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DP70 Update from Australia, 2013

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Phillip Grace, Australia Date: 11.08.2015
DP70 projector #2348 at the Arts Theatre, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Queensland, Australia, on 24.09.2013. Image by Philip Grace

I just saw your new article on The Rivoli Murals, New York. Wonderful artworks!

I need some help regarding a DP70 projector. Do you have an English language version of the Installation and Operation manual for the EL 4000/4001 machines? I have downloaded the AAII manual from Film-Tech, but although it is helpful, it is incomplete. I hope to find a good copy. These particular machines have serial numbers in the 2000 series, so I assume they would be the improved version of the projector. I would be grateful if you can direct me towards a good copy or pdf of the manuals.

Also. Some sad news to report. DP70 projectors #1779 and #2306 are reported to have been destroyed in storage during the Brisbane floods of 2011.

Corrections to your page DP70s in Australia. The 70mm projectors at Horsham, Victoria are not DP70. They are Cinemeccanica Victoria X. They were originally installed new in the Chelsea Theatre, Melbourne, then moved a little way down the street to the Forum Twin Cinemas (Cinema One) also in Melbourne, and screened a lot of 70mm on both sites. When the Forum Twin closed in 1982 or 1983 the Victoria X machines were sold to Horsham.

Charlton, Victoria, is a small town quite a long distance North-West of Melbourne. The Rex Theatre actually has two DP-70 projectors, #893 and #895 as noted elsewhere on the page. They have recently been re-installed in the projection room, after it was enlarged for upgrade to DCP projection. I was fortunate enough to operate them some years ago.
More in 70mm reading:

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Interview with John H. Mitchell, Australia

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DP70 projectors as first installed at Charlton. Photo by Jenny Pollard

I have attached a photo of the DP70 projectors as first installed at Charlton. The photo is from the theatre website, and copied without their permission. If you check with them, I am sure they would be pleased to see it published on your site.

I have some photos of my own, taken when they were newly installed, but it might take quite some time to get hold of the negatives.

The site includes a number of documents relating to its history and technical specifications. One of them states that the DP70 were originally installed in Hoyts Esquire theatre, Melbourne, which contradicts my understanding.
DP70 projector #2348 at the Arts Theatre, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Queensland, Australia, on 24.09.2013. Image by Philip Grace

I enclose two photos of DP70 projector #2348 at the Arts Theatre, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Queensland, Australia, on 24-09-2013. Believed installed there in 1989. The Arts Theatre was fully equipped for 70mm projection. Also reporting two DP70 #2348 – left and #2381 - right from Arts Theatre, Gold Coast Arts Centre relocated to Private on 25-09-2013 - currently stored at Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia. The Arts Theatre is to be converted to digital projection.

Another confirmed DP70 installation in Canberra, Australia. Two DP70 (serial numbers not known) installed c. 1965 at the Canberra Theatre – live theatre opened in 1965. These projectors later removed, and relocated to Civic Twin Cinemas, Canberra, Australia.

Australian locations of DP70 (895+893), confirmed in conversation with Eric White. 1/ installed at Plaza Theatre, Adelaide, South Australia. 2/ installed at Cleopatra Theatre, later called Paris Theatre, Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3/ installed Hoyts Drive-In, Altona, Victoria. 4/ Installed Hoyts Drive-In Maribyrnong, Victoria. 5/ Installed Rex Theatre, Charlton, Victoria. Removed during enlargement of projection room, then re-installed. In service at 05-10-2013.

Thank you for taking the trouble to weigh the DP 70 projector parts. The information was very useful, and yes, they certainly are heavy!
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