80 Year Old Projectionist to retire
BRIDGWATER, SOMERSET, ENGLAND — Ray Mascord, a UK Projectionist, is retiring after 67 years in the booth at Scott Cinema. He plans to enjoy his lifetime pass in the new digital cinema.
His heyday, he says, was in the 1950s when wide-screen CinemaScope was introduced with an early form of surround sound. Mascord loved the big musicals – Oklahoma! and Carousel – and the packed houses every night. As a young man, he also enjoyed the view from his booth of the canoodling on the back row.
“I used to say, ‘Aye-aye, where are you putting your hands? Watch it mate!’” he recalls.
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