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Longest-tenured 35mm projector? [CONTINUED]

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  • Longest-tenured 35mm projector? [CONTINUED]

    I am continuing this thread from the archived site.

    I know of two Simplex High carbon arc projectors that still exist at my university... one is currently in our library fully assembled on display while the other one is in storage. These were installed in our main auditorium around 1940 for the ROTC program. The club kept them running until the early 90s when we were gifted two DP-70s that we still maintain and use to the day. I do not know much about the DP-70s history before 1990, however.

    Here is a current photo of the Simplex High on display:


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    Our group of cinemas still has a couple of Kalee machines dotted around, which are still semi-frequently used for public showings. The one I attach a photo of is at the Rex in Elland Yorkshire (so not too far from where it was made in Leeds) This particular machine was manufactured in 1949, so I am told.


    • #3
      Someone I know (who I suspect lurks on F-T, so I don't want to break cover) has been experimenting with LED illumination units designed to replace the limelight or carbon arc lamphouses in nineteenth century magic lanterns, putting them behind very early film projectors (e.g. Oskar Messter and R.W. Paul machines dating from around the turn of the c19-c20), and running archival polyester prints of early cinema classics through them.

      It would be really cool if this could be done with a surviving Lumière Cinématographe, that is documented to have played movies to a paying audience in the 1890s, and present a public show with it in the 2020s. OK, it would fail the spirit of this thread, because the device would not have been in continuous, revenue-earning service. But an LED unit with a similar output and color temperature to the light sources in use then shouldn't be too hard to make, and it would give us a very useful insight into what audiences in the1890s and early '00s actually saw.


      • #4
        Unless modified an original Cinématographe has a 20 mm pulldown and a double-sided claw with round tips. 35-mm. film perforated according to ISO 491 would suffer quite a bit, if not the machine. Just saying.