Posts Tagged ‘cinema’

Glenbrook Theatre

Small cinema, small Blue Mountains village.

Unprecedented crowds in

Numbers & character.

No seats, bring cushions,

Cinema floor fills with

Young people relaxed, colourfully robed,

Atmosphere aromatic, communal, sharing.

We are here, now, together

Absorbing 3 hours of sound & vision

Hoping for our piece of 3 Days of Peace & Music.



There’s so much extra I could put in here but I can recall being unexpectedly stunned by the opening performance.

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The cinema

Saturday Matinee

Is a whole afternoon.

First: Cinesound newsreel.

Movie matinee serial follows –

Surviving from an earlier decade,

But still gripping, entertaining.


Fantails, Jaffas, Smith’s Crisps, Choc-Tops, Coca-Cola

Foods for the “flicks”.

Back to our seats, chattering, unwrapping, crunching.

Lights down. Silence … nearly.

Feature film rolls.



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We have two cinemas.

On High St, near the fruit-shop*,

The Nepean Theatre.

Art Deco elegance,

Dress circle.

Nepean Theatre – Dress Circle foyer – probably 1940’s (photo: Sam Hood. held in State Library of NSW)

It’s “poshness” seems to amplify

The sound & the impact of rolling jaffas.

Louder, more fun.

On Station St, towards Penrith Station.

The Avon Theatre.

Ramshackle & casual.

Functional decor – not decorative.


* There are a few Short memories about the fruit shop – Short Memories 32 to 36. (the link goes to #32)

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