The Last Projectionist (Lawes, 2011): Riverside Studios, 7pm
Time Out introduction:
This British documentary looks to be plugging into a major change in our
cinema landscape: the end of traditional, 35mm projection in favour of
digital projection, which is cheaper and requires less skill. The film
hones in on Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, which, founded in 1909, claims
to be the country’s oldest cinema – although that’s a claim that a
number of venues regularly make. The film features interviews with both
staff old and new and customers, again old and new, who recount their
experiences of visiting the place over the years. It will be interesting
to see whether the film trades purely on nostalgia or whether it offers
important analysis of the changing face of cinema exhibition.
Here's an article on the background to the film from the Guardian.