His­tor­i­cal help needed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THE Dou­glas Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has been very for­tu­nate to be awarded fund­ing by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s "Your Community Her­itage" pro­gram through the Depart­ment of Sus­tain­abil­ity, En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter, Pop­u­la­tion and Com­mu­ni­ties.

Our project is to study the his­tory of the Photo Play The­atre in Moss­man.

This pop­u­lar cinema be­gan in Lunn’s Coro­na­tion Hall, the build­ing where the Wel­come Mart is now just near the en­trance to Moss­man Mill, with the first screening in about 1912.

A new cinema "The Rex" opened in 1956 next to the Ex­change Ho­tel in Mill Street. It closed in 1982 and be­came an in­door cricket sta­dium.

As part of our re­search, we would like to talk to any­one who used to work at ei­ther cinema, or any­one who has mem­o­ries of go­ing to the pic­tures. We’re also look­ing for pho­tos and any mem­o­ra­bilia such as tick­ets or pro­grams or posters.

Here are some mem­ory jog­gers: How of­ten were the shows on? When did the films change? Was there a news­reel? A car­toon? A dou­ble fea­ture? What were the seats like? Was there a Dress Circle? How much did it cost to get in ? How many peo­ple did the place hold? Did peo­ple stand at the back?

Could you book your tick­ets in ad­vance and if so, where? How did you get there, by bus? What time did it fin­ish? Was there a ’tray boy’ inside who sold lol­lies and ice creams? What sort of ice creams could you buy? Did any­one roll Jaf­fas down the aisle? Who were the man­agers? Can any­one re­mem­ber a per­son play­ing the pi­ano there? These are the sorts of things that are very dif­fer­ent from go­ing to the cinema to­day.

Please contact me on 4098 4900 if you have any in­for­ma­tion, how­ever small it may seem. We have to com­plete this project, in­clud­ing the pro­duc­tion of a small book­let, by Jan­uary.

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