Footscray 1971: Festivities

Footscray 1971: Festivities
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Crowds line the footpath of the Grand Cinema in Footscray. A bicycle’s sign advertises a children’s talent quest grand final. Jack Perry (Zig) and Doug McKenzie (Zag) perform their Zig and Zag clown routine for a crowd of delighted children. The clip ends with Zig and Zag waving to the camera.

The Grand Theatre opened on the site of the Church of Christ on 15 November 1911 (watch footage of the church demolition to make way for the cinema). It remained open until 1987 when it was converted to a bingo club, which itself closed in the mid-2000s to be replaced by several retail stores. Summary by Poppy De Souza