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What is the correct colour of a DP70?

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Clive Woodward, Australia Date: 22.05.2016
DP70s 1466 & 1469 at the Plaza/Paris Cinema, Perth, WA, Australia. They last projected a film in 1983. Picture by Clive Woodward

On behalf of a small team from the Australian Museum of Motion Pictures and Television [AMMPT] I can advise we are mid-way through removing two DP70s from their original cinema in Perth, Western Australia, where they last projected a film in 1983. We have dismantled the machines [yesterday and today] and are now awaiting heavy-lift couriers to move the heaviest parts as the bio-box is about seven floors above street level [no lift!] and the only access nowadays is via the fire escape. It is planned to fully overhaul the machines and return them to occasional service in a cinema that we hope to fit out as part of our Museum activities.
More in 70mm reading:

DP70 / Universal 70-35 / Norelco AAII - The Todd-AO Projector

DP70s in Australia

Internet link:

film-tech.com thread about color


Clive Woodward posing with DP70 1466 & 1469 and ask the question: Do you know of the 'official' original colour for DP70 projectors?

Serial numbers: 1466 & 1469
Location: Plaza/Paris Cinema [name changed during cinema's life]
City: Perth, WA
Country: Australia

These projectors are fitted with Cinemeccanica Super Zenith 450 carbon arc lamp-houses - something I've never come across in a 'hard top' before now. Must have projected a beautiful bright image :-)

We now have our two DP70s [1466 & 1469] in our museum's workshop. We are puzzled by trying to work out the correct colour to repaint them. Ours are a brownish 'hammertone' / 'hammertex' colour. I note from photos on your website many appear to be grey. Even the brown on our units varies from part to part. Do you know of the 'official' original colour for DP70 projectors?

Perhaps you could ask the question on your website - find out what colour other restorers have used?

Write Clive Woodward if you know the correct paint color of a DP70.

Mark Gulbrandsen, USA: Hammerite "bronze" is an almost exact match for the original Phillips Hammertone paint. Have done close to 50 machines with this color....
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