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Alliance asserts jurisdiction over all motion picture machine operators

Photo caption: Edison projector, patented in 1893.

Source: Museum of Modern Art (New York)

Many locals resented the growth of the motion picture industry, and denied membership to projectionists because they thought they were protecting the jobs of their own members in the legitimate theatre.

Many IA members believed that movies, or “flickers,” were a passing fad and that the public would turn back to legitimate theatre for entertainment.

Eventually, the national leadership of the Alliance convinced the locals to accept the inevitability of the movies’ importance to show business and to the IA.