ROLLER RINK - VAUDEVILLE - MOVIE PALACE - PLAYHOUSE
it all happened... 

at the Coliseum deLuxe

narrated by Bruce Beresford



- SYNOPSIS - 

A feature length documentary about Australian popular entertainment across 150 years; of Skating and Dancing, Vaudeville and Moving Pictures. It is the story of entrepreneurs and the grand buildings they created; including two that stood side by side for decades and which shared the same name. Buildings that survived due to the grit and determination of the extraordinary women who ran them.
Narrated by Award winning Director Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”, “Ladies in Black”), you will discover a history previously unknown and amazing entertainment; including footage from Australian Cinema that has not seen in public since their original release.
Over 6 years of research by Les Todd and Anthony Buckley created a detailed manuscript about this duo of theatres with the same name, both at the same location. Only one photo of these two Coliseum buildings is known to survive. Using newspaper descriptions and drawings from the time, the venue has been recreated by PTB Screen in 3D to give us glorious visual details about the elaborate interiors of these fabulous theatres. 
They were known collectively as the North Sydney Coliseum. One started as a Biograph Hall named the Coliseum Theatre, which later became Doris Fitton's Independent Theatre. It's neighbour expanded into the North Sydney Coliseum Skating Rink, and later became Sydney’s first true Picture Palace called the Union deLuxe, later managed by Sue Weedon.


Runtime: 74 mins           Colour and B&W          Language: English               Year: 2019


- SCREENING -

Sydney Premiere (+ Q&A)
Sunday 1pm,
3rd November, 2019
Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne 

Melbourne Red Carpet (+ Q&A)
Thursday 6:30pm,
7th November, 2019
Nova, Carlton

Official Trailer
on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=S9cP05qpQ8A

Distributor

- IN CINEMAS -

Sydney: 
> CREMORNE ORPHEUM 
> DENDY, OPERA QUAYS 
    9th Nov +
> DENDY, NEWTOWN 
    9th Nov +
> UNITED CINEMAS, COLLAROY 
    14th Nov +
> CINEMA PARADISO, ETTALONG 
    16th Nov +
> ROSEVILLE CINEMAS 
    16th Nov +
> MAJESTIC, THE ENTRANCE 
    23th Nov +

Canberra:
> DENDY, CANBERRA 
    9th Nov +

Melbourne:
> CINEMA NOVA, CARLTON 
    9th Nov +
> SUN THEATRE, YARRAVILLE
    24th Nov +

Adelaide:
> PICCADILLY THEATRE 
    28th Nov +

2019 Poster

- CREDITS -

ANTHONY BUCKLEY and LES TOD
in association with NATIONAL FILM & SOUND ARCHIVE, AUSTRALIA
Present
“at the COLISEUM de LUXE”

Produced and Directed by ANTHONY BUCKLEY
Co Producer LES TOD
Written by PETER FENTON
Narrated by BRUCE BERESFORD
Film Editor/Associate Producer DANIEL SAW

an ANTHONY BUCKLEY FILM
Distributed by PTB SCREEN

- MEDIA MENTIONS - 


- INDUSTRY COMMENTS -

"a loving valentine to the pioneering days of cinema in this country"
- David Stratton (Film Critic)

"who knew it all started with rinking?"

- Gillian Armstrong (Director)

"amazing insight"

- Ray Lawrence (Director)

"a lovely slice of history well rendered"
- Jim Sharman (Director)

"truly fascinating and enjoyable"
- Sue Milliken (Producer) 

"an important film about the early history of cinema in this country"

- Donald Crombie (Director)

"a terrific film"

- John Misto (Writer)

"so much to learn about Australia’s early cinema history"
- Carol Hughes (Producer)

"the best doco I’ve seen about the history of the Australian film industry"
- John Patterson (Australia Council for the Arts) 


- RELATED HISTORY - 

at the Coliseum deLuxe - feature documentary
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