Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tales from the (Movie) Theater: Part 6

Continuation of the series--see Intro, parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5:


After only a few months of working without too much incident (mostly the closing shifts) at the Huntington Park Warner, big changes came to the theater, and my way. Even though I started off as the newly minted projectionist, the low wages contributed to the one prominent trend of my tenure there: turnover. It didn't take long for the middle guy to leave. So in a short time, I was no longer the lowest man on the totem pole. Unbelievably, I became the second most senior tech there (right behind my younger brother, the lead projectionist).

The rest of the chapter has been updated and relocated to my current blog, found here.

Next Up: Surprise! (Part 7)

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  1. Good stuff, you may need an agent, I see a screen play. Along the flavor of "My Favorite Year".
    Maybe you have an agent, I hear everyone in Southern Cal does.

    Lets do lunch.

  2. I'll have my people call your people ;-). La Boheme, or shall we try Il Cielo? Too funny, HnL. Many thanks :-).

  3. I can't imagine what kind of trouble you could get into, once your brother wasn't looking over your shoulder any longer...

  4. You're stringing me along! I love these posts! I especially like the part in this one about the soft-core movies not stimulating the concessions...hehehe, I hope not!

    We always had to explain, too, about how approximately 10 cents of every movie TICKET actually stayed with the theater and all the rest went back to the movie makers. Of course $5.25 for an evening show seems laughable these days!!

  5. Corey: it did feel like I started working without a net when it happened. Anyway, I need to get this recorded in some form before The Langoliers come to take that theater, and me, out. [which reminds me, I think my brother, and his kids, are following this now]

    Jen: I think when we showed those movies, none of the guys that came wanted to go to the concession stand because the girls working there were likely around their daughter's ages. The girl I as dating at the time said the Mexican star in them was a terrible actress, too. Go figure ;-).

    I wish I only had to pay $5.25 for a movie ticket, today. Back then, I think we charged $2/ticket - and that was for a double feature!

    Thank you both for your comments.