I've frequently drawn attention to the dwindling number of projectionists in our cinemas and the awful danger of them disappearing altogether.

I recently went along to their annual gathering to present an award and meet some of the last members of this esteemed profession...

Related Posts on Kermode Uncut
Projecting The Future
The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex

Mark's reviews on 5 live
Take your pick from Mark's A-Z

Hear Mark Kermode review the week's new films every Friday from 2pm on BBC Radio 5 live. Kermode & Mayo's Film Review is also available as a free podcast to download and keep.

Comments

This entry is now closed for comments.

  • Comment number 31. Posted by 16mm

    on 4 Aug 2012 23:14

    I saw the movie in digital projection,but I wanted to see in imax,unfortunately I don't have imax cinema in my country.
    The movie is great,a big puzzles,big show,in fact everything is big.
    Voice of Bane was quite clear,and I don't see the problem.Most complain are the people which is the English major language.
    The dark knight rises is the movie who shouldn't gonna be a slave to technology.

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 31: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 31: 0
    Loading…
  • Comment number 30. Posted by eric evans

    on 23 Apr 2012 19:49

    I've never worked with digital projection, but I would not call inserting a reel upside down in the middle of a feature a mistake. This is pure negligence and I cannot understand how it can happen, no matter if one reel may be wound opposite to all the others on arrival at the cinema, and possibly with the leaders and tails on the wrong ends, you check and check again.
    I've made mistakes in my 50 years, such as missing the odd change over, after all you only had to sneeze and blink your eyes and it was end of reel 1 !

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 30: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 30: 0
    Loading…
  • Comment number 29. Posted by I_am_I

    on 18 Jan 2012 21:48

    I haven't been to the cinema since '96 and I have to say I am utterly amazed at the poor quality of service you people are actually prepared to accept from cinemas these days. Films with the wrong aspect ratio; films shown with the lights still on, all through the film; cinemas showing the wrong film! If this were any other service sector offering such shoddy customer service, you would demand your money back. Why don't you? As long as the industry thinks they can get away with all these failings, the lack of projectionists will be the least of your problems; things will only get worse, as indeed appears to be the case.

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 29: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 29: 0
    Loading…
  • Comment number 28. Posted by brian t

    on 17 Jan 2012 13:27

    You seem to have struck a nerve with the projectionist at the Irish Film Institute - he has a (positive) response here: http://irishfilminstitute.blogspot.com/2012/01/is-there-anybody-out-there.html

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 28: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 28: 0
    Loading…
  • Comment number 27. Posted by Ciaran

    on 6 Jan 2012 00:29

    Dear Mark,

    Thanks for bringing our attention to this issue, of which I'm sure most of use were unaware.

    On a totally different note, I was recently watching Inside the Actors Studio with Matt Damon and of course the topic came up of Good Will Hunting and the precedent set by Sylvester Stallone with Rocky by which they were able to star in the very movie they wrote, despite being relative unknowns.

    As a budding screenwriter, although not interesting in acting, I'd love to see you do a piece about people who have broken into the business by starring in the very movies which they've written. I'm sure there are more examples than just these two.

    Cheers,
    Ciaran

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 27: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 27: 0
    Loading…
  • Comment number 26. Posted by Eric Moore

    on 5 Jan 2012 18:09

    Gawd bless yer Guv'nor. Good to see you there and great to be able to thank you for supporting us. And allowing me a slightly tipsy Silent Running waffle.
    You're a gent and no mistake.

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 26: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 26: 0
    Loading…
  • Comment number 25. Posted by Huseyin

    on 5 Jan 2012 17:03

    "A building without a projector is not a cinema it's a sweet shop with a video. "

    Quote of the year.

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 25: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 25: 0
    Loading…
  • Comment number 24. Posted by Howie

    on 5 Jan 2012 13:44

    Good for you Mark! The projectionists are lucky to have you fighting their corner.

    Its very sad that yet again technology (however cost effective and clever it is) is threatening the demise of a superior art, even books aren't safe from this digital obsession with the release of tablets. Where will this end!

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 24: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 24: 0
    Loading…
  • Comment number 23. Posted by Brian - New Forest

    on 4 Jan 2012 22:59

    @20 Dr. K did a top 11 for 2011 which you can get on the Dec 30th podcast:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/kermode

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 23: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 23: 0
    Loading…
  • Comment number 22. Posted by chronax

    on 4 Jan 2012 17:53

    I am lucky that my two local Edinburgh cinema haunts have a projectionist. I miss this when I do as often also venture to the Odeon etc. Problems in either are rare but you need someone qualified to do so when it occurs. Such declines first came in with banishing of in screen ice cream seller, then went the ushers, and so it goes.

    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of positive ratings for comment 22: 0
    • This entry is now closed for comments. Number of negative ratings for comment 22: 0
    Loading…
More comments

More Posts

Previous

Next