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Published May 14th 2013
Enjoy 35mm reel film before they disappear
I had the rare opportunity to go inside the projection room of the Cygnet Cinema. Normally only the projectionist is allowed into this small secret room.
This room is naturally at the back of the cinema, upstairs. Patrons sitting in the last row may even hear the sound of reel film running through the projector during the film screening. Older patrons would fondly remember the anticipation before the film starts as the projector starts to wind the film through.
35mm film is still used but as it is very heavy, the actual film is received in two halves. The two parts are then spliced together using a splicer cutter and invisible tape to join back together. When the film needs to be returned to the distributor it is then cut in the middle again before packing and shipping away.