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What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:08 pm
by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
What happened to all the theaters film projectors when they switched to digital?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:36 pm
by wingate
Sadly in a skip.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:21 pm
by Spiny Norman
In the lobby for decoration.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:47 pm
by mwalls
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.

Matthew

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:13 pm
by pookybear
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.

Seem to be having a problem with pictures, something about the max quota being met for the pages.

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:30 pm
by Donald Binks
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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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:20 am
by Nick_M
As part of the deal to get video projectors, many theaters were required to destroy their film projectors.
Link with pictures.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:54 pm
by pookybear
Nick_M wrote:As part of the deal to get video projectors, many theaters were required to destroy their film projectors.
Link with pictures.


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.

Pookybear

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:42 am
by syd
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/

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:31 am
by syd
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.

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:19 pm
by Ray Faiola
You can't hold a byte up to the light!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:24 pm
by Robert W
syd wrote: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.



Film projectors are capable of many mechanical failures that can cause the loss of a show as well. The most embarrassing example I can think of was the midnight Gala Premiere of Borat at the Toronto International Film Festival, which went down 20 minutes into the feature and never got back on screen due to a small metal part that couldn't be replaced or re-jiggered.

Someone had offered me $300 for my ticket in the line-up before the show that night - I sure wish I had taken him up on his offer.

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:36 am
by twisted_whisper
I know a fellow that got some 35mm projectors in his home that he got from the local cinema where he lives.
Where I live I got contact with the cinema and they have there two projectors still standing there and working.
I have some 35mm movies and have even run one of them at this cinema.
I have a movie club so was super nice to play one of my own 35mm prints in a locked down only for use to watch this magic going on inside.
I miss the sound of the projector today when I go to the cinema :/

Someday I maybe have my own 35mm projector, many do have it at home collectors, but they cost to get hold of and it is nothing you just pick up and walk away with.

I have 8mm and 16mm projector anyway. A start.

So the topic, I guess it is from places to places.
I know another place I worked at they said they was going to trow it away to the dump :/ but then they told me I can take some parts off from it... and then I got there and then they said "no wait we might maybe a thing in the entrance" well that was some years ago. nothing happened there. I mean it is not priority 1 ofc.
So still maybe I can get some parts at least anyway.

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:14 pm
by pookybear
Give them a poke on that deal, they have been tripping over those projectors for a few years now. Someone with a strong back willing to haul it off and leave a few dollars behind might be more enticing than it was.

Pookybear

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:54 pm
by twisted_whisper
pookybear wrote:Give them a poke on that deal, they have been tripping over those projectors for a few years now. Someone with a strong back willing to haul it off and leave a few dollars behind might be more enticing than it was.

Pookybear


I think you mean me.
I was calling my former boss yesterday, he did not pick up sadly, I will try again, he is boss at some cinemas here in Sweden, so I will ask him, now that I will get a new bigger place for my movie club, if he can not help me get a 35mm for that place, that would be epic and not so hard to find in a way.
It seems it sits people with this thoughts that
1. Someday they might be worth money
2. someday we might wanna do something with it, museum etc.

Both of those things might not happen, so better they get to be used instead.