USAF Hanscom AFB
Bedford, MA, USA
Shot of the theater exterior from a few years ago. The building
is also used for lectures and other events.
Film are usually shown on Fridays and Saturdays only.
A newer exterior shot of the theatre. Hasn't changed in two years,
except for the titles on the marquee.
Lobby, with cash register for ticket sales ($3 for adults, $1.50 for
children) and concession stand.
More shots of the lobby.
Looks like Technicolor hasn't picked up films in awhile.
Interior of auditorium, with new JBL surround speakers. The fluorescent
lights are for cleaning (and photographic) purposes only.
General view of largeish auditorium from the booth. Behind the
screen, they're using the small JBL horn speakers. The screen frame
is of the shallow-curve type and the screen itself is nicely sized.
There is no side masking per se; the curtains can be opened to whatever
width is appropriate for the film being shown.
Auditorium entrance doors from the lobby. The door on the right
is labelled "Projection Room" in order to confuse customers and employees.
It actually goes to the projection room.
ORIGINAL BOOTH PICTURES
Equipment includes Simplex XLs, RCA 9030 soundheads, and 2kw xenon
lamps. The bases are Heavy Duty Super Simplex models. This
booth is 35mm-only. There is no 16mm capability (odd, it would seem,
for a military theatre...). The projectors are painted military-spec.
Sound rack. This is fairly recent, and includes a CP55 (Dolby
A only) and Crown amps. This system is not bi-amped.
Goldberg power rewind and reel cabinet. Note rare view of unbroken
Handcrank inspection bench and reel cabinet. There is no motorized
inspection bench here, nor is there any large-reel capability (not a major
issue, since films are almost never shown more than once.) The leftmost
slot in the reel cabinet contains a National Anthem film which is shown
at every presentation (this being a military theatre and all....)
NEW BOOTH PICTURES
Interior of booth taken from booth entrance at the top of the stairs.
Simplex X-Ls, now with Dolby cat. 702 SRD penthouse readers and RCA
soundheads, now with Jaxlights. I'm not sure what the evil slide
projector was doing on top of the rectifier. Hopefully cinema advertising
hasn't invaded the AAFES theatres yet. There are controls for curtain
and changeover at each machine, yet the houselight dimmer controls are
oddly distributed with some controls next to each machine.
Booth phone, Goldberg motorized rewinder, and new sound rack.
From top to bottom: new booth monitor, CP650D, new Marantz CD player,
new Crown amps, and unknown exciter power supply.
Whoever decided to do the sound upgrade didn't think to upgrade therewind
bench, too. Thus, the Neumade handcrank bench is still needed for
Print of "Beyond Borders" is ready to show. The trailer reel
is at the far left and begins with the national anthem, which is always
the first thing to hit the screen during a show at any military theatre.
A couple of slots in the reel cabinet are damaged and not usable.
F86 Sabre Jet on display outside across from the theatre.
Special thanks to Scott Norwood for the pics.