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Cinema-goers have been left gobsmacked by how films are shown in movie theatres. Catch the clip here:
You've probably not given too much thought to how your film is being shown when you hunker down in your seat armed with a large popcorn and a Tango Iceblast, breathing a sigh of relief as you switch off your phone and zone out of reality for a blissful few hours.
The TikTok account is for the Jet Centre - an entertainment complex located in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
One of its posts asks followers: "Ever wondered how your movie is shown in a cinema?"
An employee can then be seen taking the viewer out of the cinema and into one of the facility's back rooms where it's revealed that 'everything' is controlled by 'digital projectors'.
The post has amassed hundreds of thousands of views and floods of comments as cinema-goers have rained in in surprise over how films are shown on the big screen.
One user said: "Me thinking it was hooked up to a computer with a really long hdmi cable."
"Wow I never knew it was a projector! Thought it was a big telly," another said.
A third was confused because they'd always thought a member of staff was up in the room manning the machines. "So there isn’t someone up there," they questioned.
Jet Centre replied: "Nope! They’re all on set performance planners to play movies automatically at the correct time."
how do cinemas work do they just have a dvd player up there— reuben ✂️ (@reubenwvw) December 8, 2021
However, some users lamented over the updated technology systems and the aesthetic of older machines.
"Miss working on the old 35mm films. Bring back the good old days," one commented.
Another agreed: "Worked in the theatre booth when it was still 35mm film, and was there when digital started to slowly be introduced. Still makes me sad and nostalgic."
Despite the nostalgia, however, Jet Centre noted the reels 'weighed a tonne'.
One cinema-goer was already clued up on how cinemas worked, having learnt from none other than Mr Bean.
They said: "I remember seeing how it’s done on Mr Bean The Movie Years ago. Instant flashback."