Archive, Australian cinema, paper, Robert James Lucas, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1927-1987
The archive includes high quality commercial photographic prints of now demolished cinema interiors such as 'The Regent' / 'Plaza Talkies' (Melbourne) and files that record the debate regarding the introduction of drive-in cinemas in Australia.
There are also documents that illuminate the donor's life long career and development in cinema exhibition. The period covered by the archive demonstrates the changing culture in the presentation, promotion and technology of theatrical exhibition - ranging from the richly illustrated and quirky 1930s Loew's theatre management training manual to prospectuses for new theatre multiplex developments of the 1980s.
The archive includes material that supports the objects acquired in conjunction with it - in particular documents detailing the standards of exhibition service delivery and maintenance.
There are also industry journals and other documents and photographs that chart the donor's activities and associations within the cinema industry and records of the donor's trip to the 1954 Academy Awards ceremony.