What happened to the old film projectors from the movie theaters (cinemas)?

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  1. Telecolor 3007

    Telecolor 3007 I love old stuff

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    What happened to the old film projectors from the movie theaters (cinemas) after they where replaced by digital projectors.
     
  2. nj pheonix

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    I'm sure some are still floating around.
    I suspect most were scrapped
     
  3. No Money

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    Some are still being used for actual film projection.
     
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    The one from the local movie theater is still there, on display in the lobby.
     
  5. dr*audio

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    I have friends who are film collectors. Most of the projectors that are in good condition are purchased by film collectors. Some of the old theaters that were closed for years had projectors that were left to decay. Same with abandoned drive in theaters. My friends convert the arc type lamp houses to zenon lamps. Those old arc lamps used welding rods to make the arc. The rods were on a feeder with a worm gear so they could be kept at the same distance as the rods burned, to maintain the arc.
     
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  6. Pio1980

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    Afaik, many of the 35mm were refurb'ed and resold to central/South American movie exhibiters and live on. Suspect the same for the newer machines.
     
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    The arc rod drive into the lamp house (Ashcraft was one lamp manufacturer) was chain drive, liquid Lockease was the recommended chain lube iirc. Rotary convertor motor generator sets provided the AC to DC power for the arc lamps, AC power produced an unacceptable heterodyne flicker.
     
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  8. Markoneswift

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    I once rescued a 3 lamp ceiling projector from a local college. Not quite what you're talking about, but the thing was massive and needed at least two strong guys to lift it. It was one of those old RGB jobs and had banks of DIP switches for flipping the image over when it was mounted the normail way up. I can only begin to wonder how big cinema projectors were....
     
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  10. Telecolor 3007

    Telecolor 3007 I love old stuff

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    In Romania I din't think they sold them to collcetors.
     
  11. Wildcat

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    A buddy of mine owns a theater in Montana. I should ask what he did with his old projector when they converted to digital.
     
  12. c.coyle

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    The art house cinema in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania now displays its old projector in the lobby.
     

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