Goodbye, Dragon Inn
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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 centers on The Electric in Birmingham, the oldest working cinema in Britain, which was restored by the director Thomas Lawes, who carefully undertook after extensive research prior to re-opening for business. 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.
He is best known for renovating the oldest working cinema in the UK, Electric Cinema, Birmingham, and the documentary The Last Projectionist. He has also directed a feature film Monochrome (2016).