Jim Gorrie

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Jim
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Gorrie
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Interview Number: 
69
Interview Date(s): 
28 Nov 1988
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Duration (mins): 
120

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BEHP 0069 S Jim Gorrie synopsis.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF THE INTERVIEW WHICH FOLLOWS, BELOW.

Born in London, left school at 14 started in the Projection Box at Uxbridge (The Royal) for 15 shillings per week. He talked about the days when most of the large cinemas had stage shows before the 'big picture’. He talks with nostalgia about those days and his various moves around the different ‘local' cinemas. Called up into the navy finishing up on "Dome Trainers" where he trained ‘ack,ack! gunners for the Merchant} Navy etc. It was here in Bristol that he met many of the Technicolor personel, as the "Trainer" was a system developed by Technicolor, who also supplied the prints that were used. On leaving the Navy he was offered a job at Technicolor were he remained until his retirement. Working as a Projectionist in the various depts. He has some very interesting comments to make about the "projection"of films in London cinemas, which he visited to advise or to follow up complaints about the quality of Technicolor prints. He talks at some length of his ACTT activities. He deplored the changing attitude of managements towards their staff, the complete disappearance of the ‘family spirit' at Technicolor.

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