Mudge and his own Princess Theatre

Retired projectionist Roy Mudge, has worked for 50 years in Perth, Fremantle, suburban and drive-in  Cinemas… including the Piccadilly, The Grand, Theatre Royal and The Ambassadors, after beginning as a 16-year-old assistant at Fremantle’s Princess Theatre in 1964.   Roy had the foresight to take photographs of them, and collect much movie related memorabilia over the decades.  He is now the curator at the Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television.   Roy’s passion for the cinema industry and film making art is manifest in...

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Cremorne Theatre

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Cremorne Theatre

NEW thank you to Ken McKay on updating the history of Cremorne Theatre Cremorne Theatre…. the second venue in Perth to show moving pictures. Often overlooked in the history of Perth theatres. You may also be interested in the “Western Baptist” ISSN 1322-1582 ‘In search of Annie Oliver’, a paper by Mrs Ann Harding, read to the Baptist Historical Society on 21 April 1993. Murray Street facade to Cremorne Threatre and Gardens CREMORNE GARDENS, PERTH, PICTURED IN 1896. Cremorne Gardens a popular venue for vaudeville...

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Ambassadors Theatre

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Ambassadors Theatre

Thank you to TVhistory for the photos.       -1929...

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Putting on the pictures in Mt Barker and Albany

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Putting on the pictures in Mt Barker and Albany

Norman Gordon Mills was a projectionist in Mt Barker and Albany

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Rare Vintage Australian Made 35mm Projector

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Rare Vintage Australian Made 35mm Projector

The significance of these  images are  very important to show recognition for the ongoing work of our passionate AMMPT volunteers like Barry Goldman. .                   In this instance, a recent donation of artefacts from Richard Rennie was received a few weeks ago and one of the items caught Barry’s eye . At first he thought it was a South Australian made ‘ Benbo’ (Spelling not known) projector but later he discovered it to be an ‘Austral’ projector made in  Sydney. Barry immediately went to...

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Princess Theatre

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Princess Theatre

http://ammpt.com.au/cinema-tv-museum/cinema-history-2/Princess Theatre.               The Princess opened 21st December 1912 and closed on the 26th June 1969. The Princess  opened for West’s Theatres and was managed by T.M.Coombe. It was the first purpose-built theatre in the suburban area. The Princess was operated by Fullers Vaudeville in August 1914 until March 1917. T.M.Coombe took over the Princess and brought it into the Union Theatre Chain . Sound was introduced to the theatre in August 1929....

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The Story Of A Building: The Queens, The Hoyts Regent and The Metro

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The Story Of A Building: The Queens, The Hoyts Regent and The Metro

 The Story Of A Building: The Queens, The Hoyts Regent and The Metro                       The Queens Hall in William Street .Perth was opened by the Premier Sir John Forrest on the 19th April 1899 for the Wesleyan Methodist Church. The hall was used for church purposes on weekends and hired our for lectures and musical presentations for the rest of the time. The first film exhibition took place on the 16th August 1899 by Commandant Booth of the Salvation Army and its Limelight Unit and...

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Hoyts Fremantle – Oriana Theatre

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Hoyts Fremantle – Oriana Theatre

  Hoyts Fremantle- Oriana Theatre. The Theatre opened on August 4th in 1938 with the picture ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs”.                                     In 1949 the Auditorium was remodelled.                                                   Cinemascope was installed in 1954 with ” Three Coins In The...

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The Good Old Days of Cinema

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The Good Old Days of Cinema

In the Good Old Days of Cinema and how different the world was back then, for many in the audience would have been there from the era of the hand cranked silent projector, most likely using limelight, in a tent or small hall. People born before the turn of the century, who also experienced the first primitive aircraft with joyrides by pioneers in the field, in a cloth covered biplane. It was not long after the introduction of radio, requiring a long outside aerial and battery powered wireless to pick up either 6WF in Perth or 6WA in Wagin,...

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Celebrate the best of Astor: 1982-2015

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Celebrate the best of Astor: 1982-2015

It is with heavy hearts that we make this announcement. In early 2015 the Astor Theatre in Melbourne as you know it will close its doors. By way of explanation we should clarify the distinct difference and separation between the landlord of the building we lease, Ralamar Nominees Pty Ltd, and the business that you know as The Astor Theatre, our tenancy that, since 1982, created and operates the business within the landlord’s building. The Astor is so much more than just the bricks and mortar that has become Melbourne’s spiritual...

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50th Anniversary Of Busselton Drive in Theatre

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50th Anniversary Of Busselton Drive in Theatre

What: A special screening of Australian films and display of south-west cinema memorabilia to mark 50 years of the Busselton Drive in. Where: The event will be held at the Busselton Drive-in cinema. When: Friday December 3rd, 7.45 pm. Gates open at 6.00 pm A special event is being planned to commemorate the legacy of the southwest’s pioneering traveling picture show man Allan Jones and of 50 years of continuous operation of the States only remaining purpose built country drive-in cinema. Also it is to draw attention to the need to locate any...

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