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CATHS AT THE ASTOR Sunday 26 March


About 60 members of the Cinema and Theatre Historical Society of Australia (CATHS), together with members of the Prahran Mechanics Institute (PMI), enjoyed a morning at Melbourne’s iconic ASTOR THEATRE in St. Kilda.


Our hosts for the morning were Palace Cinemas founder, Antonio Zeccola and the Astor manager, Zak Hepburn.


The master of ceremonies was CATHS member, Brian Hunt, who conducted a wide-ranging question and answer session with Mr. Zeccola. Questions ranging form his early days in Australia to the price of cinema admission were all answered by Mr. Zeccola.


Following a refreshment break, the  three formats which the Astor is equipped to screen were demonstrated on the large screen:  35 mm film, 70 mm film and digital formats.

Brian Hunt (L) conducts the on-stage interview with Mr Zeccola

The iconic Astor Theatre, St. Kilda, Melbourne

CATHS president, Richard Twentyman thanks Mr. Zeccola for his participation in the event.

Members of CATHS and PMI enjoy a refreshment break in the foyer of the theatre.

The next CATHS meeting will be held at the SUN THEATRE, Yarraville on Sunday 30 April. Guest Speakers will be Tony Tibballs and Barrie Wraith, who will present an illustrated talk on the cinemas of the Darebin area.

CATHS Cine Collectables Fair Sunday 21 May 9.30am at the Scout Hall Bellairs Ave. Seddon.