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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Projectionist spotlights memories of the screen By KATHIE Herald Staff Writer Harry Boyse feeds a projector There's one man in Lethbridge who has probably seen the rise and fall of more Hollywood stars than Sam Goldwyn or Jack Warner ever did. Harry now in his is a retired movie pro- jectionist who spent more than 40 years in at least four Lethbridge theatres a kid I was interested in movie pictures because it was a new thing even though the pictures were rather crude compared to their present He Became a projectionist when Alberta got a licens- ing system and has been in the business more than 50 years Before working at the Lethbridge theatres Capitol and Mr Boyse ran projec- tors at Bow Red Stettler and Calgary. He has been a resident of Lethbridge 45 years Crude equipment the early crude equipment was used and the pictures were not very steady on the screen in the late talking pictures came using says Mr Boyse. really kept the projectionists on their toes They never could be sure of exact synchronization of the voices and He said projectionists devised their own ways to pre- vent one from going faster than the other. They had to review all the films before allowing them to go to the public next step in the movie business was the produc- tion of sound on says Mr Boyse. was photographed at the time of action. This method is still used today because it is His favorite movies date back as far as the dummy when The Miracle Man hit the screen Other favorites of many were Hell's Gone With the Wind and Sound of Music. Mr. Boyse says he has no particular favorites today but prefers musicals and comedies the star system has gone by the boards stars were made and glamorized but not anymore aren't dressing up to go to the theatres either They used to attend to see the star but now it's for the says Mr. Boyse. He said a lot of stars have been replaced by producers and writers in attracting people to view the movies have really changed in the movie picture in- says Mr Boyse I have found my years as a projectionist most and with more ups and Mr Boyse is the oldest card carrying member of the projectionists union in the province He was recently presented with a gold-plated life-long honorary membership card from his union for his years of service. Referring to more Mr. Boyse said the movie film has been transposed from nitrate to a type called slow-burning slow-burning film doesn't ignite as quickly or as readily as the old film We always had to be extremely careful with the film because of its high rate of flanv mability Lighting improved lighting system has also been improved at great lengths. Poor lighting was used in the early but to- day a bromide type of light is used. has been the best illuminating light ever giving equal strengths on all says Mr. Boyse. This lighting which guarantees costs a theatre up to to complete the change-over from old to new greatest change I have noted throughout the years is the type of equipment used. the mechanism is much quieter and can stand to its says Mr. Boyse. used to take three years of training to become a qualified projectionist. Now it only takes All the big theatres would only allow projectionists with their first- class certificates to work. Now it seems a second-class ;