When the UK's oldest working cinema opened in 1909 it took five years to train a projectionist...
A century later it takes less than an hour.

The Last Projectionist charts the amazing history of UK independent cinema, taking a tour of some of the most magical picture houses in the world. The story centres on The Electric in Birmingham, the oldest working cinema in Britain. From its silent beginnings in 1909; to a news and cartoon cinema during WWII; a porn cinema in the 70s & 80s; then saved from demolition and restored to its art deco glory in 2004.

This fascinating, and as yet untold story, is brought to life by former staff, industry experts and customers, one of whom recounts her first visit in 1917. Accompanied by unseen archive and beautifully shot in HD,the film goes on to explore the rapid advance of digital cinema and the likely demise of 35mm film.

Is this really The Last Projectionist?


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“this film is a document worth its weight in gold...
Not to be missed”


"a well-made, fascinating documentary which will delight social historians, thrill cinephiles and enlighten younger generations"
Birmingham Mail

"A celebration of cinematic magic...
a real thought-provoking piece of filmmaking"


“A must for all cinephiles”
Take One

"Beautiful, timely and ever so slightly heartbreaking documentary
Interesting and really beautiful, vibrant film about the
enthralling history of cinema
What I loved most, of the many many things I loved was
that it was a positive film. I love it!"
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio 5

"an entertaining trip down cinema's memory lane"
Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

"IF you remember those double seats, generally used for snogging purposes, in the picture houses of long ago,
you should enjoy Tom Lawes’s affectionate documentary"
Derek Malcolm - Evening Standard

"A lovely jalopy ride around British cinemas."


In UK Cinemas 22nd June 2012

AbbeyGate Picturehouse Bury- 22nd August
Aberystwyth Arts Centre- 24th-25th October
Aldeburgh Cinema Suffolk- October 28th
Alhambra Keswick, Cumbria,
22nd June
Artrix Bromsgrove- 29th September
Barn Cinema, Dartington,
16th July
Barnsley Parkway- 9-10th July
Broadway, Nottingham 2nd August
The Castle, Wellingborough
18th September
Chapter Cardiff- 21st-27th September
Chichester Cinema at New Park,
4th-6th July
Chorley Little Theatre, 18th November
Cinema City Norwich PictureHouse, 22nd-28th June
City Screen Picturehouse, York, 8th & 12th July
Courtyard, Hereford- 18th September
Curzon Community Cinema, 23rd September
Curzon SOHO 14th August with Q&A
Electric Cinema, Birmingham, 22nd-5th June. Q&A 23rd June
Electric Palace, Harwich- 2nd September
Exeter Picturehouse 16th July with Q&A
The Filmhouse Edinburgh- 26th August
Forest Arts Centre, Hampshire,
11th September with Q&A
Garter Lane Arts Centre- 9th September
Glasgow Film Theatre, 9th&10th. Q&A 9th July
Hackney Picturehouse, 29th June-5th July
Harbor Lights Picturehouse, Southhampton, 27th with Q&A
Halisham Pavilion- 5th October
Hebdon Bridge Picture House, West Yorkshire, 22nd July with Q&A
Helmsley Art Centre 1st August
Hyde Park Picturehouse, Leeds.
12th July with Q&A
Ipswich Film Theatre, 10th, 11th August
IVEAGH Movie Studios Banbridge, N.Ireland, 28th June
John Whitgift Film Centre- 4th September
Kendal Brewery Arts Centre, Cumbria, 6th-8th July
Leiston Film Theatre, Suffolk, 1 st-4th July. Q&A 4th July
Light Cinema, Wirral, 25th-28th June
Light House, Wolverhampton, 17th-19th July. Q&A 18th July
Little Theatre Cinema Bath Picturehouse, 22nd-28th June
MAC, Birmingham, 22nd-23rd July
Mareel Shetland Arts- August 19th
No 6 Cinema, Portsmouth- 17th October & Q&A
Phoenix Square, Leicester- 21st-24th September
Phoenix Picture House, Oxford,
29th-5th June
Phoenix Falmouth-  18th September
Plaza Community Cinema, Liverpool, Dates TBC
Plaza, Stockport, 13th July
Regal Theatre Stowmarket - 28th August
The Regal, Wadebridge- 28th October
Robert Burns Centre film theatre, Dumfries- 10th September
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury- 27th September
Savoy Penzance- 16-17th September
Sherringham Little Theatre, Norfolk - 6th November
Stamford Arts Centre- 30th September
Station Cinema Richmond- 9-10th July
Strode Theatre Somerset- 11th September
Royal St Ives- 19th September
The Phoenix, Finchley,
28th June
The Poly, Falmouth, 3rd-4th September
Reading Film Theatre,Dates TBC
The Rex , Berkhamstead 14th August
The Ritz Thirsk
16th September
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 11th July with Q&A

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