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Vintage Projectors 20 Sep 2005 15:32 #11000

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I have two vintage projectors from the 40's/50's that I need some type of value placed on. I would like to e-mail pictures to anyone who may have some expertise in this area. They would be great props for any movie about movies in the 40's or 50's. Additionally, I have some old medical equipment that could/would be used for the same movie type props. Please contact me if you are interested or could help with valuing these items.
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Re: Vintage Projectors 20 Sep 2005 16:46 #11001

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Vintage projectors?

I thought you meant projectors from the 20s or 30s. Depending what make and model, projectors from the 40s and 50s are in many cases better then what are made today. I'm still using my 1945 Simplex E-7s every day and they do a great job. The only thing I'd trade up to if I could find a pair, would be some late 50s Simplex XLs. They are in my opinion the best projectors ever made.
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Re: Vintage Projectors 21 Sep 2005 09:36 #11002

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There are plenty of theaters still using 1940's & 1950's era projectors every day. They are indeed among the best made projectors. Even 1940's era machines that have been out of service for years can be rebuilt and put back into daily use. Brand new parts are plentiful depending on make/model.
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Re: Vintage Projectors 21 Sep 2005 20:11 #11003

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I just has two of my Motiograph AAs rebuilt. should be good for another 60 years.
Paul Turner
Avalon Cinema
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Re: Vintage Projectors 24 Sep 2005 00:22 #11004

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Avalon:
I just has two of my Motiograph AAs rebuilt. should be good for another 60 years.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

IMO the best machine ever built. If I ever get to open the theatre I want I'll search out a pair.



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Re: Vintage Projectors 25 Sep 2005 00:03 #11005

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We still have two AA's in our booth at our single screen, but they were retired 4 years ago when we switched from carbon arc/reel to reel to a Xenon bulb/platter. I agree that they are a great machine, but I was under the impression that parts were difficult to come by for them. They were left in position when the "new" system was put in and can still be run if we move the "new" projector out of the way. It was a tough decision to replace the AA's, but the argument made to us was that the parts were getting hard to find.
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Re: Vintage Projectors 25 Sep 2005 10:08 #11006

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A local screening room had two Motiographs. One went out somehow, and was recently replaced by a Century "C". They put on a good show, but it is strange to see two different projector heads in the same booth.
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Re: Vintage Projectors 27 Sep 2005 21:12 #11007

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For Motiograph AA parts, try American Cinema Equipment in pdx.
Paul Turner
Avalon Cinema
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Re: Vintage Projectors 28 Sep 2005 05:43 #11008

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When I was planning a theatre on the Oregon coast Scott Hicks at ACE bid on a rebuilt Motiograph package for me.

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Re: Vintage Projectors 28 Sep 2005 09:39 #11009

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I just opened the second screen at my drive-in last weekend running a Brenkert BX-60. Not the best choice, but it does the job. In my other booth, I have a Simplex XL, which I want to duplicate in booth #2.

Barry Floyd
Floyd Entertainment Group
Lebanon, Tennessee

Stardust Drive-In Theatre
Watertown, Tennessee
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Lebanon, Tennessee

Stardust Drive-In Theatre
Watertown, Tennessee
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Re: Vintage Projectors 28 Sep 2005 20:42 #11010

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Duplicating projectors between theaters run by the same projectionists makes life WAY easier. Parts are the same, describing problems over the cell phone doesn't take on the added task of me having to remember what projector they are talking about, and when training a new projectionist, you can thread up on projector for reference in the same booth.
Paul Turner
Avalon Cinema
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Re: Vintage Projectors 07 Oct 2005 10:46 #11011

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Up here in Ontario, there is a gent who converted his house into a five-screen theatre AND movie museum. He has a renowned collection of vintage projectors. In fact, he has an old one of ours that came off a WWII era U.S. battleship.
Check it out online at www.highlandscinemas.com
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