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Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 14.06.2009

Los Angeles

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. 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.
Beverly Hills Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Linwood Dunn Theatre (P)
  Seven DP70 (904+2378+2379+____+____+____+____).
Storage area with 7 projectors in various states of completion. These machines are in storage, and NOT in use. The machines in use at the Dunn are from Warner Hollywood
Beverly Hills Michael Hall of Beverly Hills Fine Arts (private)
  Two DP70 (2215+2216) From Westwood National.
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
Burbank Warners Hollywood Studio (P)
  Two DP70 (2242+2331)
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.
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.
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. 
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)
11 DP70 (941, 943, 1342, 1343, 1680, 1669, 1336, 1372, 1374, ____, ____).
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
  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]). 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.
Los Angeles Laemmles Royal (P)
  One DP70 (663). "Hamlet" opened here in 70mm 1996.

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 Pedro Warner (P)
  Two DP70 (1686+1701) From the Four Star Beverly Hills. Installed 1999.
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.

Image of DP70 681 by Thomas Hauerslev, 1994
 
Westwood Village Festival (P)
  One DP70 (2435). THX.
Westwood Village National
  Two DP70 (2215+2216) THX, SR.D. 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. Demolished. Machines to Michael Hall, owner of Beverly Hills Fine Arts, where he has installed the machines.
Westwood Village Plaza
  One DP70 (1369). Closed. Machine moved to Village for storage
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
 
Woodland Hills United Artists Warner Center #2 (P)
  One DP70 (1959). Closed  October 1999.
Woodland Hills Panavision, Inc (P)
One DP70 (1675).
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