Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

We want to tell you what the Russian movie theater of today is. Back in the Soviet time, a movie theater was a special place and for Soviet people watching a movie in a movie theater was a kind of a holiday. Today, people go there just to waste their time away, eat some popcorn and drink beer. In the 90s, movie production, just as other spheres of life, came to a standstill. What’s new about movie theaters now (except for the fact that today it is just business, marketing, commerce, franchising, leasing and kickbacking)? It’s the same good old film and 24 frames per second. Yet, they have introduced a few innovations such as digital movies, 3D-movies and Dolby Digital sound. So, in this post you will find out what Russian movie theaters have come to.

Working At A Movie Theater

Traditionally, they show movie premieres on Thursdays, so on Wednesdays the plane with a new movie on board lands at the airport of the city the movie is going to be shown in. The movie theater sends a courier to pick up the parcel from the storehouse of the airport. Each bag is for one movie.

Working At A Movie Theater

The bag contains two paper boxes.

Working At A Movie Theater

The boxes contain these round metal things with parts of the movie inside. The point is that each movie consists of several parts. As a rule, there are six parts in the movie.

Working At A Movie Theater

Before showing the movie, they stick all its parts together.

Working At A Movie Theater

This lady has been working as a movie checker for over 40 years and she’s going to show us how they stick the movie parts.

Working At A Movie Theater

A spool.

Working At A Movie Theater

The movie checker winds the film arond the spool sticking the parts together.

Working At A Movie Theater

On the film leader of the first part, she writes the name of the movie, its format, the number of parts and the copy number.

Working At A Movie Theater

Winding the first parts of the movie.

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

Then, she cuts off its final leader.

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

With a movie sticky tape, she sticks the first and the second parts of the film together, preliminary cutting off the leader of the second part.

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

Keep winding.

Working At A Movie Theater

Then, she does the same with part number three, four, etc.

Working At A Movie Theater

When the film is ready, they write an accompanying note to stick it to the spool.

Working At A Movie Theater

As for digital movies, including 3D, they arrive in special cases on HDD disks. They are usually DCP-format (Digital Cinema Package) and their size varies from 230 Gb to 350 Gb.

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

After that, the movie copy goes to the projection room where projectionists prepare it for the movie show. The projectionist is the person who makes sure that the movie show goes smoothly and movie theater equipment is in order. This person has to be an electrician, installer, mechanic, etc. Their workday starts at 8 a.m. even though they begin showing movies at 10. Why? Because they have a lot of work to do.

Working At A Movie Theater

This movie theater has 9 showing rooms and all of them need to be checked.

Working At A Movie Theater

Movie copies.

Working At A Movie Theater

This device is called a platter and it is used to show the movie uninterruptedly.

Working At A Movie Theater

The makeup table is used to install the spool on the platter.

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

Meanwhile, cleaning ladies are bringing the showing rooms into order and the administrator and manager are discussing the timetable and other issues.

Working At A Movie Theater

The movie theater is open from 10 a.m. till 2 a.m. so it’s a shiftwork. That is why it is very importand that all documents are in order by the end of each shift.

Working At A Movie Theater

Manager Rustam doesn’t want to be distracted from work.

Working At A Movie Theater

Some time later however, he is showing off his awards and certificates.

Working At A Movie Theater

Let’s go back to the digital movies. Forst of all, they have to be downloaded to the video server.

Working At A Movie Theater

Rrojector setup work.

Working At A Movie Theater

It’s 9.30 and the movie theater is about to open.

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

Also, the manager has to assemble and install carton billboards.

Working At A Movie Theater

Suddenly, the projectionist drops the movie copy which is to be shown in just 20 minutes!

Working At A Movie Theater

Luckily, they’ve managed to fix it in time.

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

This device allows the projectionist not to rewind the film over and over again after each show.

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

The film gets to the projector throught the rollers you see on the walls.

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

Working At A Movie Theater

They have to watch the film all the time because it may go wrong.

Working At A Movie Theater

Moreover, the projection room is large (it’s over 135 m long!) and has a bunch of projectors. Sometimes, the equipment breaks down making the projectionists be on the alert all the time.

Location: Omsk

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