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In this Jan. 19, 2012 photo, Arnie Herdendorf, the projectionist at the Palace Theatre in Lockport, N.Y., stands inside the theatre. With the movie industry's rapid switch to digital technology, Herdendorf worries how long his job will be around. The questions for the historic movie houses are even greater: Can they afford to survive the switch to digital?

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The license plate on movie projectionist Arnie Herdendorf's Buick is 35MM MAN, a nod to his work in the booth at the 1925 Palace Theatre, with its velvet-draped stage and chandeliered mezzanine.

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