FILM-TECH SCREENING ROOM (CURRENT / PLANO) Plano, TX
The penthouse stack got a bit taller this time due to the addition of a custom delay bracket. In this setup there is a cue reader just below the film cleaner which reads cues to trigger the opposing projector to initiate a changeover. The actual cue is placed 4 frames after the last frame that is desired to be projected, making for effortless cue'ing of new films without a frame counter. By the time the final frame reaches the aperture, the other projector is up to speed and the system performs a frame-accurate changeover every time. (Similarly, there is a cue point of where the "first frame to be projected" sits on the incoming projector. This eliminates the concern of missing frames in the countdown leader.) Of course, CA21 automations are used. There is no substitute.
January 2010 photo from the Brad Miller collection.