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Remembering Richard Greenhalgh
May 29, 1948 – September 5, 2011

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Written by: Tom March, USADate: 13.09.2011
It is with great sadness that I report to all of Rich’s friends that he has gone to the great movie theater in the sky. He died of pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure on Labor Day, September 5 at 10 AM after a four week stay at Methodist Hospital of Arcadia. His wife, Anna, of 33 years was by his side. Rich was 63.

From his earliest years in San Marino, a suburb of Los Angeles, Rich’s life long love of sound and movies developed backstage at San Marino high school. From 1963 to 1967, he worked as Stage Manager and Director of Audio Visual Services at San Marino High School. After graduation, he went on to attend Pasadena Community College. Years later, he always kept in touch with his high school drama teacher.

Rich enjoyed his time with his church and had a strong faith. He was an Elder at the Arcadia Presbyterian Church in Arcadia where he and Anna first met.

In the mid 1960’s, Rich and Anna started up their own company, Consolidated Media Services (CMS) in Pasadena. Rich’s great love for film helped to make it a well respected professional E-6 photo lab in the days when all pictures were captured on film. The company started in a bathroom in their Acadia townhome, moved to a building in Pasadena in the 1980’s and then to a larger Pasadena location in 1993.
 
More in 70mm reading:

Richard Greenhalgh's Wide Screen Weekend 2003 gallery

An Historical Overview Of Wide Screen Motion Pictures

What did you think of the 2003 Wide Screen Weekend?

3D festival September 2003, Los Angeles, USA

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His busy career continued.

1965 to 1970: Purchasing Manager, Custom Fidelity Company, Inc. Hollywood, CA
1970 to 1975: General Manager, Audio Industries Corporation, Hollywood, CA
1975 to 1979: Business Administrator, Arcadia Presbyterian Church.
1979 to 1983: General Manager, Paramount Sound Systems Corporation, Glendale, CA
1983 to 1986: Vice President, Martinsound, Inc., Alhambra, CA
1965 to 2002: President and Owner, Consolidated Media Services, Inc., Pasadena, CA
2002 to present: VP – Administration, Martinsound Inc., Alhambra, CA

His many professional affiliations include:

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers,
(Member, Hollywood Section)

Audio Engineering Society
(Member and Past Treasurer, Los Angeles Section)

Association of Visual Comunicators
(Past Officer and Chair of the Cindy Awards Judging Panel)

Association for Multi-Image

National Notary Association

National Association of Church Business Administrators
(Certified Church Business Administrator)
(Past Convention Photographer)
 
September 25, 2011

Tom,

I enjoyed your write-up in in70mm.com about Rich. Rich has been my longest adult friend. I met him in 1970 as a customer at Audio Industries and we have been friends ever since. I was just 16 at the time. In addition to being friends, Rich was a key employee for over 12 years and a trusted adviser in between in my audio company. His to trips to the UK were highlights of his life. Rich was a mentor to my son who is starting his career in the film business. Thanks for sharing.

Joe Martinson
President
Martinsound Inc.
1151 W. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, Ca. 91803-2493

martinsound.com

 
Rich and Anna host a film screening at home. Click the image to see enlargement. Image by Tom March

Rich was also busy in his home life with Anna and his many interests – his church, movies, computers, technology, their cats and so much more. Both Rich and Anna loved the movies. Frequently they hosted screenings of the latest releases in their home cinema to the delight of their many friends from around the world. Rich would always include cartoons, short subjects and documentaries to embellish the main feature. Everyone received a customized printed program and Anna provided a wide array of tasty snack treats.
 
September 26, 2011

Tom, thank you so much for writing this lovely eulogy. I first met Richard in the Spring of 1972 and we have been friends ever since. It was a great loss for me ... we wandered some fascinating trails.

This was so meaningful to me as I am sure it will be to others. I don't know where you are located but I recently heard that there will be a Memorial Service for Richard at Arcadia Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 AM. I will be there.

Thank you again. This is a great piece.

Carol Jones

 
Rich and kitty at home

His vast movie collection in various formats includes tape, laserdisc, DVD and Blu-ray. Before he stopped counting, somewhere back around 2006, Rich had already accumulated over 12,000 movie titles. He meticulously entered all the information from each title into his proprietary Motion Picture Technical Database where this information is accessible using barcode scanning.
 
 
Thomas and Rich at WSW 2003. Image by Maria Hauerslev

Although Rich attended the Bradford Widescreen Weekend only twice (2003, 2008), his contributions have been invaluable. He befriended many film fans during his visits and has kept in close touch with them over the years. He will be fondly remembered by all those he touched.
 
 
  
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