Eddie Muller 
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Re: “Alameda Labor Dispute Hinges on Skills of Projectionists

This is an age-old quandary regarding unionized labor being squeezed out by new technology. I have no doubt that Mr. Conner does not want to negotiate a union contract for fear that he'll then be "stuck" with a unionized theater when digitial projection finally becomes a reality. In the meantime, I have been to the theater twice and suffered through projection problems both times. Other people I've talked to have complained as well, including one person who had to endure a 15-minute malfunction in the middle of "Iron Man." The print of that film that I saw was already scratched and had pieces missing only three days after the film opened! "Plattering" films, as all theaters do (except some rep cinemas) already guarantees the prints will sustain some damage, making it all the more important that the projectionsts know how to properly handle films. The interminable gaps that come with malfunctions are due to the theater requiring one projectionist to be responsible for several screens simultaneously; not impossible for a trained professional, but a recipe for disaster using regular employees pulling double duty. It's a shame that such a spectacular cosmetic renovation is flawed right at the core of the moviegoing experience -- the actual screening of the films. Count me (an Alamedan) out as a customer until Mr. Conner (and Mayor Johnson) do the right thing and hire union professionals.

Eddie Muller
Alameda

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Posted by Eddie Muller on 07/30/2008 at 1:11 PM

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