Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Encore for Old Theatre Pianola

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Encore for Old Theatre Pianola

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JANELLE MCLENNAN

janelle.mclennan@northernstar.com.au

A PIANOLA that created the musical backdrop for hundreds of silent films at Casinoas first movie theatre has found its way back home.

The Casino Historical Society saved the Everard Double Headed Photo Player from a trip to the tip after receiving an SOS from the Gold Coast.

Historical society president Bob Moran said the pianolaas owner Ken Beech, of Burleigh Heads had rescued the vintage instrument from a date with the crusher about 10 years earlier.

It had apparently been one of a number of unsold items at a large auction of movie theatre equipment and memorabilia and would have been sent to landfill had he not stepped in.

Mr Beech planned to restore the old pianola, but never got around to it.

It stayed stored in a mateas shed until last week when he was forced to find a new home for it or send it to the tip following the sale of his friendas home.

Mr Beech contacted the Casino Historical Society to see if members were interested in taking the pianola for its collection after learning its working life had been spent at Casinoas Rink Theatre. …

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