Burnham-On-Sea cinema projectionist returns after 70 years
former projectionist at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has revisited
the facilities 70 years to the day since he began work there.
Smith visited the Ritz in Victoria Street this week where he was
given a tour of the facilities by current owner Pat Scott.
was shown the modern projection room where the high-tech digital
equipment is now used to show todays films.
said: "It is a very impressive set-up, but I think I would
struggle with the modern technology and am amazed that once the
film has started the equipment does everything else automatically."
Pat said that John is always a welcome visitor at The Ritz and
will always have a complimentary ticket.
John began work at the cinema in November 1942 and worked there
as projectionist until the cinema closed in 1974.
says the first film he showed was Old Mother Rileys Circus
starring Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane and the final film was
Young Winston directed by Richard Attenborough and starring
Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft and Simon Ward.
John Smith at Burnhm's Ritz Cinema with Pat Scott in the Projection
Room (Pics Andy Bewer)