It’s Called Showmanship! from Leonard Maltin

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  1. Gary Parks

    Amen, Leonard. Amen, amen, amen!
    When I was part of a group of individuals that presented silent classics at Monterey’s Golden State Theatre in the 1990s, we
    wore walkie talkie headsets which connected the booth with backstage and with the follow spot operator for the organ, since much of the control apparatus for cuing everything from the booth and/or backstage was long gone. At the time we had temporary lighting installed in many of the false windows and coves since the original atmospheric lighting had been disconnected (it has since been restored). We had crimson floods retrofitted in the old disconnected footlight trough to shine on the 1960s mustard-colored curtain to make it appear like red velvet. With our headsets, we’d all be in communication with each other so the lighting would go off, the spotlight would appear on the rising organ console, and the curtains would part, all at the right time.

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