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Tom Fowler - Fremont Theatre chief of staff

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NEW TIMES: How old is the Fremont Theatre?

FOWLER: It was built in 1942 and has been used as a movie theatre ever since. It’s been through some changes and upgrades, but all the art deco work is original.

NEW TIMES: Do you still use film reels?

FOWLER: No, the movies come on hard drives that plug into a projector.

NEW TIMES: What are some of the most memorable movies you’ve shown?

FOWLER: I wasn’t here for the Star Wars films, but Spider Man and Pirates of the Caribbean were really big. Also our rewind movies are really fun.

NEW TIMES: What are those?

FOWLER: We have a classic series, where we show really old films, and we have a rewind series, which are more cult classics like The Princess Bride and Super Troopers. We hand out ballots to viewers who decide which movies we show.

NEW TIMES: With Netflix and Blockbuster being so popular, how does the Fremont compete?

FOWLER: We have a lot of features like 3-D capability, a new sound system, and neon lighting. We also try to get celebrities to attend our movies. We’ve had Peter Fonda, Morgan Freeman, and David Crosby from Crosby, Stills & Nash all come here. We really try to cater to our audience and give them a special movie experience they can’t get anywhere else.

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