Fred Foley remembers working as a projectionist at the Capital cinema
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 25th July 2012 by Jenny Porter
Fred Foley remembers working as a projectionist at the Capital cinema, or the ‘Cappy’, while he was still at school. He remembers the two big projection machines and how he was taught how to use it by the Chief Projectionist.
Interviewee: Fred Foley
Interviewee Gender: Male
Fred: The other end of Overbury Street there was a Snooker Hall; have you heard about the Snooker Hall?
Fred: There was a Snooker Hall opposite the â€˜Cappyâ€™ pictures and just round the corner by Edge Hill Church Paddington another one of the picture houses called the â€˜Paddyâ€™ so the picture houses were the â€˜Cappyâ€™, the â€˜Tunneyâ€™ and the â€˜Paddyâ€™.
And the Paddy was just like benches and youâ€™d go in and youâ€™d pay your money and youâ€™d get shoved along the bench, and all the oldâ€¦all the old..things you know used to be on there. The road films they used to have all of them, whatâ€™s a name, â€˜The Road to So and So..â€™ there used to be â€˜The Road to Baliâ€™ â€˜The Road toâ€¦ (indecipherable)
Jenny: Oh yeahâ€¦yeahâ€¦So whenâ€¦you were telling me before you were a projectionist at theâ€¦
Fred: Oh yeah a projectionist at the
Fred: At the Cappy yeah, I was projectionist. I was â€¦I was only about fourteen I was still at school I was still studying for my GCSEs, it was GCEâ€™s then, itâ€™s GCSEs now, it was GCE them daysâ€¦I was doing them and I started working as a projectionist in there and I had two machines and the chief projectionist started showing me the job and I learnt how to swap the machines over, I donâ€™t know how they do it now, they had two machines, two meks they called it, machines and youâ€™d have reels and the reels used to get delivered every week and youâ€™d put the reel in wind it through start the machine and thatâ€™d run for about twenty minutes and youâ€™d see in the right hand corner a light would flash you know a â€¦thingâ€¦Do you know about this?
Fred: The light would come on and youâ€™d have a sec…er a minute to go so youâ€™d start the other machine off and youâ€™d have to do a swap then from one machine to the other machine, then take that film it and rewind it and any break or anything like that youâ€™d have to cut it and splice it.
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