Living and Working in the Theatre

No Food or Drink in the Theater

In the early 20th century, movie theaters wanted to appear refined, so they did not allow food (especially not that messy carnival faire, popcorn). Of course, then as now, some patrons were known to smuggle in candy. This changed during the depression when movie theaters realized concessions were a great way to make more money.

Keystone E 753 Film Projector
This is a home projector from the 1930s, but the ones in the Fallon Theatre operated on the same principle, though they were significantly scaled up. There is a light in the back that the film passes in front of. The lens then focuses the image as the film runs.

Skilled Projectionist Wanted

Every screening relied on a skilled projectionist. They would watch for little markings on the screen, warning them when it was time to switch the rolls of film so the show could go on.

Bob Walker Story

For the Fallon Theatre’s 75th anniversary, the Lahontan Valley News interviewed former projectionist, Bob Walker. Check out what he had to say about the experience by clicking on the news story for a closer look!

There's No Place Like Home: The Fallon Theatre

Tenants Wanted: 2 bed 2 bath Apartment

The Rex Theatre also provided a few people with a really unique experience – living above an active Cinema. Though today much of the second floor is obscured by the marquee, there is an apartment above the lobby. Originally it was for Flood and his family but it has had several lives since. Read about one by clicking the file at right.