His­tory of film pi­o­neer sought

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

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 dbin­ning@iinet.net.au.

Daryl Bin­ning, Perth

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