Ever since I first starting going to the movies, I've found myself turning around to look up into the tiny window above the audience. I would imagine the projectionist threading film into a complicated maze of wheels and sprockets, or splicing trailers and reels under the dim light of an editing table, or maybe even staring back at me from the shadowy recesses of that mysterious room.
I always hoped that some day I’d find an excuse to explore and shoot those rooms. But the mission became urgent when I discovered in 2011 that theaters were under pressure to replace film projection with digital. The quaint projection rooms familiar from films like Sherlock Junior and Cinema Paradiso were being replaced with a laptop connected to a box with a lens.
And so for the past couple of years I've carried my camera into those rooms, capturing the strange beauty of the machines and tools and faces of the last remaining film projection booths.
The Booth - Joseph O. Holmes