★ MORE THAN 220 PAGES
★ OVER 400 RARE, EXCLUSIVE, AND BEAUTIFULLY
★ FOREWARD BY FILM PRODUCER ANTHONY BUCKLEY
★ 7 YEARS IN THE MAKING
Going to the movies, whether it be in the city, suburbs or country, was an event, and usually a family affair. People dressed accordingly. Men often wore suits and women, a hat and gloves. The dress code started to fade in the 1970s, but nobody would attend dressed in thongs and T-shirts, as they do today. Children learnt the manners of public behaviour. Teenagers learned how to court and socialise with the opposite sex. Until the coming of licensed clubs and organised sporting events, attending the cinema was the one social activity that brought us all together.
Today, movie venues in the city are confined to the Event multiplex [formerly Hoyts and Greater Union] and the Dendy, Opera Quays. But there were once many, many more, from the early silent theatres to the great picture palaces to the humble open air show in The Rocks.
This is their story.