The Projectionist

Directed by Abel Ferrara

Year: 2019
Running Time: 81
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Country: U.S., Greece
Language: English and Greek with English subtitles
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The Projectionist

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Directed by Abel Ferrara


This documentary portrait of theater operator Nicolas “Nick” Nicolaou moves from 1970s Times Square adult film houses through decades of city regulation, chain takeovers, and cultural shifts, charting a charming odyssey through the history of film exhibition and New York City. Abel Ferrara traces the life and work of friend and fellow cinephile Nicolas “Nick” Nicolaou, a Cypriot immigrant who began working as a teenager in small neighborhood movie theaters around Manhattan, defying gentrification, changing viewing habits and corporate dominance in the 1980s, only to emerge decades later as one of New York City's last independent theater owners. A moving tribute to friendship, tenacity and the love of cinema, The Projectionist is also a timely paean to what going to the movies is all about.

Reviews

"The Projectionist is not so much a hidden history of the movies as one that shines a light on an underground culture, fighting for survival, then and now."

"A warm and inspiring immigrant story."

"The documentary excels as kind of cultural microcosm, rich in its broader implications."

"Makes a strong case that [Nicolaou], and people like him, are more in tune with the soul of the city than the big businesses could ever be."



Awards

  • Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
The Tull Family Theater Sewickley 1604030400October 30 - November 5, 2020
Burns Court Cinemas Sarasota 1602820800October 16 - October 22, 2020
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1602820800October 16 - October 22, 2020
Avalon Atmospheric Theater Milwaukee 1602216000October 9 - October 15, 2020
FilmBar Phoenix 1601611200October 2 - October 8, 2020
Davis Theater Chicago 1601611200October 2 - October 8, 2020
Zeitgeist Arts Center New Orleans 1601611200October 2 - October 8, 2020
Cedar Lee Theatre Cleveland 1601611200October 2 - October 8, 2020
Apollo Theatre Oberlin 1601611200October 2 - October 8, 2020
Rodeo Cinema Oklahoma City 1601611200October 2 - October 8, 2020
Screening Room - Kingston Kingston 1601611200October 2 - October 8, 2020
Fox Theatre Toronto 1601611200October 2 - October 8, 2020


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