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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 231 (195)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 231
Page 231

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 231

After this rigging for flying the screen and frame is installed then the edges of the screen are masked in the. usual manner with consideration given to the masking of the bottom of the screen frame at the door, which is generally eight inches to 15 inches high, depending on the projection angle and the stage apron. The Hying t0p masking border is then installed to fit the (liEei-ent aspect ratio of the films to be shown and this border is curved to suit the frame and must be flat with no fullness and have a straight clear cut bottom edge as this masks the top of the picture.

The material for the masking borders should be a good grade of black Cammando Cloth or Velour. This border is also installed on a counterweight set and may be manually or electrically operated.

Next, the screen curtain and track must be. installed ahead of the screen and masking border and kept as close as possible to these to give the best results. The tracks may be curved or straight depending on the amount of curve in the screen and frame. There are several good tracks available that are suitable for this use and may be manually or electrically operated as required. These tracks may be hung dead but prefers ably on counterweight sets.

Screen Curtain

The material for the screen curtain should be a velour, damask or satin. unlined, and in a color to blend in with the theatre color scheme. Sometimes the

THIS rear view at a CinemuScope screen installation gives some indication of [he various factors which must be taken into consideration. One of


leading edges of the curtain are reinforced with additional stiffening material so that they may be used for masking the sides or edges of the picture in conjunction with the top masking border. However, the better way for installing and operating side masking is to install two single light duty curtain tracks on each off stage side of the screen frame. These will have to be installed in such a manner that the curtain legs will clear the entire height of the screen and not rub or leave marks on the screen while being operated.

The material for these legs will be the same as that used in the top masking border. These legs will have to be wide enough to mask the screen for the narrowest width picture required, as well as the largest CinemaScope picture width. These tracks will also have to be long enough to bring the legs as far on stage as required as well as suflicient distance off stage to clear the required CinemaScope opening. These tracks may be operated in single units or as one unit and may be. inanually or electrically operated as desired.

New Effect

When considering the new screen curtain and valance that must mask this curtain, considerable thought should be given to this because here is an opportunity to give the front of the theatre stage a new and different affect. This is always important from the standpoint of the boxofiice receipts

and also stimulates new interest from the customers point of View.

Another method of giving the front of the theatre and proscenium opening the HNew Lookl) is to have 3. Simploform or Prosceno-form Contour Curtain installed, These are always electrically operated and can be designed to be very outstanding and attractive.

Several changes and new developments have been incorporated in these curtain installations so that they will tit into the scheme and help make CinemaScope installations more outstanding. These curtains are especially important and a must where the CinemaScope screen extends through the. proscenium opening and out into the theatre auditorium and overhead space is limited and at a premium, and there is not sufficient off-stage space to pack draw curtains away in. Contour curtains also react much more favorably to additional high lighting than regular draw curtains do.


The new advent of CinemaScope has made great strides in the motion picture presentation in the past year, and the industry is looking forward to greater developments and still greater achievements in the future. In line with future developments it will be necessary to develop new engineering and installation techniques as well as new operating equipment in order to keep pace with changes and developments.

the major problems is that of flying the screen. It has been found that two or three counterweights are generally required to fly these units.
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 231