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Graham Ritchie
Film God

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From: New Zealand
Registered: Feb 2006


 - posted June 15, 2013 05:14 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A few months ago my daughter told me there were a number of X cinema seats for sale on the internet being sold locally, starting bid $50. I thought "why not" and give it a go, thinking I dont stand a chance. My big surprise was a few days later I won it, 35 seats, for that $50 dollar bid. My wife went nuts [Frown] what do you want those seats for?....well I blamed my daughter for putting me onto them....got to blame somebody [Wink] .

Anyway picked them up and as I suspected, they came from a local cinema closed and demolished from earthquake damage and it turned was the X manager, who later told me he went back only to find the projectors and eveything else being demolished.

The wrecking people told him to take what he wanted, so he took as many seats as he could. It was a real shame to hear from him what they did to that place "it was a really nice cinema"....anyway a few months ago I fitted some seats, the rest I hope to persuade a nearby museum to set up something and they can have the rest.

There you have it..old seats...old projectors...old projectionist....what next... retirement home for 35mm projection gear...if.. [Roll Eyes]
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...grandson Connor....

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Hugh Thompson Scott
Film God

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From: Gt. Clifton,Cumbria,England
Registered: Jan 2012


 - posted June 15, 2013 07:03 PM      Profile for Hugh Thompson Scott   Email Hugh Thompson Scott       Edit/Delete Post 
Graham,with your skills as a showman you'll be needing more of the same, going by the pic of young Connor, that's a happy patron.

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Jonathan Trevithick
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Gold Coast Australia
Registered: May 2012


 - posted June 15, 2013 08:41 PM      Profile for Jonathan Trevithick   Email Jonathan Trevithick   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Great looking seats, Graham!

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Pasquale DAlessio
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From: Bristol,RI, USA
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 - posted June 15, 2013 10:18 PM      Profile for Pasquale DAlessio   Email Pasquale DAlessio   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I love your story's. But still waiting for your video.

Pat

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Pete Richards
Master Film Handler

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From: Australia
Registered: Sep 2010


 - posted June 17, 2013 10:59 PM      Profile for Pete Richards   Email Pete Richards   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Oh man, I would have killed to get a hold of the 35mm projection gates etc. The seats are great!

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Graham Ritchie
Film God

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From: New Zealand
Registered: Feb 2006


 - posted June 18, 2013 06:21 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks [Smile]

Pat....the video, what was it? I cant remember [Roll Eyes] I cant do much anyway the "camcorder" I had packed up...so thats that for a while.

I cant help feel a bit sad that so much film stuff, projectors etc have been replaced by digital. Its certainly the end of an era.

One new art house cinema has just opened here in the city, but its just "video projectors" no film at all [Frown] In the future the only place you might see film running, will be in someone garage or home cinema. Its a shame in a way, there should be a small "working" cinema in a museum, or somewhere where folk can still get the "WOW" thats interesting factor.

Graham.

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Pete Richards
Master Film Handler

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From: Australia
Registered: Sep 2010


 - posted June 18, 2013 07:15 PM      Profile for Pete Richards   Email Pete Richards   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Well, I think most countries have a film archive that usually has a working cinema as a part of it.
It makes me sad walking past our town's beautiful Art Deco cinema, that has been closed for the last 5 years as they can't find a buyer for it.
Anyone got $900,000 they don't need?

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