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Veteran projectionist still threading film at mini theater

Jerry Aratare, 82-year-old operator of the Cinematheque, stands near concessions, which sells all of the usual movie-theater treats.
Jerry Aratare, 82-year-old operator of the Cinematheque, stands near concessions, which sells all of the usual movie-theater treats.
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In 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the White House and the Nazis were goose-stepping through Europe. In North Adams, Mass., 9-year-old Jerry Aratare was sitting in the dark in one of those big old movie theaters with plush seats and a mile-long candy counter in the lobby. It was his first time at the movies, and the film was “Rebecca,” an Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. The movie, which won ...


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