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The Last Projectionist 12a classification

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Genre: Documentary / Historical
Director: Thomas Lawes
Running time: 82 mins
Released: 22nd June 2012


About The Last Projectionist

A documentary about the Electric cinema in Birmingham. Claiming to be the UK's oldest working cinema, its story mirrors that of many other cinemas up and down the country. Accompanied by unseen archive footage, it also explores the likely demise of 35mm film in the new digital age. A popular place after opening in 1909, the Electric suffered a post-war slump and struggled to get people through its doors. In the 1950s it was a cartoon theatre and then an art-house venue, before becoming an adult cinema in the 1970s. It changed owners and names several times before being reborn as a thriving independent cinema in 2004. This fascinating and, as yet untold, story is brought to life by industry experts, former Electric staff and customers – one of whom recounts her first visit in 1917. Some long-serving projectionists give their opinion on the advances in technology as they debate the future of cinema from a personal and professional point of view.


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