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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 151 (117)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 151
Page 151

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 151

scratch, with absolutely no idea of what to do next.

Results: Reception appeared as if the machines were not in synchronization. More than one object appeared at the same time and the complete image blurred.

Step ZeThursday, April 9:

We decided that it was important to repaint the screen since the previous test showed us that the machines were in synchronization. Since our existing base was a hat white paint, as previously explained, we decided that a rubber base paint, (Goodyear Pliolite Base 8-5 with Aluminum metallic platting) was necessary. This paint was designed and

mixed for us by a local paint manu-,

facturer, and the screen was painted with it. We were again ready for the next test.

Results: Thursday our regular run feature on fiat projection was very poor. Checker-board was very prominent. Every block and crevice on the screen could be seen, since it was somewhat irregular to begin with. Public reaction was not too critical since we announced previously that we were converting our screen for 3-D. We did not screen a 3-D film on this surface as we knew we had to correct the screen for the hat product. Step 3eFriday, April 10:

Friday morning We had come to the conclusion that we had used a paint much too bright and had given the screen too much reflection. It was decided to make the paint much flatter or less brilliant. This was accomplished by using the same paint as used in Step 2, with an additive of Aluminum Stereate.

THE MEN who were responsible for the building and operating at the Auto-Cine Drive-In are seen here. Seen, from left to right, Elton Todd:


Results; Friday evening, the flat regular showing did not have the checkerboard as prominent as in Step 2. On screening the 3-D picture, the checkerboard still existed but not as prominent as with the flat picture. The reception on the 3-D was fair, but we knew we were still a long way from having all our problems solVed.

Step 4-Saturday, April 11:

Since our fiat picture was still very poor, we decided to get the paint more perfectly whiteealmost a pale light blue color. This was accomplished by using the same mixture as in the above step with an additive of fiat white paint and Titanium.

Results: On Saturday evening our screen was perfect for the fiat picture with more light, we believe, than with the original iiat picture. However, with the addition of more light, we had lost a great deal of the pictures texture. On Monday, April 13, we again screened the 3-D picture and the results Were again very poor; almost as bad as in Step 1. We then concluded that we had made the paint too white, giving us too much diffused light. I might add at this stage we were just about to give up the entire project and go back to our original screen.

Step SeTucsday, April 14:

The local paint manufacturers chemist asked for one more chance to design a paint which he thought would work. He then designed a Fibrous Aluminum Bakelite Base paint to cover his previous rubber-base paint, with a great quantity of metallic added.

lies-nits: Tuesday night our reception was perfect for both flat pictures and

3-D, with very few horizontal and vertical paint laps showing. We finally had eliminated the checker-board and vertical and horizontal laps. Note: Previous paints, due to very quick drying qualities, had made horizontal and vertical paint laps. We then finishing on Wednesday with another coat of the same material and now have a perfect screen for flat and 3-D product.

Wide Screen

We have now decided to tackle the wide screen and are awaiting our States inquiries as to materials suitable for screen covering. We have gone ahead with the unscheduled planning for a. wide screen frame to be mounted on mono-rails to: the existing screen tower, with additional pipe columns to be installed on each side of the screen tower to give the necessary width. We believe that with this method we could install a screen of any width desired, which couldl then be rolled away, making use of our' existing screen for all or any of the processes on the market which Would} be adaptable to it.

During construction of the frame for the wide screen, it could be built without any closing-down time on the theatre, However, we feel that in the event it is decided that the wide screen will take care of all the processes, we could s.ill build a wide screen, and still use the above-described'method of monorail. The whole frame could then be moved into place in a fixed position. The latter method would be cheaper to install due to cheaper construction method, but there would still be no shut-down time for the theatre.

Paul W. Kayers, Panama branch manager for Westrex Company: and the author. Ioseph Putaturo, vice-president and the general sales manager.
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 151