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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 218 (182)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 218
Page 218

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 218

A DRAWING of a typical Magnascopo installation. There were available 25 years ago. and might be practical {or use with today's screens.

assembly utilizing our popular Besteel this track are of nylon ball-bearing construction and therefore require no lubrication. The use of nylon minimizes abrasion, provides high corrosion resistance, and assures the carrier of a longer life. A hearing is included in the hub of each of the two wheels in the carrier. The advantage to using this track over the Silent Steel model is that less packing space is required. One of the chief drawbacks with regard to a new wide screen installation, centers around the fact that most wide screens take up almost the entire proscenium space, leaving very little side wall room for the packing of the curtain when it is open. Each Silent Steel carrier measures a little under two inches in width which means that on a 40 foot track each 20 foot curtain section has to be allocated approximately three and one-half feet to accommodate its packed fabric. With Besteel, however, the width of the carrier measures only one inch and on such a 40 foot track less than two feet would be needed for packing space.


Again, from a practical standpoint and considering both the theatre and the dealer who makes the installation, we unqualifiedly would prefer that theatres put in screen curtains supported from straight draws rather than curves. Certainly from a cost point of View it is far less expensive to purchase and install a. straight track produced from an assembly line than to put in especially fabricated and relatively high priced curved equipment. Of course we, as manufacturers, do not effect as high a sales figure on a straight track transaction, but on the other hand the user has a foolproof assembly, not to mention the less time it takes to make delivery. For instance, where it might take one man hour to process a 40 foot straight track through our plant, it would actually take about 10 man hours to produce a 40 foot curved track depending of course on the Radius. In

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all fairness to the enthusiastic adherents of a decorative and distinctive-looking stage there can be no question that a screen presentation is definitely enhanced by the presence of a traveler which follows the curved contours of the wide screen.

In defense of straight tracks over and above the fact that they are lower priced and easier to make, it is interesting to note that especially with some CinemaScope screens the actual screen curvature is so slight that a curved screen curtain paralleling it would in all probability be unnoticeable in its curved form anyway. In this connection we read with interest recent articles in the trade journals which stated that a flat CinemaScope screen installed in Radio City Music Hall has presented CinemaScope on a flat screen without any tilt . . ."

Enlarge Front Curtain Track

Where the theatre owner is concerned about an excessive outlay of money in order to convert to a screen refiecting an illusion of depth, he may well consider enlarging his front curtain track which can easily be done with minimum expense, equipment, and labor. By the use of splicing clamps a straight track measuring, for example, 40 feet can be widened to 60 feet by purchasing two 10 foot channels, two pairs of hanging clamps, 10 single carriers and two pairs of splicing clumps. The end pulleys must he removed from the present track ends and attached to the respective 10 foot channels following which the cord must be rethreuded through all of the carriers. The installer must make certain that the extension channel is lined up properly with the section to be joined and that the splicer fits properly to each end. In this way track conversion costs

SCREENS mu be enlarged easily by making use of splicing cumpn as illustrated in this picture.

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 218