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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 299 (263)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 299
Page 299

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 299

Motion Picture Screen Review

A Survey of the Various Types of Screens Presently Available and the Various Features and Advantages to be Found in Each

BRIEF: In addition to all of the many functions which go into the everyday operation of a motion picture theatre . . . the exhibitor today also has to keep up with the great mass of technical changes that are taking place . . . in order to be able to keep abreast of the times . . . The problem of getting this information can be a difficult one . . . An area which has seen a tremendous amount of activity is the motion picture theatre screen . . . In an attempt to aid the reader in getting a fuller comprehension of what is available to him . . . we are ofering this article which attempts to give some idea of the features and construction of a number of the leading screens on the market . . . The data was supplied by the manufacturers . . . and it should be remembered that it is almost impossible to cover all of the points which may apply to the selection of a screen for a particular theatre . . . The purpose of this article is to acquaint the reader with these screens in order to furnish a broader base upon which to make the final decision.


When the rash of new dimensions hit the industry, exhibitors who thought that they knew their business fairly well found themselves completely confused by the mass of technical information which they needed in order to properly appraise their situation, and to purchase the equipment which best suited their particular needs. Certainly in the area of motion picture screens the situation at times bordered on that of chaos. Fortunately, through the efforts of the various screen manufacturers that condition is no longer prevalent. However, there is still much which the theatremen would like to know.

In an effort to give the exhibitor some idea of the various types of screens presently on the market, and the features of each, THEATRE CATALOG is offering this short review. While it is not the intention of this article to enable the exhibitor to purchase a particular screen on the basis of what is found here-this would be almost impossible

THE RAYTONE Hilux all-purpose screen has been installed at the Paramount Theatre, New York.

since each individual theatre calls for individual treatment-it is hoped that it will provide a convenient guide,

The information presented here has been supplied by the manufacturers.


Walker American Corporation makes a complete line of theatre screens, but is concentrating most of its efforts on the production of Walker High Intensity screens, due to the great demand for these screens.

Of all the qualities of the High Intensity screen, the firm prides itself the most on its seamless construction and uniformity of surface. It is known that any picture can be ruined if it is projected on a screen with visible seams and a streaky or uneven surface.

The High Intensity screen is a modification of a screen made by Walker during the war for the Navy's Mark 1 Gunnery Trainer, which used Polaroid three-dimension to simulate actual combat conditions.

To meet the requirements of threedimension, at the present time, as did its predecessor during the war, the High
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 299