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Bell Theatre Services
Unit 9B Chester Road
Borehamwood
Hertfordshire
WD6 1LT

MEET THE TEAM

Max Bell

Managing Director
Max Bell started work in 1960 as a film projectionist with Associated British Cinemas. Shortly after this he entered film production, working first in sound post production before moving on to editorial work as an Assistant Film Editor, later rising to the position of First Assistant Editor. In 1971 he returned to sound post production, establishing a mixing suite for a small London based Company utilising Dolby A- type noise reduction for 16mm magnetic pre-dubs for BBC documentaries. In 1976 he joined Dolby Laboratories as a Film Applications Engineer.



Max has maintained a lifelong interest not only in watching films, but also in their production and post-production.



He is a member of the AMPAS and SMPTE.

Sean Downey

General Manager
Sean worked for many years in projection at the Empire Leicester Square and Plaza Cinema, Lower Regent Street. He subsequently became one of the founding staff members at Bell Theatre Services, joining in 1989 and remaining at the core ever since.

Sean is a keen follower of cinema and an avid collector of arthouse.

Paul Oliver

Engineering & operations manager
Paul started work as a projectionist at the Robins cinema, Camberley in 1992, then went on to run a number of cinemas around London including the first fully digital multiplex in Europe for Odeon.


After working as an engineer for Odeon, Paul joined Bell Theatre Services in
2011, and is now Engineering Manager.


In his spare time Paul enjoys
Skiing, theatre and is a season ticket holder for Arsenal football club.

Barry Wright

Digital Engineer
Barry’s interest in the cinema began while studying for his B.Sc. in Physics at London’s Imperial College, where he was instrumental in the day to day technical running of the College Cinema. After graduating in 1996, Barry began working as a projectionist for Warner Bros. Cinemas at their Harrow cinema. It was not long before a vacancy became available with Rank’s Technical Service Dept. which Barry occupied in the position of trainee Engineer under the legendary late Barry Diamondstone. After a short while Barry became an Engineer for Odeon Cinemas, looking after London and the South East Region. A short spell followed with Sound Associates, before Barry joined Bell Theatre Services in 1999. Barry is heavily involved with the highly accurate calibration of film and digital projectors in the post production industry, as well as thoroughly enjoying specialist 35mm rental screenings for unusual events such as Napoleon, and the annual outdoor screenings at Somerset House.

Graham Bloomfield

Sound & Projection Engineer
Graham is a legend with a circuit board and responsible for many of Bell Theatre’s in-house electronic designs.



He has a long history alongside Max Bell and remains one of the world’s experts in the process of committing recorded sound information on to film.

James Tilling

Digital Engineer
James joined Bell Theatre Services in 2004, having gained a B.Sc. in Film and Video Technology at Southampton Solent University. He is heavily involved with Digital Cinema projection providing quality control services for film premieres, post production installations, and on-set installations for film dailies and cut sequences. Including projects on a number of Warner Bros features where he was responsible for installing, supporting and maintaining the viewing theatre during production at Leavesden studios and also during post-production at Goldcrest. As well as installing a number of digital projection systems within post production facilities he returns frequently to perform calibration checks and upgrades to maintain their high level of accuracy. In his spare time he enjoys downhill mountain biking, snowboarding and has a keen interest in cinema and film in general.

Mike Vale

Digital Engineer
Mike found a love for cinema and, in particular, cinema audio formats within his first few visits to the cinema in the early 1990’s. This interest continued through his education, starting with studio recording at secondary school and culminating with a BSc in Audio Technology at Southampton Solent University in 2005.



An opportunity arose in 2007 to become part of the engineering team at Bell theatre Services. Mike is now involved with many aspects of the company’s projects, including Digital Cinema networking, interconnectivity and remote access, installation and calibration of Digital Projection equipment and interfacing to automation and alternative content sources.



In his spare time he has hobbies centred on music, motorsport and film and tv.

Lee Oates

Digital Engineer
Like many people in this business, Lee began his career in the cinema as a part-time usher from which he worked his way up through various roles finally becoming a Chief Technician with UCI Cinemas in 1999. A short-lived move to Vue Cinemas at the newly opened O2 11 screen cinema followed in 2007, before he decided on a temporary career change as an electrician, specialising in cinema related electrical work. Lee joined Bell Theatre Services in 2010 and is involved with new cinema installations and the ongoing service and maintenance of projection and sound equipment. As well as a busy family life with his two daughters and twin boys, Lee enjoys football and fine ales in his spare time. As well as a diploma in Environmental Science, Lee is fully qualified as an electrician with 17th Edition Wiring Regulations under his belt as well as Prince 2 Project Management Foundation course and is currently studying for the Practitioner qualification.

Steffan Laugharne

Project and design Engineer

Steffan started working as a relief projectionist at Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Flintshire in 1983 and joined Bell Theatre Services in 1999 having worked as a Chief Technician for Odeon Cinemas in London.



As well as servicing and installing 35mm and
digital projection equipment, Steff is involved in the planning and equipment
specification for new cinemas, as well as leading the installation team on new construction projects.



In addition to entertaining his four children, Steff enjoys skiing, playing the piano and organ in his spare time.   In 1995, Steff attained a B.Sc. in Chemistry
from Imperial College, London and is an Associate of the Royal College of
Science.




Peter Fearn

digital Engineer
Peter was first introduced to 35mm Film Projection when he did work experience in 1987 at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading. He started full time work in 1989 as a panel beater. He changed career to Electronics in 1993 where he repaired circuit boards to component level and also provided customer support both on the phone and in the field. In 1998 he started work for Pro-Bel, a broadcast equipment manufacture. In 2002 he moved to DTS (now Datasat), where he continued his repair and customer support role for Digital Sound for film. Peter joined Bell theatre Services in 2010. He installs and maintains all aspects of the sound and projection system and performs regular maintenance to ensure the system is at the highest level.

Peter Grimes

Digital Engineer

Mathew Neil

digital Engineer


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