Salmar closes after projectionist’s death

The Salmar community is mourning the loss of a longtime employee and friend.

The Salmar community is mourning the loss of a longtime employee and friend.

Head projectionist Eric Nelson died of cardiac arrest on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 10.

A grieving Daila Duford, Salmar Theatre general manager, had known Nelson from when she was a very young child.

“Eric was head projectionist forever, but he took tickets, he did everything,” said Duford of the ‘friend to everyone’ who had just become engaged in September and was soon to celebrate 25 years of working at the Salmar.

“We just had to (close), it was the only choice,” says a tearful Duford of the decision to close the Salmar on Saturday. “We we couldn’t be open; it’s just awful.”

Duford says those who knew Nelson well want people to know how much everyone loved him and how much he will be missed, not just at the Salmar, but also in the community.