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Old 10-12-2002, 09:30 PM
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“When the film began to roll, the house lights had to be lowered by raising a thumping big rheostat, then switch the curtain motor to open. Don't forget to turn it off or the 50 feet - plus fan belting would burn out.

“Watch for the timing marks at the end of the first reel, then switch over to No. 2 projector, wait for the end of the reel to arrive on the bottom spool, remove it and replace it with reel No. 3, take the first into the rewind room and rewind it so it would be ready for the next nights showing.

“Then do all the same again all through the night until the end of that nights showing.”

Mr Dudgeon was sad to hear that the venerable Huon Theatre was burned down in 1995, marking the end of an era, and that there are no more cinemas in Lae and the whole of PNG for that matter.

Lae with the airport in the centre :
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