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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 321 (285)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 321
Page 321

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 321

Changing Service Scene

A Summation of the Advances Made by a Leading Sound Service Organization, and a Review of the Latest Methods Now In Use

On December 7th, 1937, Altec Service Corporation, newly formed organization dedicated to the finest traditions and principles in the field of theatre sound and service, accepted its first contract from an exhibitor. Time does not permit a. search through the records containing the names of thousands and thousands of theatres which have subscribed to Altec service since then, to establish the name of the first Altec customer. The chances are, if the theatre is still operating, it is among Altecls active accounts. That is one of the things this organization is most proud of; the continued confidence and loyalty its service has engendered on the part of exhibitors throughout the United States.


Much water has roared under the bridge since Altec undertook its first service job in 1937. Optical sound-onfilm had become firmly established; the experimental stage of synchronous disk and film had become a memory; almost the same as the wonders of optical sound dimmed a year and a half ago as the brilliance of stereophonic sound engulfed the industry in a hopeful, optimistic aura, the glow of which, despite a natural series of circumstances and events, still persists.

True to the principles of progress, research and sound engineering knowledge on which it was organized in 1937, the changing scene in the field of technical service, maintenance, and installation found Altec fully equipped to keep

COMPLETELY renovated interior of the Harrison. West Chester, Pa.. has a 27 by 16 foot screen. The small house is equipped with stereophonic sound.



Altec Service Corp.

BRIEF: This article follows the activities of one of the best sound service organizations presently serving the motion picture theatre field . . . The short history offered . . . also acts as a summary of the advances made in, the presentation of sound and film in order to achieve the highest level of quality . . . and patron enjoyment . . . There are other sections devoted to the work of the sound service engineer of today . . . and how he is equipped to perform his job in servicing and installing the various magnetic and optical multiple channel sound systems . . . The review of the special instruments that have been developed is of great interest and indicates the amount of work and skill that are part of the service engineefs regular job.

# pace with the developments which have crowded, one after another, into the amazed and sometimes confused purview of the industry at all levels of production and exhibition. It has been by no mere accident that Altec has succeSSfully met the challenge presented by the advent of the new and varying techniques which have so radically changed service and maintenance procedures. Proof that Altec has kept pace with wide-spread technical advances in

theatre sound is graphically illustrated in the pictures reproduced herein. These photographs deal with the procedures developed by our organization for the installation, service and maintenance of stereophonic sound systems in theatres of varying capacity. The Harrison Theatre, a 398 seat house in Westchester, Pa., and the Boyd, Bethlehem, Pa., a deluxe, 1500 seater, were selected to inform readers of THEATRE CATALOG concerning the routine followed by Altec field engineers.

Demonstrates Procedures

The captions accompanying these photographs are fully explanatory, and demonstrate such procedures as amplifier transmiSSion tests, trouble-shooting during actual show projection, testing to determine presence of sound in penthouse magnetic pickup, demagnetization of projector mechanism parts, and a variety of other exclusive Altec service procedures in connection with stereophonic sound systems. The attention of THEATRE CATALOG readers is directed to those photographs taken in the booth of the Boyd Theatre, Bethlehem, wherein H. J. Brown, veteran Altec field engineer who services a number of theatres in the Pennsylvania area, adjusts the switching amplifier, sometimes called in industry parlance a itsquelcherfy thereby eliminating timonkey-chatter," or background noise present at times on magnetic film recordings. This procedure prevents distracting noises from assailing the ears

THE Boyd, Bethlehem, Pm. is a deluxe operation of 1500 seats. Like the smaller theatre it too requires the services oi the sound service engineer.
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 321