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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: The cover has light fading to the spine area, and 1 corner has wear and a small crease. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 210 x 298 mm
Pages: 90
Publisher: Millwood Press
Publication date: 1997 first edition


Eighty Turbulent Years: The Paramount Theatre Wellington 1917-1997
By David Lascelles

Eighty Turbulent Years is the history of a unique theatre which has weathered eighty years of change, standing tall and proud in Courtenay Place.

It has survived two world wars, the Depression, earthquakes and the onslaught of television. What makes this theatre unique is that it still carries the original name, stands on the original site, has a single screen house and apart from a six and a half month closure, not counting renovation, has been in continual use. For seven years it was the only picture house in Courtenay Place.

For sixty three of those eighty years the Paramount was an independent theatre, fighting at times for its very existence, battling isolation, monopolisation and product starvation.

The book looks closely at the theatre, its people and entertainment provided along with prevailing changes in social attitudes and public taste.

The history of the Theatre's programmes is told chronologically including the films screened, live performances and vaudeville acts which proceeded the main show, in the early days, and the orchestra and Wurlitzer organ contributions.

Other Wellington theatres are included, briefly, along with early film companies, providing a background of the commercial cinema business of the time.


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