What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

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What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostMon Feb 05, 2018 2:08 pm

What happened to all the theaters film projectors when they switched to digital?
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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostMon Feb 05, 2018 2:36 pm

Sadly in a skip.
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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostMon Feb 05, 2018 3:21 pm

In the lobby for decoration.
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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostMon Feb 05, 2018 4:47 pm

I approached some theater managers regarding the 35mm projectors when conversion to digital was on-going. I wanted to get/buy one of them. They each told me they would have to check with corporate but it was in such a fashion to just make me go away. More than likely those projectors were simply scrapped.

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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostMon Feb 05, 2018 6:13 pm

I got 2 in my basement. A Century from 1955 out of the Bright Leaf Drive In. And a frankenstein Century/Simplex set up that offically belongs to my sister.

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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostMon Feb 05, 2018 7:30 pm

I think a lot of cinemas have kept their projectors. Those that are not just screening continuous modern product anyway. There are a few cinemas about that do the projection of film the old way too - with two projectors with reel changes - not those huge flat discs of film. I suppose though that one day, as film prints become more and more scarce, the old projectors will finally become redundant.
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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostTue Feb 06, 2018 1:20 am

As part of the deal to get video projectors, many theaters were required to destroy their film projectors.
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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostTue Feb 06, 2018 4:54 pm

Nick_M wrote:As part of the deal to get video projectors, many theaters were required to destroy their film projectors.
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Yes all the big chains that got the "deal" and part of it was destroying their equipment. You really need to find the
mom and pop operations who just had to push the projector out of the way. In most cases they are happy with any
decent offer for the stuff.

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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostWed Feb 07, 2018 12:42 am

As long as directors like Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams
and Steven Spielberg are making movies, there will be
a possibility of film projection since they still shoot some
of their projects on celluloid. Film is not dead, yet. Holly-
wood sees the necessity of preserving their projects on film
for long term storage.

2017 shot on film (16mm/35mm/65mm):

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls064832514/
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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostWed Feb 21, 2018 11:31 am

Digital projection has a shortcoming where film has an advantage.

If there is failure of a hard drive or card format that is delivered
to the cinema for projection, the whole movie goes and projection
is delayed until a replacement is obtained. Not sure if the agencies
that distribute the movies include a back-up.

With film, a problem can be isolated to a few frames leaving
the rest safe for projection.
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Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostWed Feb 21, 2018 1:19 pm

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