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Date_time_original: Thu Oct 19 03:52:32 +0000 2017
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One of the two Simplex E-7 35mm Projectors. They are pictured here after their conversion from carbon arcs to Xenon lamps. This conversion occurred sometime between 2001-2003 (my memory isn’t quite what it used to be). They were originally installed and used in the Broadmoor Hotel’s (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in-house movie theatre (a historic venue which is also listed here on CT). I believe they were installed there brand-new and were removed sometime around 1997 during a modernization of the booth. They were going to be trashed but the Rialto’s head projectionist is the time, Don Marriage* brokered a deal for them to be donated to the newly-renovated Rialto which did not have any 35mm equipment of its own st the time. The Broadmoor’s electrician disconnect the machines from the building’s electric and Mr. Marriage dismantled, loaded on truck and hauled them up to Loveland. Also included were a Neumade Rewind Bench, Newmade Reel Cabinet (both pictured in a previous photo) Simplex tube amp & booth monitor, several Goldberg Bros. 2k foot House reels and many other odds and ends. They sat assembled but inoperable from that time (1997-ish) until The Rialto Theatre Guild was able to complete fundraising for the Xenon Conversion, restoration, red-reader conversion,etc. which (as mentioned above) occurred sometime between 2001-2003. Tankersley Enterprises of Denver supplied the lamphouses, sound readers, splicer, Goldberg Rewind and all other needed gear and longtime/legendary cinema tech Jimmy Seay and his son Phillip Seay of Denver performed the conversion and restoration.
Circa Spring 2007 Photo
- Donald “Don” O. Marriage (03.22.1928-10.24.2015) was a longtime projectionist and equipment engineer (for Motiograph) who was an integral part of the effort to save and restore the Rialto (investing much time, money, influence and brain power) and was the first head projectionist after the theatre reopened; a volunteer position he retained until the early 2000s. In addition, he served on The Rialto Theatre Guild until his passing. He was a brilliant, hard/working individual with an unforgettable personality and a life story that is especially fascinating to anyone interested in cinema history. As I recal, his obituary was extremely well-written and filled with details about his life around cinemas and for that reason, I’ll attempt to locate it and paste it in the comments below for this photo.
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