Monday, August 18, 2014

Projectionist Perch

Another holdover from Doors Open. I was in the Mayfair Theatre on that weekend; the first post is here. At the back of the theatre, the projectionist's booth was open for viewing. It was crowded when I peeked in, one of the staff members speaking with a couple of visitors about the equipment in here. It's crowded, as you'd expect out of such spaces, and yet it has touches you expect out of the Mayfair, like movie posters on the walls.


34 comments:

  1. You really made the most of Doors Open!

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  2. Projectors don't look that old, do they need the vents like that

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  3. The theatre looks so grand. How fun to get a look at the projection room.

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  4. So cool. I would love to see that projection room.

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  5. I have always wanted to get inside the projection booth.

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  6. It is always nice to have a look behind the scenes in a theater.

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  7. Open doors really open doors to new and unusual experiences!

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  8. Nice to have a look at places where one normally can't come, but it doesn't seem to be a fine place to work.

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  9. So THAT'S what goes on up there. A very utilitarian looking room.

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  10. @Linda: and yet there were so many other places I could have gone.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Bill: I should have taken a closer look... I recall that they installed a digital projector along with the older one. And only now am I seeing that gap in the wall.

    @Lauren: it's a beautiful space inside the theatre.

    @Stuart: it's a side to a cinema we never do see.

    @Andy: I've occasionally glanced back at those places from inside the theatre.

    @Bieb: and this one's a nice behind the scenes kind of theatre.

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  11. @Tanya: I'm sure the theatre got lots of visitors for Doors Open.

    @Luis: thanks!

    @Merisi: it certainly does.

    @Norma: well, the theatre's been there since the 30s.

    @Jan: it's utilitarian in there, and not for someone with a problem with cramped spaces.

    @Revrunner: yes, quite compact inside.

    @Tex: thanks!

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  12. A behind the scenes peek at the movie business.

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  13. That looks nothing like the projectionist room in the movie theater that I remember from my teen years. I knew someone who worked there, so I got to peek in.

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  14. I've never been in the projectionists booth. How neat!

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  15. Looks like an engine room of some kind!

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  16. I would have loved to visit here William.. the posters add that touch of glamour to where the action happens!

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  17. I have only seen old-fashioned projector at work, these machines look more modern to me!

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  18. That would be so much fun to do. Thanks for commenting on my son's birthday post. He is 6 ft 4 in and I am not sure what height Andy Serkis is 5 ft 8 in.

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  19. Yes, that last sentence is a bit of a mess but I did a search mid sentence. That should just have read "Andy Serkis is 5 ft 8 in."

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  20. @Sharon: I'm glad I kept that one in reserve til now.

    @Judy: I imagine there's a certain amount of differences in any given cinema.

    @Halcyon: thanks!

    @Cheryl: it does!

    @Grace: I wish I could recall what that poster on the wall was for!

    @VP: they did have an old style one down by the stage that day.

    @Denise: You're most welcome!

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  21. I'd love to have gone to the Mayfair. My kids used to go regularly!

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  22. Like Bill Nichols, I'm curious about that venting. But considering how tiny that room is, it's probably necessary.

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  23. I went to the Bloor Cinema during Doors Open here and toured the booth too - it was great to see.

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  24. That doesn't look a thing like the projectors I saw at the theater where I worked while in high school. Of course, that was more decades ago then I think I'll mention.

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  25. Looks very different from years ago!

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  26. Not your average old movie projection but it must have been really interesting!
    Thanks for all your comments and activity on FB during my blackout!

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  27. I am playing catchup so I'm not sure what's going on yet. But I shall soon.

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