The final curtain has fallen on Roy Mudge’s 49-year career as a movie projectionist.
For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Medina resident will sit in a cinema chair to watch one of the Boxing Day blockbusters released today.
After beginning as a 16-year-old assistant at Fremantle’s Princess Theatre in 1964, Mr Mudge spent 21 years at the Rockingham cinema complex on Leghorn Street.
He said he was looking forward to just relaxing and watching a movie, but could not name his favourite Boxing Day flick
“I’ve screened thousands of films over the years. It’s hard to tell which the big ones are,” he said.
“My favourites are musicals and comedies, but they don’t make those types of movies anymore.”
He said as cinema technology had improved over the years, so had the experience for patrons.
United Cinemas chairman Roy Mustaca, who bought the Rockingham complex 18 months ago, said he was looking forward to continuing Mr Mudge’s passion for movies in Rockingham.