Imperial Bio Scraps 70mm projector DP70 #1640
70mm operation can continue on sister machine #1644
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Written by: Thomas Hauerslev,
the longest running pair of DP70s world wide. Still a pair December 5, 2011.
Image by Thomas Hauerslev|
in70mm.com newswire Copenhagen: DP70 serial number #1640, installed
for the opening of Imperial Bio in Copenhagen in 1961 has been taken out and
Sister machine DP70 #1644 will continue 70mm and 35mm operation if needed.
Originally installed for the grand opening of the Imperial Bio, 1st November
1961 and the gala premiere of the Super Panavison 70mm classic "Exodus",
it completed more than 50 years of service in the original installation.
Since 1987, when the first Kinoton ST270 platter was installed, #1640 has
been sitting nearly idle, running only the commecials. The machine has been
back-up for #1644 next to it. In 2004, when digital projection was
installed, business was nearly over for #1640.
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DP70, serial number #1640, at the entrance of Imperial Bio December 13,
2011. Waiting for the scrap dealer to come and take it away. Image by Alan
Imperial Bio is now upgrading to 4K projection, and at the same time, the
third generation digital projector since 2004 is being installed, dead
center of the screen, and #1640, sadly, has to go.
50 years, plus a month, is not bad for Mr. Jan Kotte's projector masterpiece.
OSCAR winner in 1963, the Philips Corporation received an Oscar for the
construction and design of the DP70. Incidentally, that was the same evening
"Lawrence of Arabia" won 7 OSCARS, including Best Picture.
The fate of #1640 is not unusual. At this time, 70mm machines like the DP70 are taken out
everywhere and replaced by new digital projectors, which will continue to
project movies to peoples enjoyment everywhere.
has been switched of on #1640 for the last time. Image by Thomas Hauerslev|
#1640 has shown many 70mm film premieres since 1961, including:
"Exodus", Super Panavision 70, 03.11.1961
"El Cid", Super Technirama 70 21.08.1962
"West Side Story", Super Panavision 70, 08.10.1962
"Barabbas", Super Technirama 70, 18.11.1963
"Le Corsaire", Super Technirama 70, 07.04.1964
"Cleopatra", Todd-AO, 24.04.1964
"Operation Crossbow", Panavision, 23.08.1965
"Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, or how I flew from London
to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes", Todd-AO, 17.09.1965
"The Sound of Music", Todd-AO, 20.12.1965
"The Sand Pebbles", Panavision, 27.03.1967
"Camelot", Panavision, 28.03.1968
"MacKenna's Gold", Super Panavision 70, 11.04.1969
"Elvis, That's the Way It Is", Panavision, 14.05.1971
"Brainstorm", Super Panavision 70, 23.04.1984
"2010", Panavision, 29.03.1985
"Out of Africa", 21.02.1986
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