Good footage covering the last night of the Tivoli Theatre in Sydney.
Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
Titles read: 'Sydney. Curtains for the "Tiv"'.
Various shots of neon lights and posters outside Tivoli Theatre. General view of empty auditorium. C/U of old programme with Tivoli Showgirls on front. Commentator lists several artistes who performed there - M/S of actor, singer, variety and film comedian George Formby with a boomerang (looks like clip from feature film). Still of actress Evie Hayes. Film clip of her husband, actor Will Mahoney, signing contract to make a film for Australian newsreel company 'Cinesound'. Will kisses the contract, watched by Ken Hall.
C/U of theatre playbill. C/U of poster showing comic clown Roy Rene, better known as 'Mo'. Library footage of Mo in a park, throwing plates into the air - he turns to camera and says "Flying saucers!".
M/S of pile of theatre programmes - one with comedian Tommy Trinder on the front. Still of pianist Winifred Attwell - footage of Winifred playing fast boogie-woogie number on piano. Several shots of empty auditorium, stage and pit. Cat sits on a chair.
Several shots of Tivoli at night - last night of the theatre. Neon signs, crowds arriving, tickets being torn in half for admittance. Showgirls on stage, riding round on carousel horses on revolving stage, with men in dinner jackets. Applause, streamers and so on as the curtain comes down and goes up during this finale number. Other performers appear on stage. Spotlight on theatre star Queenie Hall in the royal box; she gets up to take a bow.
M/S of electrician throwing light switches. Various shots as houselights go down in the theatre for the last time. Pan across empty auditorium. (Sniff!)