Good ol’ Un­cle Bill at the Ozone The­atre

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ANDREW Car­cich of North Beach, Wal­la­roo, asked if any­one could re­mem­ber the pic­ture the­atre at Port Ade­laide ( Boomer, Septem­ber 2) – es­pe­cially the Satur­day af­ter­noon mati­nee and the guy who came out at the in­ter­val to ask ques­tions to give away free tick­ets.

I grew up in that era and went to the pic­tures ev­ery week. It was the Ozone The­atre in Port Ade­laide. The guy who came out to give away free tick­ets was called Un­cle Bill. I think he was the owner of the cin­ema.

He would ask ques­tions like: “How many car­toons did we show be­fore the first film?” (usu­ally two: Mighty Mouse was the most pop­u­lar). He would then ask what se­rial was shown as well, it used to be some­thing like the Green Lan­tern. Ev­ery­one would stick their hands up and yell out “I know, Un­cle Bill” and he would pick some­one out. I was lucky to win once. Ad­mis­sion was a bob, around 10c.

That was the place to be on a Satur­day af­ter­noon for us kids in our teens. The evening ses­sion was more for the adults as kids were never out late at night in those days. D. Laenger Sal­is­bury Downs

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