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Verification? Who did the verifying? And you said it babysitting. Because a projectionits was a Union projectionist did not add to his skill level, in fact it hurt the level of skill in some.
An operator in the booth didnt always mean a better presentation, just like any other job different people function at different levels. What it did mean however was that when there was a problem the problem was corrected quicker.The other advantage of reel to reel if the operator threaded incorrectly and the film were to be damaged it would be a 20 minute reel rather then the entire movie. Today 1 threading error and the entire movie is damaged.
There was no automation system in the booth it was reel to reel
The chandelier was on 1 circuit and you are correct about the lowering of it. It was lowered from above it where, a basic boat winch dropped it to the level of the balcony seats from which point it was cleaned and relamped the lamps used were 25watt clear bulbs. The chandelier was dimmed during movies but remained on. The cove lighting around the chandelier was lit with blue 10w bulbs.
grandcameo your dimensions if I remember correctly are very accurate. The screen you are talking about was installed in 1981/82, after a fire destroyed the existing screen.
As far as the curtains go, The curtains that were used were gold. I never did see a fire curtain used as mentioned above.
The secret passage was used to get to the top of the auditorium rather then disturbing patrons while they viewed a movie.
In regards to the Capiol’s chandelier, it fell to the floor one night and was never replaced.
Yes 286 Portage ave is or was the correct address
The Metropolitan had tremendous stereo sound. I am not sure exactly when it was installed but when I worked there Star Trek 2 Wrath of Kahn was presented in 70mm stereo, Wrath of Kahn was released in 1982.
The Metropolitan was one of the first Winnipeg Theatres to boast 70mm stereo
WHen the North star closed the seating capacity had been changed it changed in 1989 when all of the seats had been removed and refurbished. The counts changed due to the width of the seat rows being changed to make more leg room.
As well Northstar 1 did have digital it was capable of playing 70mm which was magnetic.
Cinema 1 at the Northstar had just over 600 seats, and cinema 2 had 457
The Metropolitan actually had 1462 seats