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Old 10-12-2002, 09:25 PM
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Max Minerham - “Original worker, deceased, buried in Lae cemetery. Max actually designed the theatre. He was involved in the installation of all the equipment. His duties during the day were to produce the program for us to show at night. Max would join up the anthem advertising trailers for next week, then cartoons, then the main film arrangements. Max always wore a scarf around his neck, he spoke softly, and his writing was quite wriggly.”

The Dutchman – “There was a Dutchman, but I forgot his name. I remember him because it was very difficult to understand what he said.”

The last boss – “The last boss I had was a bit tough on me, so I will not mention his name on principle. He gave me an ultimatum one Friday night to either work for him (stupid) or resign from the Huon Theatre and still keep my day job. My regular job was at Lae Electrical Service. I had to fix a power generator on Suambu plantation (John Goads) that night or they would have no lights, fridges, etc. I was given only two minutes to think about it. This was a problem when I had to do overtime at my regular job, which didn't occur very often at all. I think he didn't like to fill in for me in an emergency. I will let your readers make up their own minds. So I left the Huon Theatre, the job I loved, and still do, which I began while still at high school in Lae.”

Mr Dudgeon still has many fond memories of working in the Huon Theatre including earthquakes, volume problems, and taxis.

“ Earthquakes would affect the screening of a film,” he said.

“ I remember once during a Saturday matinee, there were two shocks that day.

“Sometimes the projectors would have to be re-aligned by adjusting the mounting bolts on the floor.

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