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I suppose I should also clarify that the tape was placed on the bottom masking and not the screen. It served as a guide for the masking people to set the proper stops and for the tech to establish dead center on the sheeet.
The tape I refered to was removed once final installation was completed and used only to mark center and ratio settings, sorry if I confused you on that. I do not recall screen size Floral/Bellrose
Yes robboehm, there is a formula for determining proper lens size
We have a slide rule type tool that gives proper lens size determined by distance of lens from screen and screen size. Putting the screen size and projection throw into the tool will give the proper lens size to use for 1:85 and scope. Done properly you avoid cropping and “creative aperture plate cutting” to fit screen. Once the screen and proper lens is installed an SMPTE loop run thru the projector will give proper aperture cutting instructions for all formats,this should never be done with just a white light projecd onto the screen. First step is to deterine the exact center of the screen which can be marked with some sort of tape that can be seen from the booth then the projector can be centurned properly,once that is done th loop can be run and apertures cut. In days when we had movable masking a set of tape marks was put on he screen to mark proper width of flat/scope image to enable techs to properly set open close settings of the masking motor.
Sounds like my kinda projectionist robboehn
Unlike the Floral and Bellrose most of the Century houses did have curtain controls in the booth and we would always perform what was called a Delux. After the trailers, shorts, what have you, we would close the curtain and reopen them for the feature. We never showed the masking moving in a change from flat to Scope which was done while the masking was covered by the moving curtain.
Some of the theates did not permit “cutting rcords” which meant when it was time to start the show you were not permitted to cut the record or fade it out the music it had to finish before starting the show. That was not the case everywhere but most Century theatres.
Do you also remember we ran the Star-Spangeled Banner before the first show on all holidays?
In those days when you worked for Century you put on a show.
I am surprised there have not been any comments on
Cirque du Soleil I wondered if anyone has seen it and if of our RCMH insiders have any tid bits about the backstage story
rafaelstorm; yes indeed TMM was the opening attraction it was a roadshow reserved seat presentasion
which we showed with 4 track mag stereo sound
garth I agree abut the economy and the Paramount my other concern was if anyone would have ventured into Stapelton which is in such decay; plus parking which would be a problem with the lot across the street now gone. Charley Zerrilli and Peter Lisi tried their best especially Peter who was so passionate about the theatre.
Garth the folks at the Paramount underestimated the cost of bringing the theatre up to code. It became a run a way train with everyday something else to buy or install. Sad becasue as you wrote they had made quite a bit of progress in encluding getting that wonderful old marquee to light up again.
Thanks Patrick, only my dear sweet mother ever called me Sonny:) You mentioned e-mail notifacations which are working fine for me. Thanks for the help
Thank you Howard, I am sorry you viewed the post as negative, although in retropspect I suppose it is, but I certanly apprrcate the photos and simply thought a full dressed stage as the first picture to pop up on his page would have been prefered. Please forgive the negative implication
I just have to say the picture above showing the screen exposed with ads running and the curtains open is a horrable sight and one that depicts a situation about which many of us have been complaining about for years. I consider it an eyesore and would love to see it replaced with one of the stage area properly dressed.
Oh ok Bill that explains everything :)
By the way the actor, Gianni (Johnny) Russo,who played Carlo, is the real life son of my sisters Godmother; he knows Sonny (Jimmy Caan) quite well.
Tineseltoes, I am glad it was you and not me thanks for that clarifacation my friend.
Also my name is Vito why is the name sonny coming up as well.I changed notheing after the new site pages came up. I am an old man is my mind playing tricks or are you all experencing this as well :)
I received 6 e-mail notifications over the course of 30 mins for RCMH however when I clicked on the site page the only update was Tinseltoes Christmas show post from yesterday. Anyone else experience this and where are the new posts I recieved notification about?
Also any news on Cirque du Soleil
So good of you to keep us infromd on how things are going. It must be frustrating to have to deal with the issues getting things up and running and I thank you for your perserverence. My best to you guys
Thanks Patrick I looking forward to it.
CT is a very fun and interesting part of my day.
Plus pictures yet….be still my heart:)
Yup it was the only movie theatre I can recall on LI that had no curtain controls in the booth. Eventually I believe the lights were controled from the booth however the curtain was never motorised to my knowledge.
When I worked the Floral in the mid 60s managers and front ot the house staff were used to work the curtain and operate the lights from backstage. There were no lighting or curtain conrtols in the booth. A buzzer system was used to signal turning up the house lights snd pull the curtain. A signal was rec’d in the booth earlier to alert us that someone was in fact backstage awaiting our signal.
Thanks ED I shuda guessed that :)
Sure are ugly
What are those five hidious black things hanging form the ceiling in two of those wonderful pictures?
I am sure the b&w comment on “The Thing” remake was probably a typo
There is a colorised version of the original “Thing” which I absolutly refuse to watch. One of my all time favorite movies, As a 16 year old kid I recall being scared to death seeing that in the summer of ‘51. Carpenter showed his love for the original in that Halloween clip but then went on to remake the movie which I thought was disapointing. I did not care for the original “Who Goes There” story which the remake is based on.
Music Hall management had better Batten down the hatches for that crazy man Charlie Sheen. His shows in Detroit bomed People were shouting “refund!!!” at him and booing him. Post-show interviews with the audience indicate many regrets.
So Charlie Sheen sold out his Music Hall show and another had to be added. Wouild someone tell me what on earth this crazy man is going to do on the great stage?
Also any info on which Cirque du Soleil shows are planned
Yup Kong we lived that and wear it like a badge of honor.
Sadly we will never see the like of that again
The ad for the Easter show Tinseltoes wrote about
Makes you want to jump in the car and head on over to the
Showplace of the Nation doesn’t it