Wife Kim, 53, said: "John was quite ill when he took part in the making of The Last Projectionist
, but he loved every minute of it.
These are just some of the fascinating facts and characters in The Last Projectionist
. We also meet Cyril Barbier, who has spent 28 years building an incredible model of the Odeon in New Street.
The job is particularly suited for night owls as projectionists
usually start work in the afternoon and continue until late at night.
In October 1996, following almost to the letter the tactics Cineplex-Odeon used just months before, the Tutts gave the union representing their 1.5 projectionists
an offer they knew it would reject - essentially no guaranteed hours and a 23 per cent wage reduction for any hours worked.
A CUNARD cinema projectionist
is the subject of a short film himself as part of Liverpool's celebrations for the shipping line's 175th anniversary.
THE LAST PROJECTIONIST
(12A) Verdict:BIRMINGHAM'S Electric Cinema owner Tom Lawes not only saved the country's oldest movie theatre from collapse in 2004, but he has turned it into a thriving exhibition business and filmmaking arm, too.
His model will be featured in The Last Projectionist
, a documentary film about the changing technology of cinemas.
He wanted to better balance the film's twin themes - cinema history in general and the Electric's history in particular - and the way they are wrapped around his main thrust, that we're nearing the end of the road for traditional projectionists
at cinemas everywhere.
And it is Symon Culpan, a projectionist
at the National Media Museum, who was called on when the theatre had to find outside help to get the projector working again.
After Mr Wood was taken ill in April, dedicated staff have been determined to keep the cinema going, not least projectionist
the very best projectionists
are master troubleshooters, drawing on an arcane assortment of engineering tricks and archaic knowledge.
Positions include floor staff, sales staff, senior administrators, cashiers, projectionists