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Conditions bleak for projectionists

Photo caption: Paramount on Parade was shot in California in 1930. Moviemaking had become very demanding in a short period of time. Producers knew that moviegoers expected more authenticity and reality with each passing year.

At hearings held by the National Recovery Administration, Alliance officials testified that many IA projectionists had been replaced in the theaters with nonunion operators.  In addition, movie theater owners tried to hide their open-shop policies by setting up company unions, even paying the dues of members in these fake unions.

Finally, an agreement was reached giving union projectionists a full week’s pay for a maximum of 40 hours per week.