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DP70s in Virginia (VA)

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Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 04.07.2009
Annandale Annandale
  Two DP70 ( + 2122). 2122 removed early 90s. Reinstalled at First Star IMAX theatre in Newport (KY)
Annandale Cinema 7, Bailey's Cross Roads
  Two DP70 from the Uptown Cinema in Washington (DC). Closed in 1994. Both projectors now reside in the Crown Harbour 9 theatre in Annapolis, MD.

I regret to inform you of the passing of the DP70s that used to reside at the (Bowtie) Annapolis Harbour 9 have passed away (thrown in the dumpster). I have this from a reliable source though I have not verified it. These are the machines that started life in the Uptown Theatre in Washington, DC...moved the K-B Cinema 7 before finishing their service at the Harbour 9. I don’t know which digital projector replaced them but that was the cause of their demise.

They will be missed by some...forgotten by most. Steven Guttag, 24.06.2011
Charlottesville Seminole 4
  Two DP70 (1960+1967).

Before being pulled from service, 1960 was being used for film, and 1967 was being used for parts. The theater chain has donated the machines to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But because shipping the entire machine is cost prohibitive, they are being parted out so that other machines can continue to be in service for many years to come.
  Here are a couple of pictures. One of the projectors before being stripped, one with most key parts removed, and one (sadly) in a dumpster waiting to be recycled. It's important to note that the parts are being taken from machines that were to be junked, and that the removed parts will keep other machines running longer. As always, thank you for maintaining the web site on the greatest projector ever made.  Brad Morris, 06.08.2012
Norfolk Main Gate Cinema
One DP70 (1957) with base number 6341. Originally built by RC Cinemas in the late 1980s. projector taken out of service and pushed to the side. Projector has been cannibalized for parts (motors, lens & lens bracket, mag head cluster are gone, and possibly some other parts). It had been a single projector installation with a platter. The last time that the projector was actually used was for the initial release of "Far and Away" (the theater was the only one in the southeastern part of Virginia that ran a 70mm print)
Richmond Westhampton Theatre (*)
  848 seats
Richmond Willow Lawn Theatre (*»)
  800 seats
Vienna Vienna Theatre
  Click on the image to see an enlargement

I found this old ad from Strong Electric hyping the Futura II. The picture was taken at the demolished Vienna Theater in Vienna, VA around 1965. The projectionist was the late Hugh Rodgers. I ran those DP70s many times back in the day. To my recollection they never ran 70mm there. What eventually happened to them is anyone’s guess.

Rick Raskin, 15.01.2012
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