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Beam me up Watty

posted 5 Dec 2011, 08:57 by David Rintoul   [ updated 5 Dec 2011, 09:00 ]

He learned his craft in the early days of the “talkies” and brought the silver screen to life during the glory days of cinema, when Edinburgh boasted 34 picture houses.

A projectionist since 1928, Walter Chapman had seen Clark Gable classic Gone With The Wind 230 times and reckoned he’d shown 500 million feet of film to cinema-goers.

The ABC cinema on Lothian Road where he’d worked for 15 years was to convert to three screens. Soon other cinemas would also close to make way for the new breed of multiplexes.

This week it emerged that Edinburgh is to enter a new cinematic era, with the arrival of the first IMAX.