Screen Fest

ATLANTA, Ga. — Stagehands remount and hang the movie screen at the Fox Theatre, days before the continuation of the summer film series.

Due to space demands of the larger Broadway tours to appear here, like the recently concluded "Phantom of the Opera," the vacationing screen, which prefers to hover overhead backstage, is sometimes dismantled and packed under the floorboards between flicks.

As a staff projectionist, I have the same deal. Thanks, my union!

In this photo, a few minutes after our presentation of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the crew "flies" the screen up and away, and lowers the movie speakers, which sit on an elevator, to the basement until next time.

All of this is preparation for a live run of the musical with those human-sized "Cats." The stage will be cleared, ready and dreading the forthcoming fur ball mayhem.

And, yes, the orchestra pit will be lined and filled with kitty litter.

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