Have You Ever…. …seen the inside of the Projector-Room? Perhaps someone out there knows which cinema this is? If YOU are the gentleman in this picture, DO tell us about your experience! We thank Shuen Huey Foo of Ipoh for this picture. Related posts: The ‘Singout’, Organised by MGS More Scenes from the Ipoh Swimming Club “Maggie the Cat” ‘Lights, Camera, Action’! By felicia|2012-01-23T09:30:37+08:00January 23rd, 2012|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, movies, People|Tags: Cinema, movie|3 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Teen Idols? Gallery Teen Idols? Singing with emotion Gallery Singing with emotion Then & Now – Movie Posters Gallery Then & Now – Movie Posters Then & Now – Movie Tickets Gallery Then & Now – Movie Tickets ‘Reel’ life Gallery ‘Reel’ life 3 Comments AP@IpohBornKid January 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm - Reply Although I do not know the man or the location of the cinema, I did have some experience in seeing the projectionists doing their work in preparation for the showing of a film. The equipment seems to be late 1940s or early 1950 equipment, with carbon arc lamps in the projector which produced a very bright white light to shine against the film. The noise in the projection room is quite loud and people do not take adequate protection for their ears. The noise sounded like mounting a piece of hard cardboard or thin bamboo on the bicycle and letting it hit the spokes of the wheel, tat, tat,stat… My interest started when I started to collect film strips (usually one frame) when the projectionist check the roll of film for breakages. The rolled film came in a 10-12 inch roll encased by a metal cannister. The roll is taken out and put on a flat rounded disk and was threaded to the spool on the other side. The handle was turned and the film was spooled into a rounded spool (like a tape recorder spool but the sides were metal strips rather than a flat surface. As the film moved, the man would place his thumb and 2nd finger feeling for breakages, pitted or uneven edges on the film. When he found one, he would inspect the film and if the breakage was severe (it causes film break during the show), he would splice the film, cut a frame or two out, scrap a tiny bit of the film on both ends, apply glue and stick them together. He then continues until the roll is finished. Meanwhile, he allowed me to pick the frame for keeps. Each metallic spoke spool is then inserted in the top rounded part of the projector, threaded through to the receiver spool (this spool has only one solid side). When the roll is completed, it is taken out and put back into the metal cannister. The process is repeated for every roll of film (black & white or color). The color film is just like the modern slide. You could see the sound is embedded on one of the edges of the film. In early projectors, the synchronization is done manually. The projectionist sees the white circle on the top left or right of the picture screen and that is the signal for him switch the next projector on. Sometimes he missed the cue and you can numbers 10, 9 ,8 etc before the scene continues. For second or third run films, breakages in film was very common and when it did, big cry of aw comes from the audience and when it is serious, the lights comes on. You wait until the film is spliced and glued to resume screening. The carbon arc lamps gave a lot of heat hence the fan in the room. Now it is air-conditioned and the film change is automatic. N Subramanian November 29, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply My subject of interest is audio.I have visited projection room of 35 mm in a theater near by Chenna where I reside.It was during mid 60s Usually there are 2 projectors so that projection is continous The chane over starts when a cross mark runs on screen and compleated when 2nd cross mark appears Normally the length of film is 1000 meters but in theater they add two rolls and wind so that run time is increased. The limitation on run time is how long carbon arcs can last In that time also illumination is by arc and mirror reflect light on to film and to screen Now a days arcs are replaced with lamps of high illuminatios Every reel that is compleated projection has to be wound back for next show Music before movie is played by recrds and audio amplifier with speaker behind screen Sound on the movie is sensed by suitable light sensor through video trac which is on one of film through suitable sound amplifier as part of projection system Subramanian ika January 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm - Reply Thanks for that description AP it will probably astound the younger readers. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prove that you are a human!