Good ol’ Uncle Bill at the Ozone Theatre
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