Vale the Prince Edward
An edition of the nightly 15-minute Network Ten current affairs program Telescope, featuring a story on the last days of the Prince Edward Theatre in Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
Footage includes exterior shots of the theatre, focusing on the facade, and interior shots of the foyer, ticket box and dress circle.
Backstage, interviewer Tony Ward talks to the electrician and the projectionist, both of whom have been with the theatre during most of its 40-year life. He also interviews the manager and highlights the role of the organist.
The Prince Edward Theatre opened on 22 November 1924 with Cecil B DeMille's The Ten Commandments (USA, 1923). It closed on 4 December 1965 with a return season of War and Peace (King Vidor, USA, 1956). Guests of the theatre over the years included Bob Hope and Alfred Hitchcock.
Notes by Stephen Groenewegen