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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 530 (514)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 530
Page 530


1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 530

PERI-[RPS EXTREME, but not unique, is the case 0! Altred Kohn, paralytic World War I veteran, bedridden since 1920, saw his first talking picturew'The Spanish Main"#irom his bed at the Veterans hospital in Fargo, North Dakota, when the new Administration program went into effect. daily routine of the hospital includes the showing of current motion-picture ieutures in the wards.



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Chief . . . . . . . . . . , . . . . Motion Picture Technician . . . . . , , . . . . .



ION PICTURE DIVISION



Central Ojfice, PVashington, D. C.

. . . , . . , . . . . , . . . . . ,Edward J. Kelly . ,(ilndys N. \Vclls

New York Branch of Central 0172a, 982 Eighth Avenue

Previewing and Booking Director. . . . Asst. Previewing and Booking Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Location 1#Boston . , . . , , . . ZirNow York . , . . .

3*Phll21d0lpllii ... II r-ltichmond BiAtlunm, . . . . . ., 11A ( 'olumbus . . . . .

I l'Iiicngo . . . , . .. N 781. Paul . . , . . ..

E) V St. Louis . , . . .. Illr Imllns , . . . . . .. llr est-:ltllc . . . . . . ..

12 18:1 n Francisco.

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.Itnsscll \\'. Mcngcl, mm Nl Lombardy,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ,. \Villium J. Jones. Jr. . , .\'ictor \anlncc

Branch Ojfces

35-mm Commercial Film Exchanch ....ltoston, New How-n

... . .Ncw York. Alhuny. Buffalo, Pncrto Ilico

l'liilzulvljvhin. Pittsburgh ....\Vnsl1in):ton. thrloilc .. . .Atlnntu, Jacksonville (WI-i1 M. Salisbury, 521 S, Starling 31.. .. Plow-land, Iloiroit, (lincinnnti ('hns. A. Mni'ilnnuh. 23H \\'. Jm-kson lllvd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Whlcugo (lcorgc Norton. For! Sin-Ilium, .. ... .....

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Los Anuclcs

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Carl A. Fisher, radio and theatre program director at Crile Veterans Administration Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, perfected a shadow box arrangement which permits film exhibition in undarkened rooms at any hour of the day. This arrangement proved practical and was favorably received by the Medical Service.

Earphones

The use of earphones with cabinet projectors, midget equipment, or standard equipment is a further boon toward bringing the most personal motion picture pleasure to individuals or small groups of bed patients without distrubing others in the same room or ward. In some hOSpitals commercially produced earphones are used, in others the sound is channelled through public address headsets, and in still others, projectionists have constructed very adequate earphone receivers. At the Hot Springs, South Dakota, hospital, projectionists E. L. Beck and R. B. Weisser designed and built headphone adapters which won the endorsement of doctors in the form of permitting a greater number of showings in wards. Diagrams of these adapters developed at Hot Springs were distributed to all VA branch offices for national use where desired. Marshall B. Bryarly, a Veterans Administration employee at Roanoke, Virgina, also developed practical, portable, individual sound equipment for bed patients. The use of such headset with as many as nine sets of earphones has been very successful.

Diagrams of practical projector carts were distributed nationally for convenience in "putting the show on the road" between wards and rooms.

Generally, showings take place indoors. However, there are one or two 354nm. installations and many successful 16-min. group showings outdoors, particularly in the summer season in the warmer regions of the country.

Mobile units are in use for film circuiting in Puerto Rico.

For 8-mm. Films

Eight-millimeter films have played an unusually helpful role at two hospitals, Rutland Heights, Massachusetts, and Montgomery, Alabama. Volunteers have made 8-mm. films of the homes and fam ilies of patients incapable of leaving the

hospital. This very much appreciated service has brought a family reunion within armls reach of patients since outright possession of the film is donated.

EVALUATION

Medical authorities have given many favorable opinions on the results apparent from the current motion picture program in Veterans Administration hospitals. In spite of such favorable reactions, serious care must be taken in screening out I'nedically undesirable. films, especially during Hollywoods tipsychiatria cycle? Nor do these opinions lessen the need for close coordination of film showings and clearance of patients with medical authorities so as to prevent hindering, rather than helping the Vetcrans Administration medical serviceva service which has achieved the goal of being a medical service second to none. There can be no claim that movies cure

THEATRE CATALOG 1947-48
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 530