Movie mem­o­ra­bilia brought to light

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They are a piece of South Waikato his­tory and they are to be put on dis­play in Pu­taruru and Te Awa­mutu.

Two Philips pro­jec­tors, which were in­stalled in Pu­taruru’s Plaza in 1959, have been dusted off in prepa­ra­tion for their new role.

‘‘One of the pro­jec­tors is mov­ing to The Re­gent Theatre, Te Awa­mutu.

‘‘The other one will re­main at The Plaza on dis­play in the foyer,’’ The Plaza man­ager Ni­cola War­ring­ton said.

Mrs War­ring­ton stressed the im­por­tance of keep­ing one of the pro­jec­tors in the district.

‘‘I think it is very im­port to keep part of the his­tory of the orig­i­nal cin­ema here at The Plaza. It will also be won­der­ful for pa­trons of The Plaza to see the im­pres­sive ma­chine up close rather than

Pu­taruru Plaza man­ager Ni­cola War­ring­ton with one of the Plaza’s his­toric pro­jec­tors which is re­lo­cat­ing to Te Awa­mutu. stay­ing up in the pro­jec­tor room gath­er­ing dust. When the Philips pro­jec­tors were in­stalled in 1959 they were they only ap­pa­ra­tus of their kind present in New Zealand at the time,’’ she said. ‘‘The move will be in the very near fu­ture when owner of the Re­gent, Al­lan Webb and his team are able to come down to dis­man­tle them. Pu­taruru Elec­tri­cal’s Wayne Bul­lot is dis­con­nect­ing the machines so that they are able to be dis­man­tled safely.

‘‘ Lo­cal car­pen­ter Lawrence War­ring­ton will also do­nate his time to dis­as­sem­ble the pro­jec­tors,’’ she said.

The rea­son for the move is to cre­ate much more space and to re­fur­bish the pro­jec­tor room.

‘‘It will also be won­der­ful to see part of The Plaza’s his­tory join Al­lan Webb’s im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of movie mem­o­ra­bilia over at his beau­ti­ful theatre.

‘‘The South Waikato Arts Trust has be­gun to up­date film­screen­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and the move of the pro­jec­tors will al­low more room to en­able fur­ther equip­ment and ease of ac­cess,’’ she said.


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