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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 529 (513)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 529
Page 529

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 529

Sixteen-millimeter projectionists also assist other services at hospitals by showing films that are medical, nursing, dietetic or training in subject matter.

For 35-mm. Films

Theatres in which 35-mm. films are shown are usually full scale auditoriums suitable for various forms of recreation and entertainment and equipped with standard projection and sound equipment, maintained under contract with a national equipment service company. Some Veterans Administration stations are sufficiently large to warrant the use of two or three theatres. 1n the fall of 1947, there were 137 sets of 35-mm. equipment in operation at Veterans Administration hospitals and centers, bringing film entertainment to Veterans Administration patients.

The construction of ramps in hospitals has enabled paraplegic wheelchair patients, formerly unable to see 35-mm. shows, to wheel themselves directly into specially reserved sections of the theatres.

For lb-mm. Films

Sixteen-millimeter equipment and exhibition are more diversified. Although a few Veterans Administration stations are too small to require theatrical equipment and, as a result 16-min. shows are given in recreation halls, the usual use of the portable equipment is to furnish motion pictures to bed-ridden patients incapable of attending group showings.

Considerable experimentation has been made, and is continuing, to effect the best use of movies in wards and Small rooms.

In this connection, cabinet type equipment has proven successful on a limited scale. The need for distracting a whole ward, and stretching electric wires the length of the room, is eliminated. This type of equipment reaches its highest value in showings of current newsreels and a few short subjects in private or semi-private rooms to seriously ill patients.

Compact, midget sized 16-mm. equip ment has found practical use in Veterans Administration hospitals. This equipment can be rolled to the open end of a room, and a program presented. For bed patients, this type of equipment has provided ceiling and wall projection simultaneously.


Improvisation and experimentation were the rule when the stepped-up 16mm. program first went into eiTect, September 15, 1946. In wards of paralyzed patients, unable to be moved, the image was flashed first on one side of the room, then on the other. Because of the completely horizontal position of many spectators, a point very close to the ceiling had to be used for focusing. Even patients who could see only directly above did not defeat the ingenuity of orderlies and projectionists who arranged Rube Goldberg contrivances of mirrors so that such patients could see the opposite wall.

Similarly projectionist H. E. Moore, at Legion, Texas, by removing the top of cabinet type projectors, flashes the film image on the ceiling for bed-ridden



BED PATIENTS are not Iorgotten, and a variety ol equipment-and much of it specially devised for its particular jobeis used. The non-ambulant patient in the top picture watches the start of a feature proiected trom the back of the screen by an Ampro 16smm. machine. In the middle picture a Bell and Howell Filmosoundrmachine is being readied tor a show at the Mount Alto Hospital in Washington.

ANOTHER BED-HIDDEN PATIENT in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Dallas, Texas, is not deprived of his motion-picture entertainment. In this case (bottom), the pictures are brought directly to the pauent's bedside with (1 Mills Sono-Vision machine. The use of motion pictures for beqetting and promoting a desire to live and to get well is one o! the major elements of the film programs.
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 529