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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 528 (512)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 528
Page 528

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 528

SMALL PORTABLE PROJECTORS sometimes furnish entertainment in the ward, as (above) ataVA hospital in Dallas, Texas. Here instead of conventional sound system, the outfit is equipped with earphones so that other patients are not disturbed. Other times films are shown to a whole ward (middle), as at a {acility at Topeka, Kansas. Here the projection is from a ls'mm. machine with its special attendant.

OUTDOOR SHOWS are given at a Veterans hospital in Dallas, Texas, on balmy nights (below). While chairs are provided, most of the spectators are wheel-chair patients. In this case, projectors are lS-mm. Ampro iobs, equipped with carbon-arc projection arc lamps. Films for these programs are carefully selected and, while used mainly for entertainment, also help to foster a patient's desire to get well.

was being missed by the many patients who, in addition, drew their lifeis breath from an oxygen bottle or who had to experience the discomfort of lying flat on their backs 24 hours a day, with a plaster cast encircling their bodies the full length of their spines? Up until the time the new Veterans Administration motion-picture program went into effect, many patients had not seen a film in two, three, five, or more years.

A World War I corporal at the Fargo, North Dakota, hospital saw his first sound picture while the industry was celebrating the 20th anniversary of sound last fall.


Under the new program there is available to both ambulant and bed patients new releases from practically every producer equipped for national distribution.

Executive Director

Veterans Administration's Motion Picture Division makes available each week a minimum of three current 35-mm. entertainment programs for a 45-day national play off at all hospital theatres, two current 16-min. features, and current lG-mm. news and short subject programs for 120-day play. There are alsoion circuit each week in Puerto Rico five American films with Spanish dialogue or titles.

The Motion Picture Division at Veterans Administrations Central Oflice in Washington establishes national policy, secures contracts on a fiat rental basis, estimates financial requirements, and, through an office in New York, screens new films and makes the best available.

Screening is regulated under a Board of Motion Picture Review, which considers not only the entertainment value of films. but also their medical effect on patients. Consultation with medical authorities is available to the Previewing and Booking Director in New York if he has any doubt of the acceptability of a motion picture.

Branch offices of the Veterans Administration are located in thirteen cities. Each branch office has a Chief of Motion Pictures whose duties include scheduling films for assigned hospitals through local film exchanges; arranging transportation, run, and circuits; maintaining contact with exchanges; and supervising the execution of policy.

The motion-picture program in Veterans Administration, Central Ofiice, operates as a division of the Recreation Services of Special Services. Special Services is established under the jurisdiction of F. R. Kerr, Assistant Administrator. The Recreation Service is under the direction of Charles K. Brightbill.


At hospitals, trained projectionists operate 35-min. equipment. In 16-min. ' exhibition, projectionists are assisted by volunteers from public spirited organizations. The value of this effort by trained volunteer projectionists is evidenced in the estimate made at one hospital, Alexandria, Louisiana, that there would be 200 less showings per month without the help of volunteers.

Patients, too, are trained to operate 16-mm. equipment, either as a result of their own desire or a doctors suggestion.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 528