When Mike Danchak was 14, he liked everything about movie theaters, from the neat rows of floor lights illuminating the aisles to the smell of popcorn. He worked at The Angela Theatre, Coaldale, ushering people to their seats.
But once the movie started, he'd sneak up a flight of stairs. At the top of the stairs was the door to the projection room, the place where his 14-year-old eyes thrilled to the size and flow of the projection equipment.
"I remember the first time I went up there and saw those big projectors working," he recalled. "I was hooked from that moment."