There was a lot of fallout from the expensive digital upgrade. The 7 projectionists were forced into redundancies & I was also included on the list. I argued my case & managed to stay for a little while longer, but then I was pretty much forced to resign from the cinema due to upper management’s new approach to my role. The writing was on the wall as they looked at ways to save money to help pay for the $400,000+ digital cinema upgrade. I did the film programming & the graphic design/advertising for the cinema, but they wanted to relegate those duties to the other 3 managers & had already made strides in working towards that direction. My position was doomed as they wanted to cut costs. The last straw for me was when they moved my workspace downstairs to the candy bar & left the lone accountant upstairs with 8 desks in the office. 7 of them now empty. My protestations against this decision was met with indifference & one day I turned up for work to encounter a forced relocation that was stealthily manouvered overnight of my computer, phone & belongings by one of the Japanese managers. Nice!

I won’t go into details, but I could no longer stay in that environment.

But in all honesty, the difficulties encountered on a daily basis in regards to the running of the place was ineptly systemic & increasingly baffling beyond belief.

The Australian staff on the premises are great & I know they feel my pain.


They never actually met, though there have been rumours that Elvis went to Hong Kong to meet him, but it was highlly doubtful. Sadly Bruce died in 1973 before they could actually meet.

Elvis practised Karate, while Bruce originally studied Wing Chun, he deveoped his own style Jeet Kune Do from utilising various methods from several martial art forms.

American Martial Arts instructor Ed Parker was a friend of both Elvis & Bruce.

ENTER THE DRAGON (1973) Sat 3rd October

A Special Event. This will be the official send off to 35mm film for The Edge Cinema.
Seeing as though this film was released 6 days after Bruce Lee’s untimely death on July 26, 1973, we thought it fitting that since 35mm projection will also be dead at the cinema shortly after, that we show his first spectacular entry into Hollywood to go out with a fitting memory to not only Bruce, but the wonders of the 35mm format.

Director Robert Clouse also directed Bruce’s last film Game of Death, Jim Kelly‘s awesomely good Black Belt Jones & Jackie Chan‘s 1st Hollywood film Battlecreek Brawl. And it has a spectacular Lalo Schifrin soundtrack. Bolo smashes it, but it also has ‘spot em if you can’ appearances by Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Yuen Wah (ooh, Eastern Condors anyone) & Jackie himself.

Tickets will be $10 for all.

The resurgence of classic films on the big screen.

It was a scary few months when it was announced that this Melbourne institution might go under & re-emerge as an ‘Arts Complex’. Luckily a nice old businessman saw the potential & helped them survive by purchasing the building & letting The Astor folk continue the cinema as usual.

Worldwide there definitely has been a resurgence in people wanting to visit a cinema to see older titles on a bigger screen than the flat screens we now have at home. This interview with the Astor Theatre’s Tara Judah in a tidy piece on the localised version.
Changing Face of Cinemas

The complexities/financial dilemmas of the entire planet’s cinemas conversion to digital is discussed HERE on a micro-scale with a theatre in Champaign, Illinois.