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Topic: HELP. we've been digitalized !!!  (Read 710 times)
Xenon
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« on: December 27, 2012, 05:26:45 PM »

Hi Folks,

In our theatre too the digitalisation has struck!
They're still standing there the Kinoton FP30 machines, but they're no longer
the rulers of the projection box.
From may this year on we're mainly showing Digital I"m sorry to say.
Only once a month in our "Celluloid Classic Club" we still show REAL film.
Last month it was "The African Queen".
This month it's "The Manchurian Candidate" with Frank Sinatra.
Next month we show "The West Side Story" but it wasn't available on
35mm so we must show it digitaly!

I am sorry to say I think the romance of the projection booth has gone
in stead of that we have a very sharp, but in my opinion "dead" image!
Maybe I'll grow into it ?!?!

I AM AFRAID NOT!

I'm glad that at least at home I still have my old films to show........ppffff!
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012, 06:08:23 AM »

For me the magic of the cinema vanished with the disappearance of the wonderful picture palaces and their replacement with soulless multiplexes.  Even the old buildings, which remained, were totally ruined by twinning and tripling.  The last place I felt at home was with friends in the projection boxes, listening to the whirring  of the machines.  That has gone too.  So has showmanship.  Our local cinema dates from the 1930s and Screen 1 is the original balcony and has he original proscenium and decor.  When we went to see "Prometheus" we sat in silence (no music) waiting for the film to start, then had to endure endless adverts and crappy trailers.  There were no curtains and the masking, which was not adjustable, was set slightly wider than Scope so that, no matter what ratio was being projected, there was a grey bar between picture and masking.  In future, my wife and I will save the £20 admission and buy the BluRay.  Having been passionate about the cinema since the age of 4 (I'm 65) and having projected films since I was 15, I never thought I would say that.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012, 07:21:29 AM »

Same here exciterlamp,

I've started projecting when I was 17 years old as a volunteer apprentice projectionist at the Thalia Theatre
in Rotterdam.
And now ( I'm 68) I am still crazy about projecting and presenting a good show.
What you said about there being no more showmanship and ambiance in the modern theatres is so true.
Even a little bit of service is often hard to find. Cry
Also the remark about endless trailers and adds is so true, 6 or 7 trailers is no exception any more
and at the least very boring.
I guess we'll have to learn to live with it, one consolation we always can retreat to our own (home)theatre
and relive the good old days over and over again........ Grin Grin

Xenon

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an overview of the old booth



The front of the old Thalia Theatre ( now a restaurant)

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