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DP70s in Louisiana (LA)

Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 04.07.2009
New Orleans Houck's Patio Theatre (*)
  "Oklahoma!" opened mid June 1956 and played well into November 1956. The Patio became a bowling Alley. In 1967 Mr. Huack turned the Patio bowling alley into a twin cinema, and named it the Panaroma - only 35mm equipment was 
installed, one auditorium had magnetic sound.
New Orleans Lakeside Theatre #1
  Two DP70. (2237+2236). DP70 taken out 1997 by BLSI and moved to Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood 1998. Theatre demolished 1997 for office supply store.
New Orleans Mc Alister Auditorium, Tulane University
  Two DP70 (2093+2490). These are EL 4001 220 volt 50 Hz single motor machines, which were probably originally installed in England.
New Orleans Orpheum Theatre
  Two DP70. (2027+2029) to Mike Zaiontz (Private) in New Orleans
New Orleans Robert E. Lee Theatre
  The machines from this theatre have been removed 1999 and are now owned by an individual for home use. Originally they came from the Westgate Drive In
New Orleans Panorama Theatre (*╗)
  Demolished. Now an office block. Machines to Saenger, New Orleans. This theatre was an original Todd-AO Theater (#30 in the USA). "Around the World In 80 Days" played 9 months. During the later part of the "South Pacific" run, the curve was removed from the screen. The DP 70s were sold to American Broadcasting-Paramount Theaters, Gulf States Theaters, Inc. 
New Orleans Saenger
  Machines from Panorama, New Orleans. Machines were installed in the upstairs. The Saenger was a 3300 seat theater, built in the style of the Fox in St. Louis. The Saenger had a Robert Morton Organ with stereo chambers (on either side of the auditorium).
New Orleans Westgate Drive In
  Machines to Saenger, New Orleans.
New Orleans Private owner
  Two DP70. (2027+2029) that came from Mike Zaiontz.

Picture of DP70 #2027 from October 2012 by Private owner

New Orleans Mike Zaiontz (Private)
  Two DP70. (2027+2029) that came from the Orpheum theater here in New Orleans, LA, USA.

They are now installed in my private home theater and are fully operational. They are outfitted with xenon lamps and play through a Dolby CP100 with full sets of magnetic pre-amps. Both of my machines are EL-4001, 120V 60Hz models that use 1 motor with a belt arrangement to switch from 24 to 30 fps. The serial numbers are 2029 and 2027. And yes, I did have the pleasure of running "Oklahoma!" in 30 fps 70MM in my home!  Mike Zaiontz, 15.07.2005

Sold to private owner in New Orleans
  My screen is 6 x 12 feet.

I have a full set of lenses for both machines, 35MM flat and scope, and 70MM flat. Someone recently gave me a Cinerama lens for 70MM projection, but I have not had a chance to try it out yet.

Mike Zaiontz, 15.07.2005
Shreveport Saenger Theatre (*╗)
  631 seats
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Updated 07-01-21