Projectionists at the Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre

From left to right: Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre projectionists and operators Earl Winslow, Phil Ristow, Charles Sturgess and Charles Hallett pose for the January, 1946 issue of Lo!, the Loew’s Inc. employee magazine, which was in its second year of publication. Winslow was the veteran of the bunch, having manned the booth on the Yonge St. theatre’s opening  night in December, 1913; “select photoplays” by Selig, Pathe and Biograph were shown.

Long-lasting tenures weren’t uncommon at the time. Jules Bernstein, a veteran of the Loew’s circuit in New York, was managing director of the Yonge St. Theatre from its first month of operation until ill health forced him to retire in 1944. Bernstein, a consumate showman who considered Joan Crawford “particularly loathsome,” is pictured here, sitting between Division Manager Charles Kurtzman and Loew’s Yonge St. manager J.H. Clarke.

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