April 19, 2010 3:00 am
I started as a projectionist 21 years ago and I'm now responsible for the day-to-day technical running of the [UK's most famous] cinema. This means everything from dealing with handymen to working with directors and producers when their films premiere here.
Every premiere needs to be rehearsed - we often start two weeks prior to the event. The directors will come in with their team and watch the film and scrutinise it for things like colour gradient and brightness. If they are not happy with how it looks, we adjust it.
I worked with James Cameron for the Avatar premiere and I've also worked with Ridley Scott and Michael Mann. We do all the James Bond premieres, too.
There are a lot of security issues. Big stars tend to bring their own people, although we also have in-house security. Security is at its tightest when we do royal premieres - you get police and sniffer dogs looking for bombs and we have to work with them.
The cinema's technology ranges from the very old to the very new. We've got an organ called "The Duchess" that dates from 1937 which rises up in front of the screen. But we've also switched over to digital projection.
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