A. Ellsworth (Al) Whittle
The Board of Directors of the Al Whittle Theatre / Acadia Cinema Co-op regrets to announce that our Honorary Director Al Whittle passed away on January 23, 2021 at age 91. We extend our condolences to his family and all those close to him. Al was the face of our theatre for decades and played a crucial role in enabling its transfer to our member-owned cooperative. There is a link to his obituary below.
We urge you to watch this short film below, in which Al recalls his career as the theatre operator. This was filmed in 2013.
A native of Port Elgin, New Brunswick, A. Ellsworth (Al) Whittle began working in movie theatres at the age of 19. In 1953 Al was hired in a permanent position at the Acadia Cinema, making him the youngest theatre manager in Canada. For the next 47 years, Al ripped tickets, made popcorn, chose the movies, and worked as a projectionist. In short, he was the heart of the cinema. He retired in 2000. Al is a founding member of the Fundy Film Society (now Fundy Cinema) and an honorary director of the Acadia Cinema Cooperative. His popcorn recipe remains the best (and most secret) in town.
Al Whittle: My Life in Movies 1953-2000
A short film that premiered at the Whittle Big Man Gala, April 26, 2013.
© Noemi Volovics and Fundy Film.