Frieseke & Hoepfner FH99
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|Written by: Hans-L
Wißkirchen, Köln, Germany||Date:
beauty of European 35 mm projector design. It is now serving as "public
stopper" in front of the former first cinema in Essen, Germany. |
35mm theatre machines have been built by Frieseke & Hoepfner in Erlangen,
near Nürnberg, Germany up to 1963. Chief engineer / constructor was Dr. Ing. A.
Jotzoff. He designed two 35mm-only-versions: FH66 and FH77. Approx. 5000 pcs.
went into production.
The much more sophisticated FH99 was made in several versions. FH99 carbon
arc, 500mm carbon electrodes giving approx. 60 min. continuous running time
and the FH99X, xenon with vertical xenon lamp in a very special lamp house
design and the famous but very rare FH99U, capable to show 35mm and 70mm
Less than 50 have been manufactured. This machine has a lot of
advantages, its design is strict modular. Could be assembled as left or
right machine, because every part from the film path could be turned left
/right and/or upside down during assembling.
A special electric motor
running at low rpm with 0.75 hp drove directly the wind up device in the
lower drum and was connected to the main gear box by a long timing belt.
FH99U was designed for use in drive in theatres and Mr. Jotzoff and his team
were the first in Germany to show open air cinema on a real gigantic screen
close to the F&H factory as a marketing event.
I do not know any projector with less running noise, but I'm quite sure no
70mm version has survived. Some FH99 in standard 35 are told to be on duty
in Switzerland up to now.
The picture I've send already shows the FH 99 (35mm) in scrap yard state.
Some people, even professional movie buffs, do not know what they are
dealing with, the German Museum, Munich f.i., does not have any FH machine
in its collection.
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