History of film pioneer sought
THE search is on for people who had contact with the legendary South West travelling picture showman Allan Jones and his extensive film-screening circuit, from its inception in 1923 until the family finally closed their last screen, the Busselton Drive-in, on Anzac Day, 2015.
It is believed to be the longest continually screening family-owned film exhibition business anywhere in the world.
In conjunction with the Jones family, this writer has compiled a detailed account of Allan’s pioneering and colourful career in the industry.
However, I am aware there could be other material, be it photographs, information or anecdotes which may be unknown to the family, still held by previous staff, patrons or others who had contact with Allan’s operations at any one of about 30 venues throughout the South West.
I intend to publish a book in which this unique aspect of entertainment in the region is recorded.
Copies will be available to community museums in those towns where Allan screened as a means of raising funds for their displays.
If anyone can assist, please contact the writer, Daryl Binning, by phone on 9310 3377 or by email email@example.com.
Daryl Binning, Perth