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Viability and availability of DVD cinema 09 Oct 2000 13:11 #747

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In my quest to revive the old family
single-screen, I pondered upon the
viability of digital projection. Although
not up to the brightness of film projection,
huge strides have been made in this field.
35mm prints of 1940's, 50's and 60's films
are just not available and my gut feeling is
if you are going to have a nostalgia cinema
fam-friendly with lots of old horror movies
for kids' Sat. matinees, what is your source
to rent these DVD's?
It seems the film companies should be
delighted to flat-rate these old movies for
nostalgia double-bills, but does anybody
have an idea who to contact or any thoughts
or advice on this concept?
Thanks,
Alan
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Re: Viability and availability of DVD cinema 09 Oct 2000 23:18 #748

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DVD's as well as VHS videotapes are licensed FOR HOME USE only. Other uses would be copyright infringement.
You don't want to piss off the studios or you'll never get ANY films to run.
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Re: Viability and availability of DVD cinema 10 Oct 2000 17:29 #749

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At United Artists we did a classic Film Series for about a year using a dual laserdisc system and the permission of the film companies.

Please note that the word permission ment that we bought the laserdiscs on our own and we got to pay the film companies to run the show. I beleive it was $300 on average. Usually nobody will accept less than $300 because it doesn't pay to do the paperwork for less.

We ran one show on Thursday morning @ 10:00 AM. We got an average of 30 people per show. Even though we were using a Hughes JVC light valve video projector with a Farujia line doubler, I would say that the quality was generaly unacceptable. The Black levels were washed out grey and there was very little detail.

Consumer Video, ie laserdiscs, DVDs, and satalite TV is mastered for the 19" to 32" TV and it always looks like crap when blown up to very large proportions.

I have seen some very good demonstrations at trade shows but the source is always something like D5 and mastered to look good on that companie's video projector.

The best video I have run is Sony Betacam SP on a Digital Projection 8SX "Motion Data Projector". The Sony VCR cost $14,000 because it was playback only. The Digital Projection machine was $125,000. They do have a unit for around $50,000 which is quite good.

Anyway the UA series broke even finacialy only because they didn't have to pay for the theatre or the projectionist. We were already there. They were just trying to make some extra money during a period when ticket sales were slow.
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Re: Viability and availability of DVD cinema 11 Oct 2000 21:04 #750

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Large,
Thanks for the input on your experience.
It sounds like film is still the medium of
choice.
Kindest Regards,
Alan

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