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Justin Hamaker
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Generally speaking, I am a big fan of digital for reasons that don't need to be rehashed again. But the other day I had a parent from a home school group ask about a projection room tour. Talking to her I realized that such a tour would be pretty boring for most kids. Because everything is just a bunch of computers, there is nothing particularly interesting to look at. No moving parts or action. Plus, we don't have any garbage trailers where we could give the kids a small strip of film.

I have to admit that's one small aspect of the digital conversion that I do miss. That, and the silent booth at the end of the night.

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Steve Guttag
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What? No motorized 3D or Anamorphic attachments to "dazzle" them?

Yes...a projection booth today with a typical multiplex is definitely a "ho-hum" place for someone that has grown up with computers.

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Buck Wilson
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Agreed.

I can't begin to tell you how much I miss a silent booth at the end of a long day.

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Donald Brown
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Since digital formats have become so common place, over the past several summers at the Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre, I have found folks looking in the booth door absolutely amazed that film is still in use.
A couple from California traveling through Quebec stopped at the drive-in late one afternoon to photograph the facility. What made their visit memorable was when the gentleman asked if the 35mm equipment was being maintained for historic integrity. The concept that the medium was still commercially viable wasn't even considered.
In the digital age, even a brief glimpse in an unaltered projection booth takes on added significance!
Don Brown

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Justin Hamaker
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quote: Buck Wilson
I can't begin to tell you how much I miss a silent booth at the end of a long day.
I've posted about this before, but I completely agree with you. At the end of a long and hectic day, it was almost a zen moment to just stand in the dark and silent booth for a few minutes before heading home.

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Stephan Shelley
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Some places like the Grand Lake power down all the equipment at night. The booth is silent at night still. I know the Castro Theatre in San Francisco does as well. To the topic digital projectors just make a lot of noise and have light coming out the front. When we had Interstellar in 5/70 running, there is a good size window that one can see the platters spinning with the 70 mm on it. A lot of folks stop and pointed and looked on the way out.

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Buck Wilson
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quote: Justin Hamaker
I've posted about this before, but I completely agree with you. At the end of a long and hectic day, it was almost a zen moment to just stand in the dark and silent booth for a few minutes before heading home.
Oh absolutely. I would quite literally sit on the floor for 10 or 15 minutes in the pitch black silence and just 'wind down' before leaving.

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Monte L Fullmer
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And, I can't give tours anymore since I don't have booths to show off what we use to put a feature on the screen.

Units are located in cubby holes between walls, platform that takes an extension ladder to get to, enclosed boxes, elevated platforms and two closets.

-Monte

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Sam Graham
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Boothless cinemas are stupid. Where is the staff supposed to make out?

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Marcel Birgelen
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Duh... Behind the screen, where else?

Or do modern multiplex cinemas have screenless screens?

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Jason McMillan
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In the newer multiplexes, the engineers are hanging the projectors at the rear of the auditorium and setting up an open "Digital Command Center" (basically, the racks with the GDCs, sound gear, screenvision, etc) in a glass enclosed room. People hardly take notice to them anymore.

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Martin McCaffery
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That's some seriously ugly carpet

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Paul Mayer
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Worse than a 'Vegas casino. [Big Grin] The pic reminds me of the Premiere Cinemas 16 here in Rio Rancho.

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Jason McMillan
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Funny story, that is a Premiere Cinema, and that carpet was originally destined for Rio Rancho.

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Manny Montes
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You all are brave, with all the spooky things happening in the booths I worked at, I shut down booth and was out of there. No way I'm sitting in a pitch black booth after hours alone.

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