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Antonio Marcheselli
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Someone know a projector factory called "megasystem"? I've read an article on an Italian magazine: Italian's Warner Village Cinemas will install these projectors ("Mega 8/70/35") in their booths for the next three years...
I knew that WV had a contract with Cinemeccanica, did they found someone that sell cheaper projector???

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Jerry Chase
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http://www.megasystem.com/main.html

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Adam Martin
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Megasystems manufactures projectors for large-format venues. In other words, Imax wanna-be's. Looks like the projectors you mentioned will run 35mm, 5-perf 70mm and 8-perf 70mm.

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Aaron Sisemore
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Ballantyne manufactures some of the MEGA projectors, IIRC.

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Gordon McLeod
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I think Kinoton is the only one with a multiformat machine
The mega used to be 870 only with twin intermittents

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Dick Vaughan
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Gord

Megasystems were exhibiting the dual 435/870 projector at GSTA in Chicago last week. It has dual gauge sprockets ,pad rollers etc. Steve Kitten was saying that it will be convertible to run 570 but will require changing intermittent sprockets and some other parts.

They also were displaying the prototype 1570 dual intermittent machine which they were saying would run 10,000 pass loops with no visible damage. I should like to see independent proof of that before jumping in and throwing out the ole'rolling loop!

BTW Megasystems offerred to supply 870 machine to run film at next years GSTA . Talking to Glenn Shaver it seems either Famous Players Paramount would seem favourite venue so A/B comparisons would be possible between 1570 and 870 ,otherwise the 3D 70mm theatre at OSC is alternative. I think that trying to shoehorn it into your booth at Cinesphere would be just a little difficult.

BTW congrataulations to Cinesphere on receiving the Founders Award at GSTA.

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Adam Martin
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Oh, come on, Dick, where's your sense of adventure? With that 30K lamphouse gone, there's plenty of room *above* the Imax in Gordon's booth for another LF machine!


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Gordon McLeod
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Well considering that regular we fit the big ILA JVC in for conferences I think I could make the mega fit

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Dick Vaughan
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Well Gord nothings definite as yet.. i am sure you could twist a few arms if you want to get hold of it . You could always hold John Gifford to ransom

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Antonio Marcheselli
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Thanks for the link.

I didn't found information about 35mm projector on Megasystems website. Do they build 35mm projectors or not?

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Gordon McLeod
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Dick that wouldn't work they would say keep him

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Mark Gulbrandsen
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I have yet to see a single 70mm 8 perf theatre that impressed me a bit. ALWAYS a much dimmer picture, so dim in some cases that it actually bothered my eyes. Nothing can compare to running 15/70. Light level, and distribution is unequaled in large format projection. Dust and scratches are also magnified far less.
Optics for all 8/70 systems I know of are run of the mill...off the shelf Schneider, or Isco standard optics. This presents a big compromise in itself. The Imax system of incorporating the field flattener into the Leitz custom designed optics is the best so far. Perhaps if some of the 8/70 manufacturers put more effort into optics it would be a better system. The only problem then is that you have a lens that costs more than the whole 8/70 system does. IMHO I wish 8/70 systems would disappear as they are hurting the future of 15/70.
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Don Sneed
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The only Megasystem projector they in make 35mm is a one of a kind in Tokyo Japan, it a 8/35mm for a customer who wanted this to their special need, its a Ballantyne turn on its side...they only manufacture 8/70 & 15/70mm machines....I service this projector here in Tokyo, & its a very good machine, uses a standard Strong SCDC platter ( well slighly modifly) but I have no problem with it, and the people at Megasystem is very good to get along with & very knowledgable in the field...

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Dick Vaughan
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Don

I have a copy of a press release sent out by ZeeAnn Mason zmason@megasystem.com dated August 10 2001 giving details of the deal with Warner Village to install 870/35 projector at the Torri Bianche location just north of Milan, a flyer from Megasystems showing the projector and I was shown the the projector at the GSTA trade show by Steve Kitten in Chicago two weeks ago. I think it is safe to say this projector does exist.
I have scanned flyer and asked Brad to include these here


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Steve Guttag
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Mark:

Schneider now has a line of purpose-built 8/70 lenses that are simply marvelous (looked at a 42.5mm lens recently).

I look at the 8/70 systems as a better choice for typical exhibitors that want a large format theatre. The Kinoton MP-75 allows for both 8/70 and 4/35 so the exhibitor can have it both ways.

If you want the IMAX presentation though...go to an IMAX theatre running 15/70. I don't see the point in typical multiplexes. IMAX would do best if they stayed with the type of venues they are known for (Museums and such). If there is an IMAX on every corner then they are no longer special and they all will suffer.

Steve

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