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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 474 (450)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 474
Page 474

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 474

A Theatre Television Training Program

Both Residential and Home-Study Courses Offer.

Theatremen Thorough Grounding in Video Teclmiques

To paraphrase an old cliche, television is here to stay. So is electronics, and both the management and the operating staffs of the nations theatres know it. Furthermore, they are doing something about the future; not berating the unkind fate that yanked this lusty competitor out of a hat, but learning all they can about its fundamentals and its behavior. Most theatremen still remember the coming of sound and the havoc it wreaked on the once placid world of the silent cinema. They realize now that technical developments cannot be ignored.

Getting acquainted with the electronic age means going back to school. In 1948, the Chicago local of the I.A.T.S.E. selected DeForestis Training, Inc., to prepare some of its members for the coming era of theatre television. Underlying the project was an acceptance of video as an ally rather than as an arch foe; and the realization that theatre television is simply another facet of the fundamentals of television. DeForestls Training, Inc., provided the background and training required for a practical, technical knowledge of the field and its special application to theatre entertainment.


Established in 1931, DeForestls Training, Inc., offers both home training through correspondence tuition, and residential laboratory training in Chicago. The school has earned an enviable repu

BRIEF: Although it is still in a relatively experimental stage, theatre television shows every promise of becoming a valuable adjunct to motion picture showings . . . It is certain . . . as the cost of such equipment is lowered and other technical problems solved . . . that video will be installed in more and more theatres.

Theatre television . . . in recent months was used in some metropolitan, areas to bring major sporting events to the public . . . While these programs previously were not presented on a definite schedule, the opening of the 1950 iiBig Tenii football rivalry brought ittheatrecastsii to fans in Chicago . . . every Saturday during the season . . . Two theatres exhibited the games each week . . . and excellent attendance proved the great interest the public has in this medium of entertainment. '

In answer to the need of theatremen for training in television, a Chicago technical school . . . DeForestis Training, Inc. . . . offers a complete home training or resident program in television . . . including theatre television . . . to management and operators of picture houses.

A special program . . . used in 1948 by the Chicago local of the I.A.T.S.E. to prepare some of its members for the theatre television era and since revised . . . stresses practical applications as well as theory . . . Movies are used to illustrate and clarify various lesson topics . . . both at Chicago and in the studentis home.

The following article describes the"

background of the school . . . and the study methods in some detail.


THE D.T.I. SERIES of courses uses the latest professional equipment wherever possible. Here shown are two students sealed at the power supply umt. camera control monitor, line monitor and synchronizing generator, and standing to operate a camera similar to those lound in many of the nation's TV stations.


tation for itself. It is a member of the National Home Study Council. When it received the Certificate of Merit from the New York Museum of Science and Industry in 1947, it was the only school of its kind in the country ever to be so honored, and was praised for one of "Americas foremost home study and laboratory courses in radio, electronics and communications." During World War II, D.T.I. was commissioned by the Government to help train Army Air Force Instructors on electronic gunnery training devices. Later, it cooperated with many of the nations leading railroads in preparing a highly specialized training course for railroad employees in two-way train radio. By experience and by reputation, DeForestis Training, Inc., is well qualified to teach theatre industryites the fundamentals of theatre television.

Emphasis is on the practical aspects of television, with theory streamlined to serve best the learn-by-doing educational program. After a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of radio (tubes, receivers, and amplifiers; radio reception and transmission; and radio servicing), the studenteif he so elects; moves directly into modern electronic television and advanced television. The theory basic to the operation of television is explained step by step in such a manner that the student obtains a clear idea of the invisible electronic activity in progress behind the facade of his receiver. In applying the basic principles he learns to theatre television, the student discovers that only superficial modifications in the general theory are involved in the easy transition to his own specialized field.

Two Different Methods

The efficient organization of study material permits the training to be covered either in residence at Chicago or at the students own home-halfway around the globe if necessary. While the study plans in residential training differ in procedure from those in home training, the basic material in each approach is identical. Laboratory students progress under the guidance of a skilled instructional staff, while the home students are carefully supervised and checked by D.T.Ifs student relations department, lesson-grading department, and the consultation department. The lastnamcd handles all technical questions which may be submitted by a homo student, offering practical Suggestions designed to keep enrollces constantly on the right track.

"If you are able to come to Chicago for at least at 36-week period," states l).T.l., uyou can get all of your training

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 474