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  2. This 12-minute film created by Joseph O. Holmes features clips from 50 different films that take place in a projection booth, from Buster Keaton's "Sherlock, Jr." all the way up to Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds.

    The short debuted at the Redstone Theater at The Museum of the Moving Image on October 4, 2013, as part of the opening reception for Holmes's "The Booth: The Final Days of Film Projection," an exhibition of photographs which continues through January 2014

    39 images from his still-photo project "The Booth" can be viewed on his portfolio site:
    *The short was originally drawn from 45 different films. This newer version 1.2 (December 2013) adds 30 seconds and clips from five additional films suggested by the commenters here.

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  3. We used to love going to Minerva in Broadway — a small, beautiful theatre that screened some of the best films. We always walked back home after the late night show because there was no transport and by the end of the month, we didn’t have the money”-Singeetham srinivasa rao(Indian Film Director)

    “We never went to restaurants or cafes because it was a question of money. Minerva was the only small AC theatre around showing English films. “-K.Balachander(Indian Film Director)

    Minerva Theater, established by W.H. Murch in 1916 during the British rule of India is the oldest and the first A/C theater of madras (Chennai,India). The cinema hall has 294 seats. Minerva had an exclusive contract with Paramount Pictures for several years running, making it the number one destination in the city for those who wanted to watch English feature films. It was the only theater in madras which screened world class movies. Also it was the first to run ‘Adults Only’ features, strictly enforcing the age code. Minerva had strict rules that people with dresses other than trousers were not allowed inside. The theater, operational right from the British rule was once dubbed as the "Coolest and Most Comfortable theater in the Presidency". But its glorious reign came to an end in the mid-1970s. I entered the cinema hall bearing in my mind, the rich history that the theater has to offer. But all semblances of a past glory vaporize when one steps inside. Like so many other theaters in Chennai, Minerva too has fallen in to times of despair. The seats are infested with algae, torn and broken. The ambiance inside is putrefying. Dust laden aisles, rusted buckets and sleepy looking people welcome me as I enter the hall. It becomes evident at the very moment that the theater is a picture of decay and disintegration. The people who come there to watch the movies are unlike any other. Daily laborers, drunkards, dope addicts unable to bear the scorching heat take refugee in the comparatively cooler interiors of the theater. My intentions through these photographs have been entirely to document the present, transient state of the once glorious cinema hall. Maybe within the coming months, Minerva may have to be entirely destroyed to facilitate a high rise building or a mall but the fact is, it still stands and shares with it a momentous piece of history. I would like to humbly celebrate and reflect the same through this medium.

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  4. Here is a montage of some shots I recently took while working on a fundraiser documentary for the Lansdowne Historic movie theater, in Lansdowne, PA.

    I shot this on the Canon 5D.

    For more information about the theater visit:

    Music Credit:
    The Books
    Thought for Food
    "Read, Eat, Sleep"

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  5. I was allowed into the projection room at a local movie theater to do some tests with lens whacking (which is where the crazy lens flares come from) and macro video. I wanted to make an abstract sort of thing, with a 16mm look.

    Canon 5D mkII
    Nikon 35-70mm F mount Lens
    Canon 50mm Macro
    Kessler CineSlider

    Final Cut Pro
    Magic Bullet Looks

    "A Familiar Taste" - From 'The Social Network' soundtrack

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Angel Manuel Fernandez Corral

"Sepan aquellos que no estan al corriente
que el Roxy, del que estoy hablando, fue
un cine de reestreno preferente
que iluminaba la plaza de Lesseps.
Echaban NO-DO y dos péliculas de esas
que tu detestas y me chiflan a mi,
llenas de amores…

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"Sepan aquellos que no estan al corriente
que el Roxy, del que estoy hablando, fue
un cine de reestreno preferente
que iluminaba la plaza de Lesseps.
Echaban NO-DO y dos péliculas de esas
que tu detestas y me chiflan a mi,
llenas de amores imposibles y
pasiones desatadas y violentas.
Villanos en cinemascope.
Hermosas damas y altivos
caballeros del sur
tomaban el té en el Roxy
cuando apagaban la luz.
Era un tipico local de medio pelo
como el Excelsior, como el Maryland
al que a mi gusto le faltaba un gallinero
con bancos de madera, olindo a zotal.
mirandose en sus ojos claros
y el patio de butacas
apaludio con frenesí
en la penunbra del Roxy
cuando ella dijo que sí
Yo fui uno de los que lloraron
cuando anunciaron su demolición
con un cartel de: "Nuñes y Navarro
próximamente en este salón"
En medio de una roja polvareda
el Roxy dio su ultima finción
y malherido como King-Kong
se desplomó la fachada en la acera
y en su lugar han instalado
la agencia número 33
del Banco Central
Sobre las ruinas del Roxy
juega al palé el capital
Pero de un tiempo acá, en el banco, ocurren cosas
a las que nadie encuentra explicación
Un vigilante nocturno asegura
que un transatlantico atraveso el hall
y en cubierta Fred Astaire y Ginger Rogers
se marcaban "el continental"
Atravesó la puerta de cristal
y se perdió en dirección a Fontana
Y como pólvora encendida
por Gracia y por La Salud
esta corriendo la voz
que los fantasma del Roxy
son algo más que un rumor.
Cuentan que al ver a Clark Gable en persona
en la cola de la ventanilla dos
con su sonrisa ladeada y socarrona,
una cajera se desparramó
Y que un oficinista de primera, interino
sorprendió al mismisimo Glenn Ford
en el despacho del interventor
abofeteando a una rubia platino
Asi que no se espante, amigo,
se esperando el autobus
le pide fuego George Ralt
Son los fantasma del Roxy
que no descansan en paz"
Joan Manuel Serrat.

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