Film projectionists in the digital age

Earlier this year, I wrote about how the advent of sound ended the careers of many silent film musicians who’d long been employed in Toronto movie houses. I expand on the sometimes turbulent history of labour relations in exhibition by looking at modern-day film projectionists and how they’re coping with the digital age. Originally published by The Globe & Mail in November, 2011. The lobby of the 97-year-old Fox Theatre in the Beaches is decorated with classic…

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The Fox Theatre in 1934

The Fox Theatre in 1934

  In this weekend’s Globe & Mail, I examined how the digital conversion currently underway in several Toronto cinemas is affecting film projectionists. The Fox Theatre in the Beaches recently converted to 2k digital cinema projection, but here it is in 1934 — simpler times — when it was known as the Prince Edward Theatre. On the bill that day was Wheeler & Whoolsey’s Cockeyed Cavaliers. The canopy shadowing Queen St., installed upon its opening…

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Classics From the Vault presents Dinner at Eight

Classics from the Vault presents Dinner at Eight (1933, USA, 111mins, 14a) Directed by George Cukor Starring Jean Harlow, Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery Written by Frances Marion Based on the play by George S. Kaufman In the 1930s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios was billed as having “more stars than there are in heaven,” and they made full use of them in Dinner At Eight, which features the likes of Jean Harlow, Canada’s own Marie Dressler,…

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Classics From the Vault presents King Kong!

The Eighth Wonder of the World returns to Toronto screens for One Nite Only! Plus shorts, cartoons and prizes from Rue Morgue Magazine! Thursday, February 24! 7PM The Fox Theatre (2236 Queen St. E at Beach Ave.) KING KONG (1933) Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack Starring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot and KONG Written by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace 100 mins | 16mm Call it a love story,…

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Classics From The Vault Presents Swing Time

Fred and Ginger return to Classics From The Vault at the Fox Theatre, our celebration of seldom-seen titles from the ’30s and ’40s, this upcoming Thursday, December 16th at 7PM! SWING TIME (1936) Directed by George Stevens Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor More Featuring songs by Jerome Kern 103 min. | PG In their sixth screen collaboration, Astaire plays “Lucky” Garnett, a gambler and dancer who must raise $25 000 to win back the…

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