"I've thrown film on the floor, and people out there (in the auditorium) have no idea. I'm cutting it, splicing it, just to keep it going," Barnhart said, chuckling.
In a worst-case scenario for a 35mm theater, the projector cogs tear at the film's perforations, the frame freezes, and the audience watches it burn through.
While Barnhart loves the history behind the old era, he appreciates the positives of the new. The transition to digital "has forced a lot of theaters to close and forced a lot of theaters to sell," he said, "but for those who've chosen to stay, it's given them a lot more flexibility."