VALE – JOHN POLITZER. Written by Don Groves

   John Politzer, a highly respected exhibitor and distributor who was an influential supporter of Australian films, died on Thursday 8th March 2018 after a long illness, aged 83. As Greater Union’s programming manager from 1979 until 1995, he championed dozens of local films including Sunday, Too Far Away, Caddie, Fran, Kitty and the Bagman, Bliss, Praise and Strictly Ballroom.…

Vale Frank Westaway

Dear Cinema Pioneers, Sadly Village veteran and long time Cinema Pioneer Frank Westaway passed away late last week. After many years working for the ABC, Frank commenced doing projection shifts for Village drive-ins and suburban twin cinemas. He spent some time at Boronia Twin and also worked at Frankston Twin, Knox Twin and Clayton and Croydon drive-ins…

Vale Ray Hasse

Dear Cinema Pioneers, I’ve been informed that Hoyts veteran Ray Hasse passed away last Thursday. Ray commenced in the cinema industry with Watermans Theatres who were based in Adelaide. He later transferred to Melbourne as Concessions Manager for Hoyts when they purchased the Watermans operations. Ray and his wife Joan moved back to Adelaide when Ray retired. …

Vale David Aalders

Sadly former Victorian Branch President David Aalders passed away on 16th September (2017). David commenced his career as an assistant projectionist at the old Sunshine Theatre which was operated by George and Roc Kirby. David’s role grew with the company as the number of Village drive-in and hardtop theatres expanded through the 1950s and 1960s.…