BEFORE the arrival of television, the picture theatres at Thirroul, Bulli and Corrimal were the place to watch the Melbourne Cup.
Viewers were treated to the first ever “photo finish” when they gathered at the district’s theatres in 1948. The year also seen the youngest jockey win the race at just 15 years old. Rimfire, an 80-1 outsider, beat Dark Marne, just. Without the photo evidence the race could have easily gone to the other rider or ended in a dead heat. The South Coast Times Thursday 4 November 1948:
Throughout Australia, work practically cease for some minutes on Tuesday afternoon when the Melbourne Cup was run. A special film of the race was shown last night at the Crown and Savoy Theatres, Wollongong, and the Strand at Corrimal. To-night (Thursday) the film will be repeated at the Crown and Savoy and will also be shown at the Whiteway, Port Kembla. At the Strand, Bulli and Kings, Thirroul, the film will be shown tomorrow (Friday) night and also on Saturday.