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The original ad to go with Tinseltoes post on the first
RCMH Christmas show
ok RCDTJ you have our attention spill it, what else do you know?
Come on…you know you want to tell us :)
Simon,the nitrate era Jeff and wrote about used silver screens
now-a-days they are necessary today with the 3-D craze
Jeff,What you wrote about the quality of the nitrate image is so true; nothing we have today compares to that B&W image projected on a silver screen with a carbon arc light source. Of course we also had brilliant three strip Technicolor which has also never been duplicated.
I wanted to add a comment on what Jeff wrote regarding Nitrate stock. It was dangerous stuff but as he wrote controllable. Projectionists attended safety classes which included fire training. The booth was unlike todayâ€™s we had metal film containers called magazines at top and bottom of the projector to hold the film, there were also safety rollers at the bottom (feed) of the upper magazine and top of the bottom (take up) which the film had to pas thru before entering the projector. In early years the projector was modified to accommodate several fire extinguishers with nozzles aimed at the film gate. The extinguishers automatically trigger if a piece of flammable fabric placed near the gate starts to burn. In the event of a fire the fire rollers and metal magazines would prevent a fire from spreading to the spools of film and igniting them. In addition there were fire shutters attached by a chain to the porthole windows, in the event of a fire the projectionist would pull a cord located at the exit which would release the shutters closing the ports and prevent the fire from spreading into the theatre. There was also a safety link attached between the chain and the shutter which when hot would melt and cause the shutter to fall. The feature was stored in a heavy metal vault which looked like a huge safe (some of those still exist today) when the reels were not in the projector magazine they had to be stored in those vaults. Fire marshals visited the booth often and any projectionist or theatre owner not following fire safety to the letter were fined.
Yes my friends the dangers of nitrate were taken very seriously.
I wanted to share this article on projectionists. I found the part about working the porno house rather amusing.
The occupation is disapearing fast which is rather sad.
One of the big ones “On The Town” which played Christmas 1949
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OK Bill, call me I’ll bring my tools.
I hope the speakers are on wheels
Bill I know WSS is one of your all time favorites and I am sure you are salivating over the thought of a 50th anniversary showing to come. As to the original 6 tracks I believe, as someone already mentioned here, he picture is unlikely to be shown that way at the Ziegfeld. I am thinking they removed the regular stage speakers for left/right center and replaced them with sub woofers. If they were to acquire a 6 track print with the original recording they would have to replace the subwoofers. As I recall, and someone please correct me if I am mistaken, Back when 70mm first arrived Mike Todd felt that the huge (in those days ) screen would have a dead spot between the left/right and center speakers so the six tracks were born to correct that problem. Of course, todayâ€™s image sizes do not compare with what we had with Oklahoma, for example, so the need for left/right center speakers is no longer an issue, plus the addition of the fifth track used for mono boom sub woofer, and the sixth track used for stereo surrounds added a nice touch. What a magnificent idea for the Ziegfeld to put the original speakers back for a proper 70mm WSS showing, perhaps they are still back there somewhere collecting dust. I wish that for you my friend
Well we all know that 70mm DTS prints of “The Sound of Music” are out there and we also know that the Ziegfeld has a 70mm DTS reader so ….
Poor Craig who must be thinking, gosh there is no pleasing these Cinema Treasure guys. Well….we are after all a tough lot, but even a second best 35mm showing will be appreciated
Hey, it could be worse they might have shown the 35mm print with a mono optical track, member those?
Sound of Music in 35mm not 70mm, Gosh Craig that’s too bad, oh well at least it’s not Digital, I’m sure a four track mag print was not struck so I assume Dolby digital sound format?
saps, I my be able to help with ads which ones are you looking for?
Welcome NewYorker64 have fun perusing in here I am sure you will find it informative snd entertaning. Have fun!
I have fond memories of that Gleason show, I took my parents to see it and my mother talked about it for months.
Here is the original ad.
Robert, We were refering to the last holiday show
Sad time Tinseltoes, here is the original ad from that last stage/screen presentation.
Good news RCDTJ I as so hoping they would get them repaired
Sorry William I meant to write Tinsletoes had the title wrong.
I believe he meant “North” and not “Lost”
Thanks KCDTJ,Cirque Du Soleit will be exciting please keep us up to date when that happens. Bet you are reallly looking forard to that
I am sure William meant “Noth To Alaska"
Here is the original ad
RCDTJ,Shame about the organs please keep us advised
What is going on at RCMH the entire month of June preventing TONYS?
WOW 7000 watts, I wouldn’t wanna be anywhere near that
if it blew, KABOOM!
Seriously though, It is very nice to know that you folks are continuing the great tradition of the Hall in making the presentation as fabulous as it can be.
Thanks RCDTJ we can always cont on you to keep us up to date on these matters. Explain please new gels and focus on second projector.
Whatever…I am an old geezer who very much enjoys the trips down memory lane those posts provide.