Calling a movie theater a “picture show” was common in the early decades of the twentieth century. Martha Jackman, the retired school teacher who was the cashier when Dean Fick worked at Orchestra Hall in the early 1980s, referred to it as Lakeside’s picture show. Now the only movie theater in Ottawa County, Orchestra Hall is celebrating its 90th season in 2017.
Fick touches on the films shown and explores the physical aspects of Orchestra Hall and some of the non-movie activities that have taken place in this space. He provides an overview of technical aspects of how cinema technology works, though not to the point of causing boredom among non-technical attendees. There will be props and physical examples of items for an up-close look at cinema equipment.
Dean Fick, a resident of Manassas, Virginia, serves as Manager of Technical Operations for the Smithsonian Institution’s three IMAX Theaters and its Einstein Planetarium, located at the National Air and Space Museum, and National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. A native of the Marblehead Peninsula and a 1981 graduate of Danbury High School, Fick is a member of the Lakeside Heritage Society Board.