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DP70s in California (CA)

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Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 04.07.2009
Berkeley The Berkeley Theatre
  One DP70. Cinema closed
Beverly Hills Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Samuel Goldwyn Theatre (P)
  Three DP70 (1932+1933+2231). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. JBL speakers. Built 1974.

Image by Thomas Hauerslev 1994

1932
was rebuilt 9/2003 by Kinoton America. An internal optical shaft encoder was added. The others are scheduled to follow.

These 3 machines are projectors #2, 3 & 4. Projectors #1 & 5 are Kinoton FP-38EC-II 16/35 high speed electronic studio machines. The DP70s are on motorized 2 axis tilting mechanisms that automatically re-center them to the screen when the masking controls are used.

January 21 2013, two AAII's heads from the Regal Continental 10 theater in Denver, CO (2311+2312.) Brad Morris, Los Angeles, CA
 
Beverly Hills Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Linwood Dunn Theatre (P)
  Two DP70 (2242 r+2331 l) from Warner Hollywood.

Image by Paul Rayton

Seven DP70 (715+904+1411+ 2378+2379) in storage in various states of completion.
 
Beverly Hills Michael Hall of Beverly Hills Fine Arts (private)
  Two DP70 (2215+2216) From Westwood National.

Michael purchased the DP-70's through the owner of the National when Michael started leasing the Fine Arts in Beverly Hill, CA. Michael's lease expired and he left the machines there. Photo is Michael S. Hall next to the projectors in the booth!

Closed June 2009

Image by Robert Weisgerber
 
Beverly Hills Old Academy Theatre
Two DP70
Beverly Hills Warner Beverly Hills (P)
  One DP70 (1332) used for parts. Also claimed to be closed 1991
Buena Park Bekins Warehouse
  Two DP70 in storage (2274+2275) from Cinex Projecton Systems Ltd. (Canada). They were used for temporary outdoor film presentations and are now in Bekins warehouse. They are complete, with lamp houses, DTS and Sony penthouse readers. Have corresponding boxes with 35/70 gates. This is a picture we happened to take during a warehouse inventory.

04.09.2010 Image by Debbie Schaefer and Jim Jentges
 
Burbank Warners Hollywood Studio (P)
  Two DP70 (2242+2331). Machines sent to Linwood Dunn Theatre, Beverly Hills
Culver City MGM / Sony
  MGM/Sony Studio. Image by Davis Johnsson
 
Culver City Metro Goldwyn Mayer
  Two DP70 in Irvin G Thalberg building. Michael Todds personal preview theatre. Red curtain over the screen and 50 to 60 seats. Absolute ultimate projectors insofar the chief projectionist in 1976 was concerned. It was here Michael Todd saw his films. "Oklahoma!" was also filmed at the MGM lot.
 
Culver City The Cary Grant Theatre (*P)
  Two DP70 at largest dubbing- /screening cinema at Columbia/SONY Studios. THX. Possibly DP70 (3+4) from Rhodes Theatre, Atlanta. Ex-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Theatre.
Fresno Sunnyside Drive in Theatre
  Two DP70. Ballentyne transistor sound incl Mx power amps, Jet arc lamps. 1750 cars. Opened ca April 1965 screen 140 x 50 ft.
Glendora Mann's Glendora
One DP70. Closed
Granada Hills United Artists Movies #7
  One DP70 (2352). Sad to report that the United Artist in Granada Hills is long gone. One week they were showing first run movies and next week it was stripped bare. It is now a retail store never to show movies again. I have no idea where the DP70 went.

Yours, Philip Dye, 11 December 2003
Hollywood Boss Film
One DP70 moved to Pacific Title, Hollywood
Hollywood Carthay Circle Theatre (*»)
Two DP70 (680+681) installed for "Around the World in 80 Days" 22.12.1956. DP70 to Mann Bruin Westwood, Los Angeles.1126 seats. Demolished late 60es. "Snow White" opened here in December 1937.
Hollywood Cinerama Dome (P)
Three DP70. The Dome opened November 1963. Projectors removed in late 1980's.
Hollywood DeLuxe Laboratories (P)
Two DP70 (603+609). Replaced by two Simplex XL35/70. Both machines are in storage. Machines to Tim Burke
Hollywood Directors Guild of America
Two DP70 (910+911) Base numbers are 59-152+59-153. Moved to a new building in late 1980es. Se Los Angeles (CA).
 
Hollywood Tim Dulin (p)
Two DP70 bought from ICECO around December 2001. 
Hollywood Egyptian Theatre (*»P)
DP70 2237 and 2236. Image by Paul Rayton.

Todd-AO cinema #2. Four DP70. (601+611+2237+2236) 601+611 taken out and moved to BLSI 1998. Hollywood´s first movie palace. Opened 1922 as Graumanns Egyptian with Douglas Fairbanks starring in "Robin Hood". Re-opened with Todd-AO, two DP70, and "Oklahoma!" on 17.11.1955. First "Oklahoma!" print was 65mm with sound from separate 35mm film. Ashcraft Super Corelite lamps, Ampex 8-channel sound system, 1392 seats.. Dimension-150 from 1968 and removed during 1988 restoration. Closed due to earthquake damage in 1996. Reopened winter 1998/99 as the home of American Cinematheque. Current Egyptian DP-70's: LEFT: 2237/64-58 RIGHT: 2236/64-59 were originally installed in the Lakeside Theatre in New Orleans (LA).
Hollywood El Capitan Theatre (P)
Re-named Paramount and again after restoration by Disney in 1990 it is the El Capitan. New booth on ground floor. THX and Dolby Digital equipment. 1468 seats pre 1989. No DP70 today. Even the last film projectors are removed as of 2009. Only digital machines.
Hollywood Mann Chinese Theatre #1 (P)
Two DP70 (920+921). "Windjammer" World premiere in 3-strip Cinemiracle 08.04.1958. 36 weeks. Screen 92 x 38 ft. Graumanns Chinese Hollywood opened in May 1927 with "King of Kings" but became Manns from 1973. THX, SR.D, DTS 70mm, 1492 seats, reduced to 1151 seats in 2001. One Norelco machine, pedastal number: was 59-167 Matt Lutthans, 11 September 2003
Hollywood Mann Chinese Hollywood #2.
Two DP70 (2256+2259) from Denver (Alladin or Center theatres) THX, SR.D 750 seats. Closed and demolished 1999.

Image by Mark Ogden
 
Hollywood Mann Chinese Hollywood #3.
Two DP70 (752+754) from Denver (Alladin or Center theatres) THX, SR.D 750 seats. Closed and demolished 1999

Image by Mark Ogden

Here is an AA2 that has come to a bad end: Stripped down, filthy and on display in the Mann's Chinese Theatre Gift Shop in the Hollywood and Highland Shopping Mall behind the theatre on Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood CA. It apparently was one of the projectors from screens #2 and #3 from
the original Chinese Theatre multiplex, which was torn down in 2000 when they built the six new screens that are part of the mall. Regards, Mark Ogden, 11.07.2005
 
Hollywood Pacific Title
One DP70. It was originally at Boss film.
Hollywood Pantages (P)
Four DP70 as of July 1999. Only two are in proper working order. Live theatre
Hollywood Paramount Studio Theatre (P)
Two DP70 (684+685).
Hollywood Paramount Main Theatre (P)
Three DP70 (646+647+696). THX. Installed 1993 from the better parts of 4 projectors. Opened November 1993. 528 seats.
Hollywood Screen Actors Guild Theatre (*)
Hollywood Screen Directors Guild (*)
Hollywood SounDeluxe on Hollywood Blvd
Two DP70 (608+679) from Todd-AO in studio B in storage. Machines sent to AERO Theatre in Santa Monica 2005.
Hollywood The Todd-AO Studios #A
Two pre-production DP70 (X1+X2). No serial numbers. Installed 1955. Stage closed.

"Mister in Focus", Dan Leimeter, Image by Paul Rayton

Machines were installed immediately prior to the print checks for "Oklahoma!" in Stage A. The film had just been mixed at Kling Studios (the old Chaplin lot, now A&M Records) and they ran each print to check for drop-outs before distribution to the theatres.
  Image by Thomas Hauerslev, 1994

February the 17th, 2003, the two original prototype DP70 machines are enjoying their new home at freshly remodelled Todd-AO Stage 2, at 900 N. Seward Street, after serving faithfully and honourably for 47 years on Stage A at 1021, N. Seward Street. The historically significant projectors will be used to view optical effects as they come from the lab and to screen the completed films after the reels have been re-recorded (dubbed).
  Image by Thomas Hauerslev, 1994

 
The 1021 building has just (2003) been sold to Hollywood General Studios, adjacent to the original Todd-AO building. It is my understanding that three original machines were sent to the US at approximately the same time from Philips; two came to Todd-AO Stage A to work in sound dubbing, and one went to the American Optical Co. for display purposes. Again, that is merely my understanding; I was not aboard at that time so I cannot presume to provide first-hand information on the subject.
Dan Leimeter
Hollywood The Todd-AO Studios #B
Two DP70 (608+679) in studio B. DP70 from Eckels Theatre, Syracuse (NY). Closed February 2003. Machines to SounDeluxe on Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood The Todd-AO Studios #1 (P)
Two DP70 (1741+1744). Machines came from the ocean liner S/S France. THX.

Image by Thomas Hauerslev, 1994

The two DP70 projectors installed at Todd-AO Studios #1 (SN 1741 and 1744) were originally installed in the S/S France as indicated, but were destined to be scrapped when the ship was retrofitted as the SS Norway in Bremerhaven Germany. The projectors narrowly escaped the crusher and were salvaged by Stephen Woolley and Mark Engebretson who recognized the value of these magnificent two-motored machines. The DP70s were crated and shipped to their Van Nuys, CA office, cleaned and re-sold to Todd-AO in 1980 or 1981. Mark Engebretson
Hollywood Todd-AO Stage #2
Two pre-production DP70 (X1+X2) from Todd-AO Stage A, installed February 17, 2003. No serial number. THX.
Hollywood The Todd-AO Studios 
One DP70 (1368). Machine sat in the CDP Lab for two years or so. When CDP slid into oblivion it was packed up with all of the other equipment and is now residing in a storage locker along the Golden State Freeway near Dodger Stadium. It was a wreck when it arrived at Todd-AO nothing was done improve it. It was just used as a full-sized model for designing sprockets and pad rollers for the 2.5 perf format. It had been stripped for parts long before Todd-AO got it. If that machine was a horse, it would be a kindness to put it out of its misery. Machine moved to United Artists Theatre Corp. storage facility in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles  Brad Morris (p)
  Three DP70 (730+2015+2439). DP70 2015 from United Artists theatre in Westwood (Los Angeles) California. 730 (cannibalized). DP70 2439 was installed at the UA (Regal Cinemas) Horton Plaza in San Diego, purchased it on May 3, 2005 and moved it to Los Angeles. DP70 730 is a parts machine, mostly stripped. Head is waiting to be junked, or recycled.

Oak parts box for #2439 was not at the theater, but the box for # 2359 was there in its place. I contacted the Lunar Drive-in in Australia, and they said that they also had a box with # 2359 stamped on it! Someone goofed long ago! Brad Morris (20.06.2005)
Los Angeles Tim Burke (private)
19 DP70 (603, 609, 651, 652, 693, 941, 943, 1342, 1343, 1336, 1372, 1374, 1609, 1680, 1669, 1959, 2005, 2353 and 2435).

23.04.2010

Hello, I’m doing this for my friend, Timothy Burke. As you probably already know he is more than likely the largest private owner of DP70s in the world. He asked that I relay to you that he has now acquired a few more.

The Serial numbers are, 603, 609, 693, 1609, 1959, 2005, 2353, and 2435. And now they are safe from the landfill.

Thank You Very Much. Brion Paccassi

PS. I work at Paramount and still get to run these fine machines almost every day. I like to think of them as big giant Rolex Watches.
 
Los Angeles Directors Guild of America (P)
  Two DP70 (910+911) with base no 59-152+59-153 made in New York each with two motors. THX, CP200 and CDS
Los Angeles Forum Cinerama
  Forum DP70s, unknown photographer

Two DP70 projectors (Ashcraft Super Cinex lamphouses) in main booth as well as 3-strip Cinerama equipment. Used to be Cinerama HQ (not open to the public) from 1961 until 1978. From 1979 converted to a Korean chapel and still standing.
Los Angeles Four Star Beverly Hills (P)
  Two DP70 (1686+1701) 1178 seats. Projectors moved by mid 1999 to Warner San Pedro.
Los Angeles International Recording (P)
  Two DP70 (1333 Base 59-160+1340 Base 59-156)  
Los Angeles The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre (P)
  Two DP70 (659+660) #659 (machine #2, on the right) and #660 (machine #1, on the left [facing the screen]).

09.06.2005 Image by Paul Rayton

An open-to-the-skies venue, a kind of smaller "kid brother" to the Hollywood Bowl, on the other side of the Cahuenga Pass. Approx 1200 seats, but somewhat reduced for film shows.
  09.06.2005 Image by Paul Rayton
Los Angeles Laemmles Royal (P)
  One DP70 (663). "Hamlet" opened here in 70mm 1996.

The Laemmle "Royal", is taking out their DP70, in favor of d-cinema. PR 14.12.2011

Image by Johan Wolthuis
Los Angeles Mann Theatres Warehouse
  Two DP70 (2420+2421) for spareparts from Fox Theatre in Tulza (AZ). 2421 to America Theatre, Casper WY, USA. 2420 Fox Triplex #3, Casper (WY).
Los Angeles Los Angeles Studio
  Two DP70s installed fall 1999 at the newly created Los Angeles Studio in downtown Los Angeles. #1 upper base serial number is 6401 and #2 upper base serial number is 6466. No serial numbers.
Los Angeles Los Angeles Center Studios
  Two DP70 (2159+2276) installed 2001.

Image by Paul Rayton
Los Angeles Private
  Two DP70. (1336+1669)
Los Angeles 20'th Century Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck Theater (P)
  Two DP70 (1968+1969) in great shape. They get a daily workout and are running fine. The room is the main theater for the Studio. 70mm tests for the restoration of "South Pacific" shown 8 June 2005. Matthew Powell, Studio Projectionist
Los Angeles 20'th Century Fox, Little Theatre
  Two DP70 (1419+1438). In service up until 1998, when they were decommissioned and placed into storage, where they are awaiting a long overdue overhaul.
Los Angeles United Artists Theatre (*)
  Two DP70. Todd-AO theatre #3. "Oklahoma!" premiered 24.12.1955. Ampex 6-track stereo, 1453 seats. Closed. Now a church.
Monrovia Mann's Huntington Oaks
Two DP70. DP70's moved to storage in the basement of the National Theatre in Westwood. The Mann houses are closed now and the Picwood was demolished.
Pasadena Hastings Theatre (P)
  Two DP70 and 5 screens
Pasadena UA Marketplace #4
  One DP70 (2005). THX. Base 6363.
San Jose California Theatre (P)
  Two DP70 (____+____)
San Pedro Warner (P)
  Two DP70 (1686+1701) From the Four Star Beverly Hills. Installed 1999.
Santa Monica Aero Theatre (P)
  Two DP70 (608+679) Machines came from Soundelux, Hollywood, and before that from Todd-AO, Studio B.

Originally they came from The Granada Theatre Buffalo (NY).

Left is projector #1, which is s/n 608. And, on one's right is projector #2, which is s/n 679.

DP70s being installed in January 2005. Image by Paul Rayton
 
Tarzana Panavision, Inc
  Two DP70 (1675+1680). Closed. 1675 moved to new HQ in Woodland Hills.

Image by Thomas Hauerslev, 1994
Tarzana Columbia College-Hollywood
  One DP70 (1680) in the old Panavision plant. 1680 to Tim Burke, Los Angeles, USA
Thousand Oaks United Artists Movies #2 (P)
  One DP70 (1366)
Universal City The Alfred Hitchcock Theatre (P)
  Two DP70. At Universal studios lot. No DP70s as of 2003.
West Los Angeles Pacific's Picwood Theatre
Two DP70
West Los Angeles Picwood Theatre
Two DP70
Westwood Village Bruin (P)
Two DP70 (680+681+1671) from Carthay Circle Theatre, Hollywood (CA). Cinema opened 1935. THX, SR.D. 823 seats. DP70 681 is cannibalized.

Left machine is removed and replace by digital projector Lamphouse are replaced by Strong Ultra 80

Image by Thomas Hauerslev 1994.
 

  Image of DP70 681 by Thomas Hauerslev, 1994
 
Westwood Village Festival (P)
  One DP70 (2435). THX. Machine to Tim Burke.

Image by Thomas Hauerslev, 1994

 

 

Westwood Village National
  Two DP70 (2215+2216) THX, SR.D.

April 2007 image by Thomas Larsen

The exact serial numbers of what's in the National now, DP70 wise, now: On the left, as you face the screen, s/n 2215. I don't know what machine number the assigned it, but it was probably "#1". On the right, as you face the screen, is s/n # 2216, and they would have, typically, called it #2. 25.10.2007 Paul Rayton.
 

The National is demolished and machines sent to Michael Hall, owner of Beverly Hills Fine Arts, where he has installed the them.

Image by Thomas Hauerslev 1994.
 

Westwood Village Plaza
  One DP70 (1369). Closed. Machine moved to Village for storage

Image by Thomas Larsen
 
  Possibly Mann Plaza

Image by Thomas Hauerslev 1994.
 
Westwood Village Regent (P)
One DP70 (2260)
Westwood Village United Artists
One DP70 (2015). Closed, machine to Brad Morris January 23, 2002.
Westwood Village Village (P)
  Three DP70 (1339+1341+1369) Cinema opened 1931 as Fox Westwood. Part of Fox Westwood circuit. 1535 seats. THX, SR.D. 1369 in storage - came from Plaza

Image by Alysson F. DeFaria
 
  Image by Thomas Hauerslev, 1994
 
Woodland Hills United Artists Warner Center #2 (P)
  One DP70 (1959). Closed  October 1999. Machine to Tim Burke.
Woodland Hills Panavision, Inc (P)
One DP70 (1675).
North Highlands Steve Kathan (private)
  One DP70 (2293) with base no 6460.

Image by
Steve Kathan
 
Martinez Aaron Sizemore machine shop
  One DP70 with base no 59-161 out of service. No mechanism head number. Sold to Bijou, Inc., Casper, Wyoming April 2004.
Oakland Grand Lake Theatre #1
  Two DP70 (2082+2083)

"The Master" in 70mm threaded up and ready to run 21.09.2012. Image by Stephan Shelley

Second Week of "The Master" in 70mm

01.09.2012: (2082+2083) were bought new for the Century 21 in San Jose. They were bought used from Century 21 and installed in side 1 after the twining in 1981. These are the newer single motor drive with the clutch to change from 24/30 fs. The two now in side 2 (1375+1376) were purchased from a closed theatre in Phoenix in 1985 for the expansion satellite screens (3 & 4) in 1985. One was installed for a time in side 3 but it was found that the floor was not up to holding the weight. A DP75 replaced the DP70 in side 3 and eventually the two DP70 replaced a pair of Century JJ's in side 2. These are the older two motor drive. One of the JJ is at the Orinda theatre in Orinda California and the other at the Presidio theatre in San Francisco.
 
  We have 70 mm capabilities on 3 of the 4 screens. A pair of Norelco AA's (DP70) in sides 1 & in side 2 (plus a Christie AW3 in both) and a single DP75 in side 3. I have the 70 mm kits for all 5 machines. I was able to keep the pair of AA's in side 1 when we added a pair of Christie CP2220's 2k projectors. We do static 2 projector 3D. One machine shows the left eye and the other the right. We use static circular polarizers and the projectors run at the normal 2D flash rate. Side 2 is currently film only but will have to lose one of the AA's to make room for a digital machine. Will keep one of the AA's. Side 3 I was able to keep the DP75 and removed a Century C to make room for a pair of Christie CP2000-ZX's. The digital was added 3 years ago to side 3 and 2 years ago to side 1.

Stephan Shelley
Head Projectionist, Grand Lake Theatre
IATSE Local 169
 
   
Oakland Grand Lake Theatre #2
  Two DP70 (1375+1376)

"The Master" in 70mm at the Grand Lake, Oakland

12.09.2014

Last November we removed one of our AA Norelcos in screen 2 to make room for the digital projector. Screen 1 still has a pair and screen 2 still has one with a platter. The removed one is stored at the theatre.

Thanks
Stephan
 
 
Palm Springs Camelot Theatre
  Two DP70 (1980 (base 6358)+1981(base 6359)). Installed by BLSI autumn 1999. They were full refinished and remanufactured and look new. They came from Scottsdale, AZ
Pasadena Hastings Theatre (P)
  Two DP70 (651+652) and 5 screens. Machines to Tim Burke
Pasadena UA Marketplace #4
  One DP70 (2005). THX. Base 6363. Machine to Tim Burke
Petaluma Aaron Sisemore/Cinema West Theatres
  Four DP70 in storage: (2172 [6433], 2173 [6434], 2356 [6602] & 2361 [6606]) Sold to Bijou, Inc., Casper, Wyoming April 2004.
Sacramento Alhambra Theatre (*»)
  1976 seats Demolished
San Diego Capri Theatre (*»)
  663 seats
San Dimas Teccon Enterprises Ltd
  Two DP70 from Flora, Amsterdam, Holland. Teccon closed. Unknown disposition of DP70
San Francisco Alhambra
  One DP70 (2361). Projector from Regency #1. Closed

Image by Michael Berg
 
San Francisco Alexandria Theatre (*»)
  1170 seats, now three screens as United Artists Alexandria. Closed in February 2004.
San Francisco Coronet Theatre (*»P)
  Two DP70 (616+618) . Opened 1948 in art nouveau style. Screen 49 x 24 ft. Ampex 6-track stereo.

Image by Thomas Hauerslev, 1994

1242 seats. "Oklahoma!" premiered 16.02.1956 and stayed until end of December 1956. Replaced by "Around the World in 80 Days". Now known as United Artists Coronet. Fully restored, there was grand re-opening of the Coronet 18.12.1992 with "Toys" in SR.D on the largest screen in San Francisco.
  The CORONET theatre stayed open a year longer than originally planned. It closed in June 2005. The last movie was "Million Dollar Baby". The projection equipment was removed about a week after the place closed. I'd heard (but can't confirm) that it was sold to someone from Dolby Laboratories. The CORONET still had some components of the original TODD-AO sound system that were "retired in place" in the booth . The original surround speakers were still up in the ceiling. Jim C, San Francisco, 15.10.2005

The Coronet demolished July 2007 image by Jim Cassedy
 
  The CORONET "Booth Phone". It has an 8 position "dial" on the front which is marked with other locations in the theatre such as "Box Office" "Manager" , "Concession" "Lobby""Backstage" etc. To work it, you moved the dial to the location you wanted to talk to and pressed a button on the side which buzzed that extension. Image by Jim C
 
San Francisco Dolby Laboratories, Inc
  One DP70 (1642) to James Bond, Chicago. Now DP75
San Francisco Metro Theatre (P)
  One DP70 (___).

The Metro was a UA theatre for many years and is not operated by operated by REGAL entertainment group. Jim C, San Francisco, 15.10.2005
San Francisco Regency #1
  One DP70 (2356). Second projector 2361 moved to Alhambra. Closed

Image by Thomas Hauerslev 1994. Dolby's Lonnie Jennings is seen to the right
 
San Francisco United Artists Galaxy #1 (P)
  One DP70 (1371). THX

Image by Thomas Hauerslev 1994

 
San Francisco United Artists Galaxy #2 (P)
  One DP70 (1883). THX

Image by Thomas Hauerslev 1994

 
San Jose AMC Town and Country
  DP70. Theater was closed some time before April 1, 2000
San Rafael Stag Theatre, Lucas Film (P)
  Two DP70 (2172+2173) with base numbers 6433+6434. LucasFilm Main screening room. Machines removed permanently 1998, sold to SONY in Culver City (CA). Machines replaced by Simplex XL35mm
 
Southern California Michael Trudell (private)
  One DP70 (748)
Willows ? (P)
  Two DP70 (____+____)
More in 70mm reading:

DP70 - The Todd-AO Projector
DP70 Story
DP70 Cinemas everywhere
DP70 Serial Numbers

DP70s in USA

Todd-AO
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