Old Movie Theatres
I have been away a fair bit lately, but upon my return home, I found that a reader had written and asked if I could give a talk to a local group about memories. I am not one for public speaking, despite working in radio for a few years. I have yet to respond to the writer as I am going through my diary to find a suitable date.
This letter, however, caused me to consider what prompts our memories. It may be a photograph of a place or a person, a song playing on the radio, a movie on television, or a question asked on a quiz show. Any number of things can bring back a memory from the recesses of our mind. Now if you have some memories why not share them here.
Last year I wrote an article about James Pegler, a local boy who made quite an impression in the world of song in Australia in the 1960s. What is not so widely known outside the Hills district is that the Pegler family also owned and operated Castle Hill’s only movie theatre or cinema for many years.
Movies were shown at the Returned Soldiers Memorial Hall at Castle Hill in 1935, by April 1938 a purpose built theatre the “Castle Hill Theatre” with seating for 425 was opened on Old Northern Rd, where Castle Mall is now located. It was built on land that had previously been owned by the Crane family and the first movie to be shown was “Emperor’s Candlesticks” starring William Powell and Dulse Rainer. This theatre was owned and operated by Wes Pegler the father of James Pegler. It was