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Posted by Kevin Faulkner (Member # 6) on June 30, 2006, 05:47 AM:
As Mike said in another thread, all the pictures of peoples screening rooms are all within various other threads.

Lets get them all in one place.

Please post all you pictures of screening rooms into this thread to make it easier for people to find them.

Who is going to start us off?

Thanks, Kev.
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on June 30, 2006, 09:08 AM:
Room with screen and masking retracted (non-movie mode)

General View with Lights dimmed, screen powered down, and masking panels pulled in (movie mode)

Pathe Baby on display stand

Revere Model 80, Bolex 18-5 and Pathescope Ace in display case with some films and film books

[ June 30, 2006, 01:39 PM: Message edited by: Paul Adsett ]
Posted by Kevin Faulkner (Member # 6) on June 30, 2006, 09:42 AM:
Thanks Paul for getting the thread started. Like the 9.5.

Take it that's not just a picture pasted to the wall [Big Grin]

Posted by Jan Bister (Member # 332) on June 30, 2006, 06:59 PM:
Hope a link to my personal webpage is acceptable:

Already out-of-date... needs an update... gimme time [Wink]
Posted by Mike Peckham (Member # 16) on July 02, 2006, 03:42 AM:

Many thanks for setting up this thread, and thanks Paul and Jan for being the first to post your screening room pictures here, Paul I like the additional shot of the "movie display cabinet" that's a nice touch.

It'd be great to see more screening rooms on this thread now as it is really putting me in the mood to get mine underway!

Mike [Cool]
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 02, 2006, 11:39 PM:
I believe Chip also had some
nice shots from his home

Posted by Joe Taffis (Member # 4) on July 03, 2006, 08:32 PM:
hey Jan, great stuff! American style! Looks just like my place! [Smile]
Posted by Jan Bister (Member # 332) on July 04, 2006, 08:39 AM:
Really? [Cool] Well, how about some pick-sures, then? [Big Grin]
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on July 07, 2006, 06:08 PM:
Hi Kev
Great idea not sure how to move photos from place to another without mucking things up. Kev you are more than welcome to alter, edit anything I have submitted and add it to this topic oh how did you get on with Cinema Paradiso!.
Regards Graham.
Posted by Jan Bister (Member # 332) on July 07, 2006, 07:21 PM:

I believe moving pictures from an existing thread is very easy indeed. Find the original picture and rightclick on it, then select "Copy Image Location" from the context menu (this applies to Windows XP, by the way). Then, just paste the link you copied into your new post, making sure to enclose it within 'IMG' tags. Voila, you just re-posted an existing picture! (As the image link is the same, there is no second copy of the picture so no server space is wasted.) [Smile]
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on July 07, 2006, 07:42 PM:
I like to put movie related art around my screening room, it really adds to the atmosphere and gets the audience in the mood to watch a great classic movie. Here are a few of the art pictures that I have placed on my room walls:

I found this great movie collage in an art shop a couple of weeks ago:


This one is called appropriately 'Play it Again' and shows Bogey and a host of stars in Ricks Cafe. I have this located on the wall where the screen rolls down- it is the perfect picture for that location.


and this great old Pathescope ad is a great complement to my projector display case:

Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on July 09, 2006, 03:36 AM:
Hi Jan
Thanks for your help. I gave it a go but havent been successful so far I will give it another try later this week. much appreciated.
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on July 11, 2006, 09:39 PM:


Entrance with Jar Jar scaring the hell out of everyone [Smile]

GS1200 and B/H 16mm

Ernemann 2 projector "The Big Beasty"

The Projection Box "The engine room"

Graham [Smile]
Posted by Jan Bister (Member # 332) on July 11, 2006, 10:06 PM:
Just awesome... absolutely awesome... I can't get over how much this engine room looks like a playground for cine enthusiasts [Smile] Drool...
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 12, 2006, 11:34 PM:

Cool posters! [Smile]
The montage and
Play It Again are


Impressive set-up,
and great atmosphere too. [Smile]
Although I like Jar-Jar,
I could see myself forgetting
that he is standing nearby,
and I might mistake him for
an intruder standing in
the dark. [Big Grin]

By the way, how is the lens
mounted on the GS, and what
type of lens is it?

Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on July 13, 2006, 05:20 PM:
Thanks Jan and Michael here is another photo I took last night this time with the 16mm I made another bracket for the B/H ran Star Wars with the screen adjusted to 12ft looked great Michael I have a photo and description of the 35mm lens in the Yak section under the topic Home Cinema thanks again.
Graham. [Smile]

Posted by Trevor Adams (Member # 42) on July 14, 2006, 06:00 AM:
I reckon I have the tiniest theatre,a two-seater! I like to be surrounded by shelves of film and old toy projectors.






Ever yearned for a pocketsized projector?Well
here are a couple from 1926,the Micro-Cine and the PPC. They were both
made by Kern of Switzerland.The British Presenta Pocket Cine is
beautiful walnut coloured bakelite. All working parts are brass.Both are
9.5mm and they accomodate a Pathe 30ft cassette. Handcranked,with 6volt
bulbs they show a very acceptable 18 inch wide picture! .Closed,their
dimensions are similar to a pack of cards. The D size battery is for
size comparison only

[ July 15, 2006, 06:28 PM: Message edited by: Kevin Faulkner ]
Posted by Andrew Wilson (Member # 538) on July 15, 2006, 08:26 AM:
great stuff gentlemen.and a hellva lot better than mine.
keep up the great work.SUPER8 lives up to its name
looking at those magnifcent pictuers.brillant.andy.
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on July 15, 2006, 09:36 AM:
Hi Trev,
Your projector collection is awesome! What is that double-eyed contraption in the bottom left corner of the bottom picture?

All the best,
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 15, 2006, 09:59 AM:
Cool stuff.
By any chance, would
you happen to have
the home version of
the vitaphone sound
on disc projector?
It is the same as the
projectors used in theatres of
the early sound era, but only
for home use.

Posted by Jan Bister (Member # 332) on July 15, 2006, 10:07 AM:

WOW!!! [Eek!] [Eek!] That is unbelievable - it's not a screening room, it's a LIVING MUSEUM! I hope you're teaching your family members and/or friends to take good care of this stuff in case the time ever comes where you can't. [Smile] It is simply stunning, I could spend hours locked inside that room just gazing at every single thing.

And the projection screen, framed by all these memorabilia, I love it. [Smile] Only thing I can't help wondering is, do you project any scope films and if you do, how large does the image get? I don't see it being much taller than one foot in height [Wink]
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on July 15, 2006, 01:05 PM:
If you look closely you will see that Trev has among his incredible collection the extremely rare Pathescope Monaco projector which uses horizontally projected 4.75mm film - that's right 4.75mm!!(you can see the box in the bottom picture)
I think we should organize a Forum group tour to visit Trev's house in NZ. [Big Grin]
Posted by Jan Bister (Member # 332) on July 15, 2006, 01:51 PM:
By "visit," do you mean "raid?" [Wink]
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 15, 2006, 03:12 PM:
That's a neat thought,
however I would like
to know about the projector
with the Mickey Mouse label?
It seems that it has a vitaphone
Stylus connected to the megaphone
and the projector lens is underneath
and off to the side.

Posted by Trevor Adams (Member # 42) on July 15, 2006, 04:32 PM:
Good morning chaps!It is sunny but cool here in Auckland!
Paul,the projector you refer to is an Uncle Sam Durotone toy from the 1930s.The two-phase animation film strip(actually rather translucent paper)moves horizontally as you crank the machine.The upper and lower images project alternately and overlap-so a primitive form of animation is achieved.Also,a shutter obscures the image from the upper then lower lens alternatively, to smooth the picture change. It works ok!The coupled record player must be the lowest fidelity gadget ever devised!!The "talkie" films were sold with a record. You would have been a lucky kid to get one of these I reckon.
I don't have a Vitaphone Michael,sorry.The Mickey Mouse Talkie-Jecktor came out in 1935. It is a rather grand affair.It is clockwork and works in a similar fashion to the Uncle Sam...however,sound is quite a bit better and lap dissolve shutters yeild quite a good movie picture.Not having to crank is a real bonus. THe MM is a rather substantial item.Amazingly it sold for $1.98 in 1935!
Jan,sorry to say no one is interested in my "addiction".I can see it all going out on the side of the road some day!!Suppose I could offer it to a museum??But NOT YET! [Smile]
P.S.For a good look at toy projectors from everywhere put "Mettavantproject"into Google. Also,for cine everything(!) type in, "cinematographica" for a site you will revisit many times!
Posted by Andrew Wilson (Member # 538) on July 18, 2006, 03:45 PM:
All of those pictures are excellent.I'm green with envy.andy.
Posted by Tom Photiou (Member # 130) on July 19, 2006, 01:12 PM:
What superb images and Trevor, what a massive collection of cine goodies [Eek!] I'll try and get some done of mine but compared to whats on here i'd be a little embarrased [Embarrassed]
A Very good thread well done everyone,
Posted by Chip Gelmini (Member # 44) on July 19, 2006, 02:36 PM:
Hi guys.

I've never been really able to figure out uploading pics to this site. Whenever I try, Brad still seems to be staring at me. So rather than get killed, here's a link.............

This link is mainly the Towers installed into my tiny booth. Currently, this is the setup.

This next link, is older pics of the booth, but with some shots of the basement cinema as well. The basement really has not changed much.

Seems like it's time for me to do another photo shoot of the basement cinema, in due time I will try again.

Posted by Dan Lail (Member # 18) on July 19, 2006, 02:41 PM:
Tom, don't be embarrased. I think everyone is just curious as to what each other uses as a screening area. The elaborate ones are great, but I also like to see what people have in their apartments, basements, garages, etc. Seeing the collectables is a interesting too. With all that weaponry no will attempt to hiest any of Trevs films. [Big Grin] Then there is my cat Sweetums standing sentry over my screening room. [Eek!]


[ July 21, 2006, 01:47 AM: Message edited by: Dan Lail ]
Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on July 20, 2006, 05:46 AM:
I like this thread so we can learn from other and also give a comment.

But another idea to the two Moderators (Kevin and Douglas):

Would be possible under this thread ("screening room") you two guys create different sub-thread (folder) under the owner of the screening romm, e.g. Kevin's room, Winbert's room etc.

By having this way, so every body can give a comment to a particular room in one (sub) thread instead of what we have now.

In other way too, someone who just register in this forum can still submit his comment to the respective rooms, not only to the last picture, like the trend we see now.

Can we?
Posted by Kevin Faulkner (Member # 6) on July 22, 2006, 04:11 PM:
Unfortunately I dont this particular software will allow this [Frown] Its a good idea however. I will have a word with Brad.

Posted by Jan Bister (Member # 332) on July 22, 2006, 06:42 PM:
Maybe we could create a new forum area ("Member Cinemas" or such) exclusively for posts containing pictures. While at it, could you nudge Brad into changing the 550-pixel width limitation to 640 pixels [Big Grin]
Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on July 23, 2006, 08:12 AM:
I think that is easy.

You two guys as the moderator have a right to move the post, don't you?

And you two guys too have a right to delete a post.

What yu need to do now, I think, move this sticky post to forum menu, and name it as Jan's idea. Then make new post according to the respective owner and delete all posts that does not relate to the screening room (like my two posts here).

Having this way, the other members who stick posting in 16mm only will also be encouraged to contribute. The screening room does not matter 8mm or 16mm, does it?

Kev, Doug?
Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on August 22, 2006, 12:53 AM:
Kev and Doug,

Did you see what did I mean? This thread become so silent...since other members (esp. the new one) tend not to comment on the first HTs appear, since people will only focus on the last post.

This will be diferent if each HT stands on different thread.

Just food for a thought,
Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on August 25, 2006, 11:15 PM:
Nice idea, Winbert. We'll see what we can do. I'm also thinking we should keep our sticky posts to a minimum. The eyes kind of glaze over the top.

Posted by Brad Miller (Member # 2) on August 26, 2006, 12:39 AM:
Cool pics guys.

Douglas, the 550 pixel limit is due to formatting of the forum and how the software handles people with lower resolution monitors. We are currently considering a foolproof method of forcing the server to resize pictures, but also be able to display the pictures full sized if clicked on. Not sure how feasible this is, but we'll see how it goes.
Posted by Joerg Polzfusz (Member # 602) on August 28, 2006, 03:53 AM:

a friend has constructed a cinema in his parents' basement: (click onto "Technik & Ausstattung" on the left).

Posted by Mike Peckham (Member # 16) on August 29, 2006, 04:56 AM:
Joerg, that really is some set up [Eek!] . It looks like a whole cinema in miniature! I can't read German, but I think the pictures say it all [Wink] .

Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on August 29, 2006, 02:57 PM:
I have only one word to say Joerg - awesome ! [Smile]

Dan - 'Sweetums' looks like she's getting ready to roar like the MGM lion! [Big Grin]
Posted by Andrew Wilson (Member # 538) on August 29, 2006, 03:24 PM:
That's a brillant set up there jorg.The pictures say more than the
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on September 01, 2006, 09:14 PM:
Here are some old photo's when we first started a long long time ago.


Those photos of the foundation about 12yrs ago



The Projection box was 40inches long, not much room . The last photo is of my son taken about 9yrs ago he still has his projector and films and still gets them out from time to time.



The projection box had one GS1200 and a B/H 642 16mm projector the seats which are long gone are old aircraft seats which still had the "life jacket is under your seat" label on the back also they had fold down trays which came in handy, although those photos are old it was at the time a lot of fun building it.

[ May 10, 2008, 03:49 PM: Message edited by: Graham Ritchie ]
Posted by Trevor Adams (Member # 42) on September 26, 2006, 05:54 PM:
Is it true you are breeding GS1200s Graham? [Wink]
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on September 28, 2006, 03:41 AM:
Hi Trevor
Yes, breeding plan going well with a healthy diet of Super8.

Graham [Wink]
Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on September 28, 2006, 05:11 AM:

When you put the Projector on that way (the most above GS), does not that make keystoning? How do you avoid that?

Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on September 28, 2006, 03:20 PM:
Hi Wilbert
The keystoning is only very slight, and the side masking takes care of it, good point though, and I wonder how they deal with it at some of the conventions held in Britain. Some photos show the projectors angled steeply.

Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on December 28, 2006, 09:52 AM:
Its nice to see some 9.5mm in your images Trevor. I am keen on the vintage gauge myself along with the Pathe 17.5mm within my own collection, not to metion 28mm KOK. Hope to chat more to you in the new year about this.
All good wishes
Lee & Val.
Posted by Juergen Lossau (Member # 359) on January 01, 2007, 08:50 AM:
smallformat magazine would like to print an article about private cinemas. Please be so kind to allow me to show your cinemas too. Just send me some pics, some technical details, maybe a short story about the construction of your cinemas. - thanks in advance.
Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on June 18, 2007, 10:02 PM:
I don't really have a screening room, i use my projectors as portables (well some are heavy--up to 20lb!) (sometimes i use my basement, mostly for my non-zoom lens Mansfield 8mm Projector, but my chinon sound projector works practically everywhere because of the 15-30mm zoom lens. I bet you can guess my favorite [Wink]


Here's my Chinon sound on sound projector, and

Here's my Mansfield projector (this is my whole collection, sadly, but im a young collector)
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on June 18, 2007, 11:16 PM:
Welcome to the forum, your photos look fine, my guess your favourite is the Mansfield [Wink]

Regards Graham. [Smile]
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on June 18, 2007, 11:21 PM:

Thanks for posting
and sending the picts too.
Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on June 19, 2007, 12:14 AM:
Well, I was going to say the Chinon, but I don't play favorites! Not even with projectors! [Wink] [Smile] [Cool]

For more detailed info on my projection collection,
My Films / "Projection Collection"

My Films / "Projection Collection" VOLUME II
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on June 19, 2007, 03:09 AM:
Just had a look at your website, its very good, you will find everyone on this forum very helpful, with a wealth of knowledge on various gauges of films and projectors.

Posted by Rob Young. (Member # 131) on July 02, 2007, 08:57 AM:
Here are a few pictures of our home cinema - we have called it "The Excelsior"!

It was built in 1987 but re-vamped in 2000. It is primarily for super 8 but does have to give in to digital projection occasionally (sorry!)

This is the screen with the house lights on.


With the screen lights on set up for 'scope.


The stage! Actually this hides some furniture underneath; your clothes still have to go somewhere!!!


Here are the seats and projector stand.


The Beaulieu ready to go.


And the "cosy" seats at the back!


[ August 04, 2009, 04:34 AM: Message edited by: Rob Young. ]
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on July 09, 2007, 03:11 AM:
Your home cinema looks fantastic, I like your choice of colours, is that a normal dark blue paint you have used on the walls, the colour contrast with the red curtains is stunning.

Regards Graham. [Smile]
Posted by Rob Young. (Member # 131) on July 11, 2007, 05:38 AM:
Hi Graham, yes it is quite a vibrant blue isn't it! It is just normal emulsion paint though, although you've made me think just who would actually paint their room that colour unless it was going to be a cinema [Smile]

Here are some pictures of our other screening room; this one is in a house we rent so it is a less permanent set-up as it may have to be transported elsewhere at some point in the future!

Here is the screen (sadly as it isn't our house we have to live with the colour of the walls although pink wouldn't have been my first choice!!!).


The seats (these have to double as a spare bed for visitors!).


The trusty Elmo ready for a scope show.


Film cabinet; the collection is kept hidden away in a dark cupboard elsewhere but these are the films I like to keep handy!


Lastly there is some room for an editing table for cleaning prints or doing a bit of re-recording.

Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 11, 2007, 09:26 AM:

Two beautiful set-ups,
and a wonderful way
to enjoy screenings at
home and while away.

Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on July 16, 2007, 10:31 PM:
I don't have a fancy screening room, but, its still a screening room! I just declared my small bedroom as my screening room. I use my Chinon 6100 Super 8 Projector or my Mansfield Customatic projector to project on a screen i made out of a piece of white cardboard (LOL, i really need to save and buy a screen!) I use my Milovac 1970s stereo as the sound system, and 2 not-too-old rather large Realistic speakers hanging on my wall. I'll take some pictures soon. (sorry my screening room sounds so ridiculous, but its all i can afford (I'm still young and without a job, and plus: im saving for a popeye DVD!))
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 17, 2007, 12:29 AM:

No problem. The set-up that you have
still works as a screening area.
Many hobbyists do not have tremendous
rooms or the availability to afford
a designated space for film programs.

I purchased a very nice video
that was titled Armchair Odeons
from Film-Tek. It capsulized many
wonderful and creative methods that
hobbyists will go through to create
a working screening environment.

If my memory serves me well,
I chuckled with one particular set-up
in the video.
In situated a projector in the bathroom,
with a cut out in the door
that would be closed when the room
was not being used for
a film screening.

It may be extreme for many to go
through such lengths to create
a viable screening space,
but it worked very well for the
hobbyist with his collection.

So enjoy what you have, and
you will find that the magic will still draw you
into the moment - as those tiny windows in time
are reflected on you eyes and into your heart.
Posted by Rob Young. (Member # 131) on July 17, 2007, 04:40 AM:
Hi Joshua, yes, I agree with Michael, nothing else matters if you enjoy what you have!

When I was younger I had a set-up that sounds quite similar to yours. I remember when I first hired a scope lens (could no way afford to buy one back then) and a 400ft copy of Star Wars; I had to spend ages sticking together sheets of white A4 paper to make a big screen and totally moving the bedroom around to get a longer throw!

I remember the excitment of seeing such a big image at home for that first time; just like a real cinema. I think I probably got as much enjoyment out of that set-up as anything else since [Wink]
Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on July 17, 2007, 11:04 PM:
And now... some pictures!
This is the radio i place my projectors on (I now have them packed away in a box because I'm preparing to show my films to someone who lives far away.). This radio is also the amplifier for my Chinon Sound Projector.

This is my old book collection, located right above my projectors.

This is my Mansfield 8mm Projector, inside its box, on top of my bed (with films on top too).

This is my Chinon Sound Projector in its box on my bed (as you can see, it is right next to my mansfield).

This is my wall, with a classic GTE rotary phone, a Three Stooges picture, a picture of Popeye The Sailor, a picture of my Chinon projector (i didn't take that picture), an (old?) wood block with a painting, and a magnetic dart board.
Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on July 18, 2007, 01:30 AM:

I did not see any pictures, you CANNOT do "copy" and "pste" things to attach pictures.

When you are writting the text, under the box, there is written "Click here to upload an image", you have to click that and upload pictures.

Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on July 18, 2007, 12:30 PM:
I think your internet browser might be loading the pics incorrectly because they show up fine on my computer (strange... [Confused] ) I did upload and copy+paste the url code. Can anyone else besides me see the pictures?
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 18, 2007, 03:22 PM:
I can see them also.
Posted by Trevor Adams (Member # 42) on July 18, 2007, 03:51 PM:
Yep,they show up fine Joshua.Win must have left the lens cap on his computer............ [Smile]
Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on July 19, 2007, 02:42 AM:
Sorry Friends,

Being work with slow dial-up connection and a bi unpatient, I did not wait unril the browser fully loaded the pictures. Yes I have seen those Joshua's pictures.

Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on July 19, 2007, 02:25 PM:
So... what do you think???
Posted by James N. Savage 3 (Member # 83) on August 03, 2007, 02:49 PM:

Was that an 8-TRACK player on your amp??

Cool [Cool] .

My last 8-track player finally died on me a couple of years ago. I miss it [Frown] .

Does the older amp unit provide good sound for your Chinon? I was always happy with the standard stereo separation of the older units from the 70's.

Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on August 03, 2007, 02:59 PM:

Was that an 8-TRACK player on your amp??

Cool .

My last 8-track player finally died on me a couple of years ago. I miss it .

Does the older amp unit provide good sound for your Chinon? I was always happy with the standard stereo separation of the older units from the 70's.


Yes it is an 8 track player. It works great too, with excellent sound. I even recorded some songs to computer! I also have 2 reel to reel tape players that also work great. The "Milovac" 1970s radio does prove to be a great amp for my chinon (the lamp for my ONLY super 8 projector (chinon) just burnt out, unfortunatly [Frown] [Frown] [Frown] )
Posted by James N. Savage 3 (Member # 83) on August 03, 2007, 08:09 PM:
Sorry about the lamp.

The good news is that lamps are fairly easy to come by. Steve Osborne of the REEL IMAGE publication in Ohio carries the popular lamps, and most likely will have the one you need for the Chinon. Also, Dave Thomas Films carries them, and he has an E-bay store.

Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on August 04, 2007, 02:28 AM:
Actually, I ordered my "DNE" projection lamp off eBay the day my old one blew up (well not really), and it arrived today in the mail! It works great. It's a GE Quartzline Lamp, and it only cost around $15 with insurance and shipping
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on November 23, 2007, 06:49 PM:
I have finally completed the addition of CinemaScope powered masking. The scope screen is now 108 ins wide. There are 3 powered masking panels, left, right, and top, which are controlled from an RF remote. The bottom masking panel is fixed.


Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on November 23, 2007, 07:17 PM:

What a great job! One question......I see two really comfortable looking chairs for you and Betty. Where exactly am I supposed to sit when visiting?

Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on November 23, 2007, 11:13 PM:

Paul has you in the back to maintain
the projectors focus and to prevent
any film from spilling off the reels
and to the floor.

Someone has big shoes to fill and
a job in sunny Florida.

[Big Grin]
Posted by Dan Lail (Member # 18) on November 23, 2007, 11:54 PM:
Doug! Old Florida customs says "toss a coin for a lap". [Eek!]
Posted by Bill Brandenstein (Member # 892) on January 10, 2008, 10:14 PM:
Welcome to Bill's Beg, Borrow, & Ebay Theater, an aptly named facility that is only functional once in awhile when various closets and corners cough up some of their contents... See, we have no place for a dedicated equipment area (I'm accepting donations for an addition to our house!), so we use our patio room, gleefully shutting the TV cabinet doors and hanging a 70" screen, with projectors outside. Sound ties into our hifi.

Of course, the disadvantage of this setup is that long sunny days (frequent), extremely windy days (sometimes), rain (infrequent), and long setup times all intrude on the possibility of having a Film Night since the "booth" is outdoors. And the greatest disadvantage of all is that the equipment has to be set up, aligned, and connected every single time. So I only do this full getup once or twice per year. But one of the loveliest advantages is that projecting through the glass gives us perfect sound isolation so that the audio volume doesn't have to compete with projector noise.

So here's the setup for our Christmas show. It was dropping below 50 degrees F when we started, but was very dry in humidity and there were no problems with this.
That's an Eiki NT-0 16mm in back; an Elmo GS1200 that I wish I could say is mine, but is a loaner; and for just two shorts, a Canon PS-1000 in the front, which was my only other Super 8 option that evening.

The show's well underway with Tom & Jerry's "Night Before Christmas:"

View to the screen:
Big screen TVs, eat your heart out!

The center channel speaker is positioned for the occasion directly below the screen.

And finally, some of the audience enjoying the show:

That worked the film bug out of me... for at least a week or two!

[ November 25, 2011, 01:59 PM: Message edited by: Bill Brandenstein ]
Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on January 16, 2008, 04:33 PM:

What a setup! I've projected from inside a house to the outside patio, but never the reverse!

Posted by Bill Brandenstein (Member # 892) on January 17, 2008, 12:09 PM:
What can I say, Doug, you know what it's like to strive for well-tuned show, and for us this setup is the only way to do so. Hey, I did reverse it once on a comfortable evening, with the screen hung on the shed, kids watching on the patio! But couches & beanbags are more comfy.

Now if Paul just had several rooms to rent in his house, and the bi-coastal commute were easier... now there's a setup to drool over. Not to mention Graham's, and others like Rob's "Excelsior." Amazing work, gentlemen.

What about Dan's? (Hi Dan -- bought some old school films from you a few years ago on Ebay.)
Posted by Osi Osgood (Member # 424) on January 17, 2008, 12:33 PM:
Nice Set-up Bill. I need to revamp my set up before posting it on the website. Still gotta figure out how to put the silly photo's on the forum.

Still have those reels waiting for ya Bill.
Posted by James N. Savage 3 (Member # 83) on January 17, 2008, 05:18 PM:
Thats a neat set up Bill. I've also done it in reverse like Douglas on a nice summer's evening. But you're right, there's nothing like a cozy bean bag chair to watch a movie from.

I see you also have the Cano-sound! We are a rare breed. Its a great little back-up projector, though. One neat thing is how it re-loops itself when it encouters a bad splice, where as on most projectors I would have to push the thread button a couple of times, or stop the projector and re-thread.

But that one projector way up on those milk crates. Yikes! [Eek!] I'd be scared to death to do that. You are a brave man Bill. [Smile]

Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on January 17, 2008, 09:57 PM:
I had a nightmare once that one of my projectors fell off a high surface! LOL [Smile]
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on January 18, 2008, 01:07 AM:
That's excellent, it's nice to see film projectors in action and everyone taking it easy, those bean bags are great, thats what this hobby is all about great stuff Bill.

Graham. [Smile]
Posted by Bill Brandenstein (Member # 892) on January 23, 2008, 03:23 PM:
Thanks for the very kind responses, gentlemen.

Yes, the CanoSound will play badly torn film. It's also fun in the fact that film is steadily projectable from the very first frame, and rewinding/fast forwarding is possible while loaded. But it's quickly developing problems that I don't know how to get fixed, particularly frame registration.

RE: projector high on the boxes, yes, this could turn into a nightmare. However, the table and crates are exceptionally steady, I don't let kids out there, and all surfaces are covered in no-slip mats -- under crates & bricks as well as whatever the projector sits on. The latter fact isn't obvious in the photos but is really, really helpful. Accidents can happen, but so far, so good.
Posted by Jim Schrader (Member # 9) on January 27, 2008, 08:11 AM:
Now that is cool can you tell me about the CanoSound unit who makes it?
Posted by Bill Brandenstein (Member # 892) on January 27, 2008, 09:44 PM:
...from the same people who brought us the legendary Canon 1014XL.

It's a great little unit but is certainly not trouble-free. Which is scary since I bought mine as NOS, so there's likely less than 100 hours on it. Still a mystery who in the world has a service manual or would service it.
Posted by James N. Savage 3 (Member # 83) on January 29, 2008, 02:36 PM:
The Canosound projector was (I believe), the last super 8 movie projector released by Canon. It came out around '78 or '80.

It is very basic as far as options- 400 foot capacity; 100 watt bulb; single track sound; f1:3 lens.

It is a good quality projector, not cheaply made, but as Bill said, its not easy to be repaired. I sent mine to eso-s years ago for a broken belt. After about a year, it came back and I havent had any problems with it since.

Posted by Dave Cragg (Member # 401) on May 10, 2008, 09:55 AM:
Just a few pics of my modest semi-permanent cine room.

Used the room for the first time recently; 5 of us fitted comfortably on the couch. (Bloody murder getting it up the stairs though!)
Floor lamp is on a dimmer switch.
Room is bigger than it looks; had to compress picture to upload.

Screen is remotely operated. Once door is closed left hand speaker is moved across, in front of the door.




[ May 15, 2008, 12:39 PM: Message edited by: Dave Cragg ]
Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on May 18, 2008, 10:21 AM:

Very nice! I'm glad that uploading problem got taken care of.
I'm so jealous of folks who can keep a permanent (or semi-permanent) screening room set up.
Are there pull down shades for the windows or do you black them out some other way?

Posted by Dave Cragg (Member # 401) on May 18, 2008, 05:07 PM:
Cheers Doug.
I need to get some sort of blackout curtains, especially as the nights are now drawing out.
I can just imagine Warden Hodges shouting " Put that light out!" from outside!

Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on July 22, 2008, 05:51 AM:
Hi guys,

This is the set-up of my permanent home theater. But if you want to get back to the history of the room, you can proceed by reading this post first.

In a brief, I have three collections and they have to be accommodated in one room, i.e movie, train model and LP records.

Below is the photo taken when everything was still in progress


This is the screen when it was made:


I can put blackout curtain to block the outside light coming from the window, but since I also collect train models, I've made movable shelves to store the train and toys. The rail I used for the shelves is those used for domestic sliding door. So it's easy to find and to install it. Since the shelves were made from thick wood, therefore, when they cover the window, they will totally block the outside light. As a result, I can get a pure dark room during daytime.

 - PICT1205_001

I am happy with these shelves, since I can now watch movies during the daytime, when my eyes are still fresh (previously I had to do that during night time and I had to struggle with my sleeping time. It was very often I found myself fall asleep).

Below is the two projectors that always with me (Elmo 800 & Elmo ST1200HD):


and these are my Columbia's collection together with the audio system (a very modest set-up for this). They are: on the top is AKAI 8-track cartridge (remember this? "Grease"), Equalizer, Technics radio tuner, Technics Tape-deck recorder, Denon integrated amplifier, Sansui Dual Tape-deck Recorder, and Technics CD Player:


Now, I have also another hobby of collecting records, or perhaps more to be a bedroom DJ. Therefore, I also put my 2 DJ Turntable, Technics SL 1200 MK-2


The mirror ball is seen on the below photo and another photo from the other angle when the home theater becomes a mini discotheque.


And finally, kids are enjoying the show.



[ May 19, 2018, 03:13 AM: Message edited by: Winbert Hutahaean ]
Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on July 22, 2008, 04:53 PM:

Very impressive! I couldn't tell from the photos....are the projectors in a separate room as originally planned?

Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on July 23, 2008, 01:41 AM:

I ordered this project to a building company who was also doing my new house. In the blue print it was drawn with two separate rooms (as my initial aim). However, the contractor could not finish it due to certain circumstances. I did of course cut the payment.

However, I eventually found that having two separate rooms will be too crowded in that limited space. So, lucky me and blessing in disguise, the today's set-up has more spacious rooms and I save a lot of money. [Razz]

BTW, I have edited the above post by adding some more pictures showing the home theatre can also be converted to a mini discotheque!!! cool!! ... [Cool] , [Cool]

Posted by James N. Savage 3 (Member # 83) on July 23, 2008, 06:51 AM:

I love it! It's like a time capsule to the 70's, with a touch of modern technology. It actually gives some dignity to equipment that was made 30 years ago. Young people today don't realize what high quality audio and visual we had back then.

I used to want a separate projection booth, but I actually like having the projector in my viewing room, as it adds to the atmosphere (as long as its not a noisy projector [Wink] ).

Congradulations on a job well done!

Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on July 28, 2008, 12:53 PM:
Hello, all 8mm forum members.
I just changed my screening room around, but its a little messy... I'll take some pictures soon (my screening room is also by bedroom).


My shelf of Popeye collectables (im a big fan of popeye). Also notice the 1930s-50s (im not sure which) Christmas lights. My 1946 REVERE EIGHT 8mm projector is also on a shelf with its original instructions manual!


Here's where I keep my films.


Here's a cool "charm light" I bought at a garage sale (I THINK its from the 70s).


Here's 3 of my projectors (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Eumig MARK 610 D(super 8 and 8mm silent), Mansfield Customatic (8mm), Chinon 6100 (super 8 sound) (needs a new lamp again)!


These are tapes of various kinds (reel to reel, cassette, 8-track)


This is the computer in my room. It has great sound (3d sound and YAMAHA midi drivers). It's a Windows 98 Computer.


This is my wall (again). Notice how it has been updated with all 3 Super Mario Bros. NES games... (wrong forum... lol)


This is the 1960s-70s EMENEE organ that uses air to play music, not electronics. It sounds great and its fun to play.

[ August 01, 2008, 11:56 AM: Message edited by: Joshua Vega ]
Posted by James N. Savage 3 (Member # 83) on July 30, 2008, 08:08 PM:
Joshua- for a young person, you seem to have quite a taste for older, nostalgic things (movie projectors, 8-tracks, etc.) That's really neat, and you don't see that very much with the younger generation today.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on August 01, 2008, 11:44 AM:
Joshua- for a young person, you seem to have quite a taste for older, nostalgic things (movie projectors, 8-tracks, etc.) That's really neat, and you don't see that very much with the younger generation today.

Keep up the good work!


That's one of my unique qualities. I like old electronics, video games, old cartoons, and of course, old projectors (especially the ones that work [Wink] ) and old films.

EDIT: the only tv in my room (right now, not in the pictures) that's set up is a 1960s black-and-white Admiral Tube TV.
Posted by Graham Sinden (Member # 431) on August 01, 2008, 12:19 PM:
I was just the same as a kid. I loved going to jumble sales and buying reel to reel tape recorders and old radios with my pocket money, but I would often end up breaking them as I was always the curious type to open them up inside.

I still love old electronics now. Its a nice feeling using something that is decades old which probably wasnt designed to last that long, and you can keep it going. On a similar note I would love to keep my projectors going for as long as possible. Just imagine using the GS1200 in say 50 years time with all the complex stuff inside it. [Wink]

Graham S
Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on August 01, 2008, 12:51 PM:
I was just the same as a kid. I loved going to jumble sales and buying reel to reel tape recorders and old radios with my pocket money, but I would often end up breaking them as I was always the curious type to open them up inside.
I was just like that when i was younger, but now I don't take apart electronics unless they're broken (like i even know how to fix them... [Confused] )
Posted by Graham Sinden (Member # 431) on August 01, 2008, 03:51 PM:

Thankfully I dont break things now but I was always doing that when I was young. I remember my sister had one of those cheapo jewellery boxes with a wind up ballarina and musical tune mechanism. I remember my mum and dad saying to my nan "Dont let graham get hold of it, he will break it". Sure enough I did get hold of it and I did break it within minutes.

Yes Ive always had a fascination with Reel to reel tape recorders. Mabye its the good sound quality or the big reels that I can watch going round. Ive still got 2 now and a number of tapes. I was also interested in collecting different media's. I nearly bought an 8 track player and tapes from a boot sale once but I was undecided about it and it went by the time I decided I wanted it. I only got into cine when in a junk store I thought what was a reel to reel tape on the shelf (due to the box), and it turned out to be a standard 8 film. I still bought it then I wanted to get a projector to play it on and I found one in another store, a Prinz magnon super IQ. Then a friend told me of some silents in a charity store near me so I purchased them and projected them on a white painted door. And as they say, the rest is history. [Wink] [Smile]

P.S I still have those films and the Prinz [Smile]

Graham S
Posted by Roger Manning Jr (Member # 321) on August 06, 2008, 03:04 PM:
Here is a link to pics of mine.

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Posted by Michael O'Regan (Member # 938) on August 06, 2008, 04:07 PM:
Very nice, Roger.

Thats quite an old model B&H, isn't it? It's in excellent condition.

Posted by Joshua Vega (Member # 850) on August 08, 2008, 01:27 PM:
Good pictures, and I like the film reel light [Wink] .

Posted by Claus Harding (Member # 702) on September 13, 2008, 01:44 PM:
Well, Mr. Photiou asked for articles, so that finally got me going as far as taking pictures of my setup.

Since he's got the piece coming out, I'll just summarize:

A very small apartment, 25-ft throw, and no provisions for mounting or storing a screen, so on the wall it goes [Smile]
I run Standard-8, Super-8 and 16mm.

The Elmo running a Roy Rogers B-western:




The Eiki Xenon with the long-play tower. The reels are 6000ft. Goldbergs which can do up to about 2-3/4hrs of continuous screening in 16mm.
I have gotten great use out of the tower. It works beautifully with both Super-8 and Standard-8 as well (using reel adapters.)



'Scope is about 8ft. wide, Academy about a foot less.




The Bolex M8 gets to enjoy long-play too (but I do need a wider lens for it.) I love how all 3 formats collaborate: standard-8 film on a super-8 reel on a 16mm tower.


Sound for all of the above goes through a Samson Resolv80 self-powered monitor (part of my stereo), that moves relatively easily to the 'screen area' and provides far better sound than using the projectors with 'passive' extension speakers.

Given the restrictions, I am pretty happy with what I am seeing/hearing.
I plan on building a stand with a front guide roller for the Elmo; at the moment I am using a small reel on the front arm when I use the tower with super-8, but I worry about scratches because of the flatness of the core of the reel. The Bolex M8 takes the Eiki guide roller without it even being locked on the arm; it just stays there from to the film tension.

We plan on moving next year, so that could mean a real screen and such; we'll see. For now, it is enjoyable as is, and that's really what counts.

Best Regards,
Posted by Michael O'Regan (Member # 938) on September 13, 2008, 02:00 PM:
Hi Claus,
Nice pics.
My throw is also just under 25ft. What is the Scope lens on the Eiki?
Do you use a primary lens with this?

Posted by Claus Harding (Member # 702) on September 13, 2008, 02:18 PM:

In the picture,the 3500 uses a 38mm Eiki lens and an Eiki 16F anamorph (I also have Sankor 16Cs.)

Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on September 13, 2008, 05:42 PM:
Hi Claus
Those pictures are really good the projectors look like they are all in mint condition in particular the Eiki and Bolex M8 running of the long play unit.

Posted by Claus Harding (Member # 702) on September 13, 2008, 05:54 PM:
Thanks Graham,

Pictures flatter, but yes, both machines are in nice shape. The Eiki must have been sitting for a while; the seller said it had a "sound problem, but was otherwise ok." It turned out to have the wrong exciter bulb in it, and, once replaced, it ran flawlessly.

The Bolex I never get tired of looking at [Smile] It too came from EBay, from a very good home, and you're right, for a machine from 1960, it couldn't look any better. Nary a scratch as the saying goes. And to top it all, it runs perfectly too!

Posted by Michael O'Regan (Member # 938) on September 14, 2008, 05:26 AM:
That shot of Oliver Hardy - is that 16mm or 8mm?
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on September 14, 2008, 05:58 AM:

Your comment about the wrong exciter lamp reminded me of a Bell & Howell TQII I bought some years ago. "You can have it cheap," says the owner, "It's got very low sound, probably the amplifier."

Once it was home a quick check revealed it had an Elf G27 exciter lamp with vertical filament, whereas the Bell & Howell uses a G29 [horizontal filament].

It was no wonder that little light was geting through!
Posted by Claus Harding (Member # 702) on September 14, 2008, 10:11 AM:
Oliver Hardy is from a 16mm print.

It's nice when it works out like that. In this case, the exciter was an over-sized model, and as soon as I took one of the 'regulars' from an SSL and adjusted the bulb height a bit, everything was fine.

Posted by Chip Gelmini (Member # 44) on September 20, 2008, 08:57 PM:
(NOTE: This has been relocated per Kevin F.)

Hello to all. Success at last!

The pictures below were shot today September 18th. I used my Nikon D50 with an 18-55 zoom lens. The text UNDER each image describes it....


A: The big wall to wall screen. 4 speakers behind it.


B: The frontwall of the booth. Towers 1 & 2 (bottom), projectionist wide view window (middle); and the Panny AX200U (top). The super 8 projectors are 1 pair Elmo ST1200HD /w optical.


D: The film editing bench inside the booth entrance. These are the Neumade X-3 rewinds made for 6,000 foot reels @ 35mm format. Brass adapters convert to super 8; and the standard 5/16 inch 35mm shafts can run 16mm reels as well. In addition, this bench also serves as the video control for DVD to the Panny AX200U. Below the bench cranks there are two Sony DVD players. One is set for flat discs; the other for scope. Both players send video and sound to the Radio Shack A/V selector directly below the big speaker. From this selector, sound goes to the Pro Logic units; and picture to the Panny. The monitor helps set the dvd movies for a more professional presentation on the big screen. Indeed, this is quite the rewind bench video bench with the multiple formats in can handle :-)


E: The Panasonic AX200U installed above Tower 1.


F: I am now pleased to report that I can run 16MM in addition to the DVD and super 8. These are Bell & Howell Slot Load models 2580. Purchased from Ebay and I installed new motor and take up belts. Away they go! The small tape selector box between the machines serves as projector 1 - projector 2 sound changeover, sending the sound to the Pro Logic units inside the booth. I was surprised how quiet running these machines were, given the fact they are not sound proofed being run outside in the screening room directly. Yes they are obvious, but not as loud as I thought they might be.


Another shot of the 16mm setup....


A wide shot from the screen showing the large room.

Please pass the popcorn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[Big Grin]
Posted by Kevin Faulkner (Member # 6) on September 23, 2008, 03:34 PM:
I take it the clothes are there to cut down sound echos and deaden the sound character of the room? [Big Grin]

Looks good, Kev.
Posted by Stewart McSporran (Member # 128) on September 28, 2008, 04:51 PM:
That looks great Chip.

We really lose out in the UK by not having basements!

I must get some shots of my setup when I can find the battery charger for my camera.
Posted by Chip Gelmini (Member # 44) on September 29, 2008, 05:15 PM:

When I run Poltergeist those clothes seem to move throughout the basement without being touched.

And if you believe that please allow me to charge you admission when you arrive. IT'S FREAKIN' WIERD. [Big Grin]
Posted by David Erskine (Member # 1244) on October 21, 2008, 05:54 PM:
**This is for Mr Harding**. I tried to email him through the board and when I'd finished it said his email addy was blocked - so tish poo - here's what I said:-

"Good Sir! If it ain't too stoopid a question - how do you organise reel adaptors for 8mm to make use of the tower? I got our local Perspex firm to cut me two platters to fit inside a couple of 3000ft 16mm split reels. It is a bit clumsy but it works - although I have to admit that the tower and reels behind a little Fujica SH6 does look a little strange. I also used a 50ft reel for the top spool arm - I cheated slightly and stuck a bit of a silicon impreg duster in it so it sort of polished the film as it went (the duster fell out after a while!) Anyroadup, any info you could let me have will be gratefully received, etcetcetc. Cheers, David Erskine"
Posted by Claus Harding (Member # 702) on October 21, 2008, 06:51 PM:

I thought my e-mail was active here; I'll have to check the settings. Try me at chavideo (at) hotmail (dot) com.

The adaptors themselves are these:


Solid brass pieces; will last almost forever, and they fit hand in glove on the tower when the reels are secured with the two screw-on knobs. I bought my adaptors here in the US. I don't know if the Widescreen Center has them, but Wittner's does:

Fancy chrome, but same basic model [Big Grin]

Wittner's also has big reels (up to 1200 meters.)

I haven't bought from there yet as the prices and the exchange rate still scare me (!); since I haven't needed many so far, I went with used.

I want to make a stand and have it guide the film over the projector, and for that, Wittner's does have something I haven't seen elsewhere: actual 8mm rollers with holder hardware:

(I know, I sound like I'm advertizing for them, but frankly, I looked in the US and have not seen these available.)

Please let me know if you have any other questions; I'm happy to help if I can.

Posted by Chip Gelmini (Member # 44) on November 04, 2008, 11:49 AM:
As far as I know, those brass adapters are a Neumade product. Steve Osborne and Larry Urbanski have them available. My super 8 Towers have these as well and they are very good.

Posted by David Erskine (Member # 1244) on November 05, 2008, 04:50 PM:
"You've all done very well!" (Graham Sinden should know where that came from!) I think the pics of the tower with everything are marvellous. I got some perspex cut to fit a 16mm 3000ft split reel (so I could run 8mm - of course!) (Memo to me try not to use so many exclamation marks or 'd-g c-ck' as old time printers call 'em). Anyway, I used my tower with a Fuji SH6 (the little one) and it worked very well - but did look odd. However, now I'll try Wittner for those adaptors - if I can get them to understand me!!!!!! Also I'll email Mr H. Cheers, chaps.
Posted by Chip Carpenter (Member # 1330) on November 08, 2008, 11:55 AM:
"You've all done very well!"
Because you can't survive a day with out a qoute from an old Brit sitcom. I don't know how much play it still get on your side of the water, but for some reason we really them . . . Are You Being Served, Falty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances . . . love 'em all - now to get them on S8 [Big Grin]
Posted by Daniel Beijar (Member # 1577) on May 12, 2009, 03:12 AM:
Here are my projectors and films:

Filmcollection. Mostly Disney cartoons, some films i shoot myself, a five Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy and one full feature lengt film: The Navigator with Buster Keaton from 1924.

Here is my sound projector for Super 8 films: Bolex SM8

And my projector for Super 8 and Standard 8 silent films:
Sankyo Dualux 2000H

Collection of old cameras and projectors.

Movie screen in the living room.
Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on June 13, 2009, 05:40 PM:

Thanks for posting those great pictures. I've always liked how the Bolex SM8 looks. It's very aesthetically pleasing with it's clean lines and industrial modern style. Now if there was a 400' take up reel that looked the Elmo 1200'......
Posted by Bill Brandenstein (Member # 892) on July 10, 2009, 05:39 PM:
On a rare occasion I've seen a Eumig takeup reel on Ebay with circle cutouts that looked extremely unique and cool, Doug, but don't know if it's 400' or 600'. Personally, I don't care. It looks more like a 35mm house reel than most.
Posted by Christian Bjorgen (Member # 1780) on October 18, 2009, 05:12 AM:
So, having begun purchasing reels and equipment, aswell as joining this forum, I decided to make myself a little screening room where I can enjoy films. So armed with some old furniture, an overfilled storage room and the ability to clean, I began making my own little home cinema.

Here's a video of the process, with some before and after shots, some clips from the progress, aswell as video of the projector in action after it's done.

I have a sound system ready for use, but I'm missing an adapter to transfer sound from the projector to the stereo, so I haven't set it up yet.
Posted by John Almond (Member # 1782) on October 18, 2009, 05:29 AM:
Nice little set up there mate, enjoy
Posted by David Pannell (Member # 300) on October 21, 2009, 08:28 AM:

This lifted from my recent post under "What films did you show last night"?

My dear wife (Carol) has just agreed that we can use / turn the spare downstairs reception room, currently affectionately refered to as "The Den", into a cinema room!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow - how about that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Obviously this will take some time to accomplish - so watch this space.

A very happy bunny.
Posted by Martin Jones (Member # 1163) on October 21, 2009, 09:08 AM:
Don't get too happy, too soon, David....there's got to be a "trade off" somewhere!

Posted by David Pannell (Member # 300) on October 21, 2009, 09:50 AM:
Martin........don't even go there!

I know what you're saying, but I feel pretty confident about this one. Actually it's been a long time coming, so Carol's had plenty of time to mull it over.

I think she actually likes to watch some of the old movies - but would never admit it outright; though she's mentioned some thoughts about the furnishings, seating etc!

Certainly I'll post any untoward compromises, and look to the Forum for any sympathy I might need!
Posted by Michael O'Regan (Member # 938) on October 21, 2009, 01:00 PM:
Why not take some "before" pictures Dave so we can see the transformation.

I'm always impressed by what people do in their Home Cinema designs.

Are you going for a booth or "open projection"?

Posted by David Pannell (Member # 300) on October 21, 2009, 01:37 PM:
Sounds like a plan, Mike.
Posted by Michael Beyer (Member # 1143) on October 22, 2009, 03:35 AM:
here are some photos of my screening room in our new home.
It is not very big and not very professional, but good enough for me. The distance between projector and screen is roundabout 3m. The screen has a width of 2,53 m. Scope has a width of 2,34m and with an Elmo-conversion lens the flats are 1,60m x 1,20m. There can be 3 or 4 guests.

The screen:

The decorated left wall...

...and the right one

The projector-part (very provisorily, but don't know how I can make it better):

One of my Elmos (old, but have the best picture) with an 1.1-lens:

Last but not least: Some of my films


[ October 26, 2009, 10:23 AM: Message edited by: Michael Beyer ]
Posted by David Pannell (Member # 300) on October 22, 2009, 04:35 AM:
Hi Michael,

If mine looks half as good as that when I've finished it, I'll be very pleased. Well done!
Posted by Michael Beyer (Member # 1143) on October 22, 2009, 05:03 AM:
Thanks, David.
Hope we will see some pictures of your room if the project is ready to screen [Smile]

Ooooh - I forgot my sound-section:

Here's Part 1:

And this is part 2:

Posted by Damien Taylor (Member # 1337) on October 22, 2009, 10:05 AM:
We have quite similar tastes in audio equipment Michael. I too use an SL-1200, I find them terrific workhorses. I also see you run what appears to be an A3440, I have an A3340S, and it still runs like a charm after all these years.
Posted by Michael Beyer (Member # 1143) on October 22, 2009, 10:25 AM:
Hi Damian,
yes, you're right.
I use the good old MK2 to play my records.
It's one of my MK2's which is in my cinema room.
And for my reels I use the Teac A 3440 and they run and run and run...
Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on October 22, 2009, 10:27 AM:

Your set-up almost similar to me (i.e the equipments). I have posted my theatre here.

You can see that I use Elmo ST 1200, I have Technics SL1200 and....TEAC Reel to Reel player. [Big Grin]

Damien, you are right that SL 1200 is just solid and work like horse. (BTW, it is so coincidence that the model number are the same...1200)

Posted by Michael Beyer (Member # 1143) on October 23, 2009, 04:40 AM:
Hi Winbert,
I never thought about the model number, but you are right: 1200 stands for never destroying workhorses [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

Posted by Damien Taylor (Member # 1337) on October 23, 2009, 10:15 AM:
Not to derail too much, but this is the audio section of my booth/theater/bedroom, more pics to come, I just happened to have this photo on my computer already. The Numark is only there because it can play 16 rpm discs.
Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on October 23, 2009, 10:21 AM:
Hey...another TEAC reel to reel deck!!...

Damien, what sort of vinyl is recorded in 16 RPM??

Posted by Martin Jones (Member # 1163) on October 23, 2009, 10:30 AM:

16 2/3 rpm discs were introduced briefly in the UK many years ago.
I never saw one, but came across decks that could play them often. If I recall correctly, they were intended for "talking book" use.
Posted by Damien Taylor (Member # 1337) on October 23, 2009, 10:45 AM:
Martin is correct, they were introduced for talking book use, books for the blind etc...

The reason I need the speed is for my collection of Seeburg background music records. Custom made records that were designed to go into a special jukebox to play specially programmed music in shopping centres, supermarkets, factories etc... I never managed to find a Seeburg 1000 in Australia, so I just play the discs by themselves.

Theres plenty of examples of the Seeburg system and records on Youtube, including mine. The examples I have up aren't the greatest.
Posted by Joerg Polzfusz (Member # 602) on October 23, 2009, 11:36 AM:

my "Wharfedale/Lenco"-record player also supports 16 2/3, 33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm... Never stumbled across a 16rpm-record, though.
According to the German wikipedia 16 2/3 rpm was advertised as the ideal speed for records played in cars. (Yes, back then some cars had record-players instead of CD/MP3-players!)
However the Wikipedia has got a photo of a 16 2/3-LP: "treasure island" as an audio-book:


(Besides: 78rpm-vinyl only sounds half as good on my Wharfedale compared to a hand-cranked gramophone as they normally require special needles (and are mono)...)
Posted by Brad Miller (Member # 2) on October 23, 2009, 11:43 AM:
Hey Damien,

I have a Seeburg and it is awesome. Was finally able to track a nice one down on ebay, although it did still need some work done on it when I got it. It makes the perfect intermission music. [Smile]
Posted by Chip Gelmini (Member # 44) on October 23, 2009, 11:56 AM:
Micheal Beyer

Your pictures are awesome!

Is that a 35mm scope lens on a wooden cradle infront of your Elmo projector? Are those white stick on labels on your film cans?

Gosh darn it why didn't I think of that [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Posted by Damien Taylor (Member # 1337) on October 24, 2009, 09:41 PM:
Awesome to hear you found a Seeburg Brad. I saw a nice one on the bay as little while back, but with a buy it now, by the time I clicked on the listing it was gone.
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on October 24, 2009, 11:30 PM:

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Posted by Michael Beyer (Member # 1143) on October 26, 2009, 10:35 AM:
Thanks, Chip !
I think it is a 35mm, but I'm not sure [Wink]
It's an Rectimascope 48/2x, made by the "Rathenower Optische Werke".

And yes, there are white stick labels on the cans, that I can find all the reels of a feature [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

Posted by Chip Gelmini (Member # 44) on October 26, 2009, 11:00 AM:

"Gosh darn it why didn't I think of that"

End quote

You see Micheal, I was joking.

I actually DID think of that many years ago. Articles were posted of mine in FFTC magazines as well as Steve Osborne's, The Reel Image magazine.

Anyways, it's good to see that the word is spreading.

Now maybe others tried scope lenses from theaters long before I did. So I only look for credit for doing things my way with all due respect to others.

I worked as a projectionist in theaters for many years. One night on the way home, I wondered if a 35mm scope lens would work with super 8. My guess was the optics would be fine, but the big issue was how to affix it to the smaller gauge machine.

We had at the time a spare scope lens attachment. The fact that it belonged to the theater made it so I couldn't borrow it and try it at home and then return it to the theater.

So instead, I brought an ST800 in to work with me one night and just held the lens in front of the machine by hand and breifly threw a white light. The image was great, I knew it was my path to go.

36 months later I had 24 scope features in my collection. What a beautiful site on such a magnificent screen. My recent post of how many super 8 features do you own currently lists 32 scope prints.

CG [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Posted by Michael Beyer (Member # 1143) on October 26, 2009, 11:36 AM:
I know, that it was a joke [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

My first scope print was Ben Hur. To see it on a big screen was so amazing, that I bought more scope-features. Now there are roundabout 20 in my collection and to be continued...
That's what I call home cinema [Big Grin]

Posted by Gian Luca Mario Loncrini (Member # 1417) on November 16, 2009, 04:08 AM:
Michael, my compliments for your screening room.
It doesn't matter if you believe it's a little small. The impact is impressive and I think it is always a party when shows go on!
Posted by Michael Beyer (Member # 1143) on November 17, 2009, 08:27 AM:
Many thanks, Gian.
But there are no parties at the moment [Big Grin]
It is next to the room of my little daughter, who is 2 1/2 years old. So if I could start a show, it is time for her to go to bed [Frown]
But times will change [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

So I am the only one who sees the features in my room with headphones.
But sometime I make a screening like the "Ben Hur"-screening not at home. I have some rooms where I can go to, but they have mostly less atmosphere.

Posted by David Pannell (Member # 300) on December 01, 2009, 07:08 AM:
Have just returned from yet another extended business trip and am now seriously considering all the options open to me regarding this awkward shaped room for the home cinema.

It turns out that, with a little judicious planning and careful execution of the practicalities, I think I can achieve what I consider to be the best compromise.

With the projector in the small part of the room, and with the screen in front of the window, I have worked out - albeit only roughly at the moment - that having the projector at a slight angle to the normal (remember that from your schoolboy physics)? and the screen also at a corresponding slight angle to the normal, the normal will be restored, and there won't be any out of focus issues, and the screen only needs to be offset a little from the centre of the room.

It looks like the angle will be somewhere between 5 and 10 degrees, but I'll set it up temporarily and see how it works. I'll post the final dimensions and settings if successful, and I reckon this will give me the best all round result - both aesthetically and technically.

Many thanks once again for your interest and input.
Posted by Jean-Marc Toussaint (Member # 270) on December 01, 2009, 07:27 AM:
Michael: our daughter (who's turning three soon) has been attending shows since she was around one. Although she's used to monsters and such (I have all sorts of skeletons, props from haunted attractions and she cherishes a Cthulhu plush toy) we plan special matinees for her with cartoons and comedies. And she loves it. See my recent pictures in the "what film did you show" topic.
We she was very young, I put on Star Wars on Super 8 and she felt asleep looking at the spinning 1200ft spools... [Big Grin]
Posted by Michael Beyer (Member # 1143) on December 07, 2009, 04:26 AM:
I showed her some Disney-cartoons and she loved them. But when she should sleep right next to my screening-room, she knows, that I am looking films and she wants to see them with me. [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Posted by Christian Bjorgen (Member # 1780) on December 27, 2009, 06:22 AM:
So I've redone my screening room abit now, and here's an overview:


In the back you have the shelf with the projector on it (projector is dark blue), projecting onto the wall on the other side of the room, where I have a homemade screen, about 5ft x 3,5 ft in size. I am currently using my newly refurbished Elmo ST-180M which runs like a charm. From the projector I have a 3,5 minijack to RCA cable (red lines are cables) running to the stereo (the light blue part), which again runs to two speakers below the screen. I also have two more speakers that I'm planning on putting behind the seating to create a "cinema effect" but I don't have the sufficient cables for it at the moment.

The screening room currently has seating for approx. 5-6 people + myself in the "projectors throne" in the back, next to the projector.
Posted by Robert Lewis (Member # 1458) on December 29, 2009, 11:24 AM:
Having seen pictures of Members' screening rooms, I thought there might be some interest in my 16mm projectors. As can be seen from the pictures below (assuming I have managed to upload them correctly) I have two Eiki NT1 machines with anamorphic brackets and lens, and two Bauer P7 Universal machines. As yet I do not have anamorphic brackets for these, but I am hoping to get them soon.

As you can see from the picture of the Eiki machines, I am also into Super 8mm, having a Eumig machine and a Bell & Howell (Sankyo) machine.


Posted by Damien Taylor (Member # 1337) on December 29, 2009, 11:51 PM:
I still live at home and thanks to the graciousness of my parents and the incredible luck that there is a large window on the back wall of their home theater, my 'film junk' gets to sit outside on screening nights. I am only set up to run BR/DVD/VHS/LD and 35/16/S8 but that's enough for now. Obviously I have to wait for the sun to go down to see anything.

These images show the typical layout of projectors for a show involving all 3 film gauges.
View from the inside looking out.
Posted by David Kilderry (Member # 549) on December 30, 2009, 11:56 PM:
Damien, I have a regular Seeburg juke box 45rpm 100 selection (a Marauder from 1972) sitting next to my rewind bench here at home. Whenever I am winding or checking film or doing any other work nearby it belts out a selection from my singles collection.

We formerly owned a jukebox and amusement company and this is the only juke that we still have from the dozens of record boxes we once owned, not to mention all the CD units.

Posted by Jeroen van Ooijen (Member # 1104) on January 03, 2010, 12:34 PM:
So everybody,i had my sundayafternoon screening,so i thought let's make a photo!
So for everyone,i watch my movies in the livingroom on an old screen,this year i'll buy and new and bigger screen!
Today it was Pinocchio that was on the watchlist! [Big Grin]




Jeroen [Wink]
Posted by Brad Miller (Member # 2) on January 31, 2010, 11:13 PM:
Pics of the new screening room here.
Posted by David Kilderry (Member # 549) on March 12, 2010, 06:02 PM:
Brad, very impressive.

What brand/model are the seats?

Is the screening room located in a house, factory area or cinema complex?

Posted by Michael O'Regan (Member # 938) on March 13, 2010, 12:51 PM:
Excellent, but, too much glass between booth and auditorium for my personal liking. I'm a little old-fashioned in that way.
Posted by Alan L. Hitchcox (Member # 598) on June 09, 2010, 09:26 PM:
These posts are great -- some really impressive setups.
My wife always thinks I have way too much stuff. I showed her some of these pics so she could see how small-time my operation is.
Maybe now she won't complain if I pick up a few more things.
Posted by Rob Young. (Member # 131) on July 10, 2010, 06:54 AM:
Brad, I'm almost physically drooling! [Smile]

The auditorium is amazing, but I loovve that projection room!
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 10, 2010, 11:31 AM:
Brads' screening room,
It's cool,
but don't drool

That's not a home cinema
but, a transplanted auditorium from the local multiplex.
with deep pockets of popcorn.
[Big Grin]
Posted by David Erskine (Member # 1244) on July 10, 2010, 05:03 PM:
On one of Keith Wilton's "Armchair Odeons" tapes/discs there's a guy who has his projectors on a turntable in the attic - and can just about get his top half up by them to load film -- but he daren't put weight on!! Brad's place is VERY impressive - I drool too - but then I go out to my cinema in the garden and walk in sideways to avoid tripping over stuff! Carol says she's going to sort me out and build the prosc arch and masking etc - and fit a 'Safety Curtain' too!
Cheers, David E
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on July 11, 2010, 08:59 PM:
I passed a major milestone today.

I ran speaker wiring from my Amp at the back of the house through the basement and up to two speakers on either side of the screen which rolls down inside the front bay window. It's something I've been thinking about for several years, but until we finished our renovations the stereo was on a different level altogether and not connectable to my screening area or my projectors. (Split level house: floors on the East side of the house don't line up with the ones on the West)

The speakers are a nice big set my Dad once had. Unfortunately the foam surrounds on the woofers are shot so I'll be buying replacement foam kits and rebuilding them. Worse comes to worse I'll buy new speakers, but I'd like to give this a shot.

Next step after that is to build some sort of interface to take the outputs of two projectors and feed them into a spare input on my Amp.

The next few months should be interesting!
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on September 07, 2010, 08:37 PM:

A few weeks ago I tried repairing the woofer and was successful. I'll do the other one when I have time to spare or it blows (whichever comes first...)

It was like a two evening project, not that hard, just one step at a time.

(Highly recommended...Especially where the other choice is trashing really good quality speakers and spending hundreds on new ones.)

Next is to build a circuit to take the aux outputs of the projector and feed them into the stereo amp. Since the projector and the amp are going to be plugged into different outlets (distance), I'm going to start with a circuit to break any ground loops and then work on circuits to eliminate hum.

I have the board, I have the box, I have some of the parts...all that's lacking is time and energy!
Posted by Jorge Rondao (Member # 1434) on September 22, 2010, 12:31 PM:
Finely my home cinema ready

Photos - [URL = ]


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Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on September 22, 2010, 08:39 PM:
Simply Fantastic.
Posted by Jorge Rondao (Member # 1434) on September 23, 2010, 05:05 PM:
Thanks Michael.
Posted by Laksmi Breathwaite (Member # 2320) on December 03, 2010, 11:16 AM:
These are pictures from my screening room . I love my ELMO Hi Vision SC 18 2 Track Super 8 sound projector. I love Sci Fi films and Superman 40's cartoons. I have been collecting for 45 years this is only 1/3 of my collection. I started collecting in the late 60's 8mm silent films and then in the late 70's to late 80's sound films. I live in Las Vegas in Pahrump near Area 51.  -

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Posted by Andreas Chmielewski (Member # 2208) on December 08, 2010, 04:31 PM:
This is my Home Cinema..i am 34 years old.
And i love Super 8 Films

Here are a lot of pictures from my Fun Kino








My screening room picture is 1,80 Meter x 1,80 Meter

Posted by Jim Schrader (Member # 9) on December 08, 2010, 04:56 PM:
I would be afraid to get a title off the bottom of the tall stacks [Eek!]
Posted by Andreas Chmielewski (Member # 2208) on December 08, 2010, 05:03 PM:
Yes.... [Wink] [Smile]
Posted by Jim Schrader (Member # 9) on December 08, 2010, 07:57 PM:
what are the yellow/red boxes?
Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on December 08, 2010, 08:12 PM:
Laksmi and Andreas,

Very impressive!


Those yellow/red boxes are releases from Piccolo Film.


Posted by Laksmi Breathwaite (Member # 2320) on December 08, 2010, 11:58 PM:
Andreas Chmielewski
Wow!!! What a collection!! That is Fantastic collection!!!!!!!!!! Check out more of my movie room. I got models, comics,Super 8 movies, DVD,Blu -ray, action figures,presskits. and my movie watching Chihuahua Shiva. I really like to look at the covers if I can of my films.  -  -  -
Posted by Andreas Chmielewski (Member # 2208) on December 09, 2010, 03:55 AM:
Hello Laksmi what for a wonderfull collection from your Action Figures..great

And Jim...yes..the Yellow/red Boxes there are from Piccolo Film
There has given a lot of titles never comes on Super 8 in the USA/UK

Greetings Andi
Posted by Jim Schrader (Member # 9) on December 09, 2010, 01:23 PM:
That is an awsome collection hope you have good insurace [Smile]
Posted by Laksmi Breathwaite (Member # 2320) on December 10, 2010, 12:33 AM:
Thanks Andi and Jim. Yes I got insurance. Here are some more pics of my super 8mm film room. OH I put a movie screen up in front of the Sony Bravia 46 inch to show my friends on movie night some of my film collection.  -  -  -  -

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Posted by Andreas Chmielewski (Member # 2208) on December 13, 2010, 03:45 PM:
Wow you have a great and big collection!!
Posted by Laksmi Breathwaite (Member # 2320) on January 04, 2011, 12:15 AM:
Yeah thanks you to!
Posted by Christian Bjorgen (Member # 1780) on December 10, 2011, 04:47 PM:
As I'm writing this I am currently watching Paul Adsetts cinema on my Armchair Odeons DVDs. It looks even more amazing on video than on the pictures!
Posted by Adam Deierling (Member # 2307) on May 29, 2012, 10:00 AM:
I took this today. Yes thats "Return of the Jedi" playing on super 8! One of my favorite prints! Still looking for a reasonable "Empire"!
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on May 29, 2012, 04:26 PM:
That looks quite cozy Adam.

Bill [Smile]

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Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on May 29, 2012, 10:09 PM:
Great room Adam!!!!
Posted by Akshay Nanjangud (Member # 2828) on May 29, 2012, 11:57 PM:
What a place, Adam! Loved it.

Can anyone guide me to a screen like the one in Adam has? How much would it cost?
Posted by Adam Deierling (Member # 2307) on May 30, 2012, 12:07 AM:
Akshay, here is a link to purchase my screen. The site has many other screens if mine doesn't suite your needs. Very reasonably priced and very high quality.
Posted by Akshay Nanjangud (Member # 2828) on May 30, 2012, 02:13 PM:
Thanks, Adam. I am going to look through the site before making a call.
Posted by Laksmi Breathwaite (Member # 2320) on June 01, 2012, 08:47 PM:
Hey nice room and screen and it so neat. May the Force be with Your Room!
Posted by Lars-Goran Ahlm (Member # 1908) on June 03, 2012, 06:20 AM:
Not as much the screening room, but at least my projector setup.
This is a permanent setup in my livingroom.
I suppose everybody recognize the 8MM machine.
The 16MM is a Bauer P 8 L universal.

Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on June 08, 2012, 09:33 PM:

I'm jealous that you can leave your projectors set up all the time. I have to drag mine out, set it up, then put it away. If only....

Posted by Lars-Goran Ahlm (Member # 1908) on June 10, 2012, 06:57 PM:
Well Doug, that's one of the perks of being single. No annoying woman who insists that the livingroom must be clutter free from movie equipment. (The fact they themselves clutter it up with lots of other unusable stuff don't seem to count)

I'm not really this misogynistic, just bad experience. [Frown]
Posted by Bryan Chernick (Member # 1998) on June 11, 2012, 10:24 PM:
I'm the same way Doug, my screening room is the living room. My wife has to have everything perfectly clean and organized all the time.
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on July 08, 2012, 04:33 PM:
Here is my basement cinema.

Well the original picture of my screen was replaced by someone else's picture and now it appears that their picture has disappeared as well. So I do have a screen just can't see it! The picture that is here now I believe is from Tom P's set up....every time I look at this post the first picture changes! Oh well!

This is the two main seats for viewing.

The projection booth right now only set up for super 8.

My 200'ers....cartoons, trains, newsreels and digests.

To the left of the main seats are 400'ers and features.

My editing bench is located to the right of the seating area.

Bill [Smile]

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Posted by Michael O'Regan (Member # 938) on July 08, 2012, 05:03 PM:
Nice, Bill.
Posted by James N. Savage 3 (Member # 83) on July 11, 2012, 05:10 PM:

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one here who shares his screening area with the washer/dryer! You did a great job. I'll have to post some pictures soon.

Posted by John Hourigan (Member # 111) on July 18, 2012, 12:36 AM:
Nice pictures, Bill! I, too, share screening space with the furnace and water heater in my basement. Hope to have it finished in the next couple of years.
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on July 19, 2012, 03:52 AM:
Great pictures everyone, when I look at them I wish we all lived a bit closer.

Posted by Austin Holcomb (Member # 2507) on July 21, 2012, 02:25 AM:
Here's pics of my first permanent screening room that's not my bedroom (:


Posted by Pasquale DAlessio (Member # 2052) on July 21, 2012, 07:10 AM:

That's a great looking room! I like the films lined up on the wall. You have come a long way in a short time. Keep up the great work. [Wink]

Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on July 21, 2012, 12:12 PM:
I have made a few changes to my Home Cinema in the past few weeks.
First I repainted the walls in a darker beige color, and then I added a black light baffle onto the ceiling above the screen and some burgundy panels onto the ceiling over the seating area. The purpose of this was to reduce light scatter form the walls and the ceiling back onto the screen, and it has had an amazing effect in boosting picture contrast in both film and digital screenings.




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Posted by Osi Osgood (Member # 424) on July 21, 2012, 01:29 PM:
Beautiful screening room Paul. Great job!
Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on July 21, 2012, 01:48 PM:
Austin & Paul,

Terrific screening rooms for two collectors at different stages in this great hobby!

Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on July 21, 2012, 01:50 PM:
Thanks Osi and Doug- it's been a lot of fun and is, of course, a work in progress.
And Austin - I started off just like you but with much lesser equipment than you have - a lowly hand cranked projector with a 10 watt bulb!
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on July 21, 2012, 04:43 PM: did a great job! GAF looks good and I too like the shelf with films on display! Very nice!

Bill [Smile]

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Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 21, 2012, 05:08 PM:

Are the picts from the actual projected film, or a reference to show the depth of the images.

The scope is beautiful.

How are you able to adjust the black panels around the film screen?
Are they also curtains that open and close by electrical power, or are they
moved manually?

The set-up is comfortable and gorgeous.
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on July 21, 2012, 08:28 PM:
Thank you Michael for your kind comments.
Unfortunately it is impossible to take these kind of pictures with an actual projected picture, as the room lighting has to be turned up considerably in order to photograph the room, and under these conditions the screen picture is 'washed out'. So, as is standard procedure in all the home theater magazines, the picture is a composite. However the screen pics are the same size as I get on my screen for 4:3 and scope, and are very representative of the picture quality that I get in a darkened room with digital projection.
The screen has remotely powered masking, which I did myself. It has left and right panels which move in and out for the various widescreen and CinemaScope format ratios. There is also a movable top mask which comes down for just a little bit of top masking for 2.35 CinemaScope, and comes down further for 2.65 Technirama and super 8 scope. The curtains move on a different track than the masking and are independantly controlled. Both the curtains and masking are controlled via an RF remote. The room ceiling lighting and accent lighting is also dimmable via RF remote.
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on July 21, 2012, 09:08 PM:

This is fascinating insight and
you have this down to a science.
"It's the stuff that dreams are made out of,"
and made the dream a reality.
Posted by Austin Holcomb (Member # 2507) on July 22, 2012, 07:57 AM:
Thank you everyone and Paul lovely screening room (:
Posted by Laksmi Breathwaite (Member # 2320) on August 03, 2012, 11:30 PM:
nice room Paul were are the Star Wars posters? And Austin you got a nice start nice going kid!  -
Posted by Austin Holcomb (Member # 2507) on August 04, 2012, 12:12 AM:
Thanks (: I changed it around a bit ill post pics again soon (:
Posted by Richard Bock (Member # 1926) on August 14, 2012, 10:13 AM:
My projection room is shiftable. living room or little office or on the road. Here are the projectors I use, B&H Filmo Regent 8mm, B&H Filmo Diplomat 16mm, Bolex 18-5L Super8, Elmo Sound St800 Super 8, Bolex M8 Standard 8. Also a B&H 285 16mm with amp sidelined.


Posted by Dino Everette (Member # 1378) on December 27, 2012, 12:47 AM:
Richard I love the old school projectors. Those things run like little tanks....

OH How I envy those of you with permanent set ups. Someone please make sure this housing market turns around so my wife and I can get out of our condo and into a house and I can finally get a home cinema again...Like Richard mine is mobile, because I have to be able to take it down when not watching films. Here is how it looked this afternoon..A 6 foot tripod screen..I will hopefully be mounting an 8 foot screen in the next month as my wife has finally consented to allow at least that much of a permanent set up in the condo...

Posted by Gerald Santana (Member # 2362) on February 04, 2013, 02:50 AM:
I've been very fortunate to have a place made available to have regular film screenings here in Berkeley. This is normally an office so, my set up is simple and portable. Today, I took a few pictures to show you what the room looks like when you come to see a film but most importantly, how I run the sound out of the projector.

Here's the room from the lobby, tonight we had a Super 8 show and watched Pigskin Palooka then, Sons of the Desert in honor of the Superbowl. There were 6 people in attendance, not bad considering it was Superbowl Sunday so, many of us prefer an alternative...watching film. Tonight, the Kodak M100 took care of it on two 800' reels:


So, the sound has to be good for these films since, the ceilings are very high and no insulation because the building is from 1918! The music has to be just right or it could come off as muddy because of the acoustics. The first thing, is to get a cable for your projector to connect into a DI box. Here is a less common 0.210 inch jack plug to RCA for the Kodak M100:


Then, I plug that into to the DI box input to clean up the sound and hum from the tube amp. You connect out from an XLR to 1/4", 3.5mm, or RCA to balance the signal:


Finally, I take the out from the DI box and connect that into a Tescam 4 track recorder 1/4" in. mic plg and the Tescam goes "line out" into a Tanberg Reel to Reel that works as a pre amp and rear speaker:


The Tescam controls both the tape player and the sound from the projector. The Tandberg, now working as a mixer, has a 3.5mm line out cable that plugs into Dell computer speakers with a subwoofer :


The speakers were found on the street then, donated to our film club!


Here's a picture of the room before the screening:


Here's a picture after:


As you can see, everyone has a great time when the sound can be tweaked so you can hear the dang song in the film! This is really a simple and portable set up for film projection and I've been doing it for a while since I got the DI box, it really helps minimize noise and feedback from grounding issues, especially in an old building such as The Tannery.
Posted by Vidar Olavesen (Member # 3354) on April 07, 2013, 06:33 PM:
Here's the room as it is now ... Still something to be done (want a motorized screen)


My film shelf (not DVD's, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD or Laserdics) and there's a little more 16mm on the left side
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on April 08, 2013, 03:01 AM:
I have finally finished my upstairs theatre after working on and off for almost two years. Will post some pictures for you as soon
as I can!
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on April 08, 2013, 12:04 PM:
Looks great Vidar! I like the white shelves...looks like a cozy film room.

Can't wait to see the pics Roger!

Bill [Smile]
Posted by Vidar Olavesen (Member # 3354) on April 08, 2013, 08:07 PM:
Thanks, it's not perfect as the ceiling is just 198 cm and I'd love to be able to have stairs down to the screen so more seats could be used. Can only fit about between 5-8 people. Most difficult with 16mm actually as the 1.1 lens for the Elmo makes it possible to be put closer to the screen and thereby bypassing some heads and arms of audience ... But, have to make use of the space one does have :-)

And looking through the different setups, there was a few I really felt the envy (Return of the Jedi too ;-) )
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on May 27, 2013, 08:52 AM:
So here are the Upstairs Home Theater Pics as promised. We finally figured out how to resize, load and add them to post. Hope you like them! [Cool]

This shows view of set up (EIKI RT-O 16mm and ELMO 8mm 1200 HD and run the sound through kenwood receiver), film collection, posters & theater seat (courtesy of Harkins Theater)

Screen shot with vintage Laurel & Hardy statues and kettle popcorn maker in RH corner. Polk bookshelf speakers on pedestals.

Re-creating theater experience with lighting

Another view of the wall to show the posters

Super 8mm Film collection. No room for 16mm

Back view with set up and both theater seats

Shot of the other wall, note 35mm film reel clock with 16mm hands. Clock works, the hands and numbers glow in the dark. Table is film editing station.

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Posted by Michael O'Regan (Member # 938) on May 27, 2013, 09:02 AM:
Nice, Roger.
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on May 27, 2013, 09:15 AM:
Roger...class man! Lookin'good. I want to un-clutter my cinema and make it more like a theatre. It's my work area and where I store my collection so I am use to it being...cluttered.

Nice job.

Bill [Smile]
Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on May 27, 2013, 03:24 PM:
Congratulations Roger,

It's a nice set-up and I have the same Laurel and Hardy statues.
They are at least 40-43 years old and I got mine new.
Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on May 28, 2013, 06:47 AM:
Terrific Roger...!!!! What are you using for a projector stand?
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on May 28, 2013, 07:02 AM:
Oh thanks Jan for your nice comment!
Yes I had to really search for the right stand and found for my needs a stereo/audio component rack/stand. It has adjustable glass shelves but you can't adjust the height of the rack so for me it had to be the perfect height so that I could project onto the screen.

Oh Jan forgot one thing the top platform is big enough to put two projectors on because I think it was designed for a TV to set on the top.
Have a magical day!
RS [Cool]
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on July 29, 2013, 10:51 PM:
Here are a few pics taken after overhead light baffle was completed. The first two were taken without flash and the last one was taken with flash while projector was running just to show the overhead light baffle itself.

The credit really goes to Paul Adsett for suggesting I install an overhead light baffle on the ceiling. It does make a big difference in the picture quality and picture contrast for both color & B&W.



Posted by Akshay Nanjangud (Member # 2828) on July 29, 2013, 11:23 PM:
The baffle is that black something on the roof? Some cloth perhaps? I use black cloths on the floor and this reduces glare from the floor.

Very nice room Roger, Heaven! Your acreening room is in the general of heaven too ..... "upstairs". So screening rooms in the basement are in the general direction of the netherworld. [Big Grin]
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on July 30, 2013, 07:22 AM:
Yeah Akshay, Thanks for your comments.
This is in our upstairs loft! I suspended 2 wooden panels from the ceiling and stretched black cloth over each panel. The panels extend about 4 feet from the screen and what this does is kill the light from the screen from bouncing off the ceiling and then back onto the screen and killing the picture contrast. It really does make quite a difference in picture quality, and it really has to be seen to be believed. Paul Adsett is the one who talked me into doing this and I'm sure glad he did (thanks paul) because before installing the light baffle the scattered light was washing the pix out. I highly recommend everyone doing this if you really want to improve the picture quality!
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on July 30, 2013, 09:15 AM:
Looks like Roger has done a great job with that light baffle. Since I first installed my black baffle right over the screen, just as Roger has done, I went on to add a few more. What I found, probably not suprising, is that adding additional panels only effected a slight improvement. In other words 90% of the improvement in picture quality is achieved by that first large black panel right over the screen. You can obviously add more panels if you wish, as I did, but do'nt expect the kind of dramatic improvement that you get with just that first panel.
As you can see from the photo, once I got about 4 feet back from the screen I started mixing burgundy panels in with the black panels. At this point it was done mainly for decorative and room ambience effect.



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Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on July 30, 2013, 10:35 AM:
Thanks Paul mine only came out the way it did is because you gave me excellent detailed instructions on just how to do it so all the credit goes to you my friend. I just wish mine looked half as good as yours does. My wife really likes your choice of burgundy & black colors blended together and I also have to give her credit for helping me out on this project because without her help it would not have been possible. [Smile]
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on July 30, 2013, 04:35 PM:
Thanks Roger. The beautiful thing about this hobby is that it never ends and there is always something you can see to do to make it better and more enjoyable for family and friends. It is an ongoing project. My screening room was started from scratch 9 years ago after a hurricane damaged our house, so I keep doing something to improve it whenever I feel like it, and whenever I think I have a good idea.Little touches really add up to create a great cinema feel. I now have it to the point where it is a daily joy to go in there and kick back and watch my kind of movies.
The best of luck with your own home cinema Roger, I am sure it will bring you endless joy.
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on July 30, 2013, 06:16 PM:
Looking really good guys! Thanks Akshay, I guess I'm in the netherworld!

Nice print of Trapper John...I have an episode in 16mm and it looks as stunning as yours. Good show.

I don't have to mess around with baffles because it's naturally dark all over in the netherworld.... [Razz]

Bill [Smile]
Posted by Akshay Nanjangud (Member # 2828) on July 30, 2013, 06:36 PM:
Ha ha .... Bill, I guess only your screening room is in th netherworld. Spare a though for me, my housing situation is a basement!
Posted by Dino Everette (Member # 1378) on January 05, 2014, 10:33 PM:
OK it doesn't look like much but technically I can officially now call my condo a screening room. My wife finally agreed to let me mount a permanent screen instead of me having to setup and teardown the tripod screen anytime I want to watch something. PLUS I got to go from a 6 foot to an 8 foot screen so i can now enjoyably watch scope films...Hmmmmm now what should I watch first.

Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on January 06, 2014, 12:08 AM:
Congrats Dino...That looks so nice [Smile]

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Posted by Michael O'Regan (Member # 938) on January 06, 2014, 12:36 PM:
Nice, Dino. I have a similar screen installed. I'm presuming that yours folds upward. Once collapsed they are totally unintrusive.
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on January 06, 2014, 01:13 PM:
So, nine-five film shows every evening now Dino? [Big Grin]
Posted by Dino Everette (Member # 1378) on January 07, 2014, 01:57 AM:
Michael yes it rolls up, and once I paint the metal brackets I used to fasten it to the ceiling it will blend right in when not in use...I am trying to convince my wife to let me install motorized masking but she is not going for it, maybe next year....And yes Paul the 9.5 will be alive!!!! [Big Grin]
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on January 07, 2014, 05:37 PM:
Nice set-up Dino way to go!

Since I got mine set up my wife is now complaining that I'm spending way too much time in my screening room and not giving her enough attention! [Frown]

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Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on January 07, 2014, 06:38 PM:
Roger.....that sounds familiar [Smile]
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on January 07, 2014, 07:20 PM:
Yeah Graham what's a guy to do? [Roll Eyes]
Posted by Dino Everette (Member # 1378) on January 08, 2014, 12:57 AM:
Graham and Roger - that's why God made Romantic comedies...My wife will always watch those with me...Even if they are old...
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on February 06, 2014, 12:27 PM:
Ok Dino thanks for the advise I will have to get a few of those to keep the wife happy! [Smile]
Posted by Adam Deierling (Member # 2307) on December 08, 2014, 08:01 PM:
I recently moved to a new house and had the oportunity to custom build a new theater room. Too many pictures to post here, but belw is a link tosee the construction. Enjoy!
Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on December 08, 2014, 10:01 PM:
Totally awesome Adam!!! You should be proud:)
Posted by Jason Gronn (Member # 3921) on December 09, 2014, 04:47 AM:
Nice set up Adam, enjoy
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on December 09, 2014, 09:56 AM:
That's a dream showroom to most us on here Adam and certainly for me!

How hard can it be to pick the right 6 numbers!! Ha ha.
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on December 20, 2014, 12:45 PM:
It's awesome Adam looks like you put a lot of hard work & effort into this project and the results are stunning! The private booth is a nice touch and I bet you really feel like you are at the movies now!
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on December 20, 2014, 01:31 PM:
Adam...that's brilliant, I like the idea of the curved screen and your VP matches in with the color of the ceiling.

You have done an amazing job and the colors look just great [Cool] ....well done [Smile]
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on December 20, 2014, 01:51 PM:
Waw ! I have just a screen on the wall, so I am very admirative.
Posted by Adam Deierling (Member # 2307) on December 20, 2014, 03:22 PM:
Thanks guys! It was really an awesome opportunity to create exactly what I wanted. Plus having a wife who lets you do this makes me feel like the luckiest guy in the world!
Posted by Ross Gibbs (Member # 2967) on February 02, 2015, 06:25 PM:
Some amazing screening rooms people have. Our climate here is Australia lends itself to an outdoor setting, I have set up our motorised 4.2m screen in our courtyard shooting from my studio/bio. I can run Super8, dirty digital, 16 and 35. On screen a little digital "Raiders" for my fencing club just before Christmas.


Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on February 02, 2015, 07:46 PM:
Ross...your setup is awesome! Thanks for the pics.
Posted by Zechariah Sporre (Member # 2358) on February 09, 2015, 08:36 PM:
My film shelf. Not all my films, but it is most of them.
My sister drew the picture of Laurel & Hardy for me [Smile]
Posted by Ronnie Lane (Member # 4714) on March 10, 2015, 10:31 PM:
Hey, atypical user here. College kid, living with my parents- just learned I'm addicted to film projection recently. My screening room is, well, my room. XD Thought I'd throw a little 'shabby' into the mix here. XD My screening room is, well, my room. I use my wall as a screen, and my stand's a side table on a footstool. My projector's a, far as I can tell, 'new' Sankyo Dualux 2000H. Found the projector in my grandparents' closet cleaning it out, with a 1982 receipt and all the packing materials. Hope to get a better setup soon, but figure I'll share for the sake of a little perspective.

Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on March 10, 2015, 10:53 PM:
Nice Ronnie....every person on here started just like you!

It is addictive [Smile]

Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on March 11, 2015, 06:18 AM:
Oh no Bill, you are wrong, in my case it was using far more humble equipment than this! [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Wink]

A Toy Casdon Standard 8mm Silent projector for my 6th Christmas
complete with 2 B/W silent 50ft excerpts. A whooping 6v lamp and 200ft reel capacity!!

Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on March 11, 2015, 11:02 AM:
ha ha...

That is a nice projector to start with but I was talking about equipment handed down and having the wall as a screen. Everyone starts somewhere.

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Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on March 11, 2015, 11:05 AM:
Quite right Sir, quite right [Smile]
Posted by Mark Silvester (Member # 929) on March 28, 2015, 04:18 AM:
Hi Andrew

I remember that projector in Kay's catalogue many years ago - always wanted one!

My first was a hand cranked that used b/w silent Disney clips...bought from a catalogue about projected a weak picture but was fun. I would say the clips where about 25ft long..back in the day for my family most things were bought on weekly payments from catalogues like Empire Stores or Kays's.. [Wink]
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on March 28, 2015, 07:06 AM:
Yep, that's how it was is our house circa 1976 Mark.
Dad was a printer and keen member of Sogat. Mum stayed at home bringing my Siser and I up and paying for an entire Christmas, including the food and booze hamper over 38wks!! Ha ha

Now who remembers Cherry Bs, Babycham and Egg Filp at Christmas in that era. [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Posted by Mark Silvester (Member # 929) on March 28, 2015, 07:26 AM:
Great times mate...especially poring over the winter edition of the stuff! [Smile]
Posted by John Fields (Member # 4490) on June 16, 2015, 04:09 PM:
My screening room is really just my bedroom...or living room..or wherever there is enough room to put up the screen, but I did finally get around to (somewhat) organizing my fledgling film collection.

Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on June 16, 2015, 05:38 PM:
Fabulous John, and looks a lot like my own arrangement for my films! [Big Grin]

It doesn't matter one jot how you enjoy em, just so long as you do! [Wink] [Razz]

That's still a nice sized collection BTW in my book.
Posted by John Fields (Member # 4490) on June 16, 2015, 09:15 PM:
Thanks Andrew. I agree. Enjoying them anyway I can [Big Grin]
Posted by Daniel Macarone (Member # 5102) on March 26, 2016, 01:58 PM:

Here's my contraption to deaden projector noise. My kitchen is my projection booth.

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Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on March 31, 2016, 11:27 AM:


Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on March 31, 2016, 11:47 AM:
Even more clever! [Wink] No Jacket Required!;f=1;t=010121# 000000
Posted by Kevin Hassall (Member # 2352) on March 31, 2016, 11:47 AM:
Would love to put pictures of my spare room with my collection in but I don't know how to put pictures on
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on March 31, 2016, 11:51 AM:
E mail it me Kevin and I will put it here if you like.
Posted by Daniel Macarone (Member # 5102) on April 04, 2016, 04:42 PM:
Hey Doug, thank you. Yes Andrew, that Bauer is quiet, but it's a lot of fun behind the wall, looking through a viewhole.


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Posted by Michael Lattavo (Member # 4280) on April 25, 2016, 07:34 PM:
Hello! Well, on a very tight budget, I managed to turn our unused basement into my new home theatre (/kid's playroom)! Initially sold the idea as a playroom for the kids, then it just kind of quickly evolved. Couldn't drywall myself (I can hardly operate a screwdriver), but did the best I could with the space on a tight budget. Mounted a pull-down scope screen with a regular screen in front of it (my wife hasn't noticed the scope screen yet).

I've posted pics on my facebook page if anyone is interested:

The kids love the new playroom, and Dad loves his new theatre!
Posted by Bill Brandenstein (Member # 892) on May 02, 2016, 10:56 PM:
Michael, we can't see your FB photos unless you friend us all, and would love it if you'd just put even one here.
Posted by Michael Lattavo (Member # 4280) on May 04, 2016, 08:44 AM:
Sorry, I thought I'd set that portion of facebook open to all.

My 3 year old and I took a break in the middle of the re-decorating process to watch a film...





My wife didn't want a screen showing at all times, so I went with ceiling-mounted pull-downs....

Small screen


Mounted just behind the small screen is the scope screen





Very excited to get this project done! Sorry if this is too many photos!
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on May 04, 2016, 09:26 AM:
Nice job Michael!

Too many photographs?...Impossible, no matter how many.

Everyone here loves to see all the photographs that are shared here, I know I certainly do anyhow!
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on May 04, 2016, 09:40 AM:
Looks really good Michael!

We should get together sometime and hang out...I live in Massillon.

Bill [Smile]
Posted by Michael Lattavo (Member # 4280) on May 04, 2016, 01:43 PM:
Thanks guys! My kids and I are down there almost every night, its great!

Yes, Bill, would love to meet up sometime - sent you a pm.
Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on May 04, 2016, 11:24 PM:
I love the photos Michael. Andrew is can never have enough pics. I like that you are displaying some of your projectors too....very nice!
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on February 16, 2017, 08:48 PM:
I'm still adding little touches to my screening room.
When I was a youngster living in the UK, most of the movies I saw were at the local cinema which was named the Windsor Kinema. I have always remembered that the Kinema had a dimly lit orange colored clock located along the top left side of the screen. That clock always seemed to provide some sort of unique ambience to the Kinema, so for some time now I have been seeking out a similar looking clock to mount in my little home cinema. Well I found one - at Wal Mart for $19.95! So yesterday I mounted it up alongside the screen, and illuminated it with a small LED night light. You can see it at the top left of the screen in this picture:


Now I can imagine that I am back at the Windsor Kinema when I watch my old classic movies!
Here is a video of my home cinema which is an updated version excerpted from Keith Wilton's Armchair Odeon's series of home cinema's:

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Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on March 04, 2017, 10:50 AM:

What a great screening room. I'm so jealous!

Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on March 04, 2017, 11:02 AM:
It's always looked the most classy from any I've seen within the home environment. It's a beautiful room Paul, it really is! 😊😊
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on March 04, 2017, 08:32 PM:
....And I'm so jealous of your 'Closet O' Films' Doug! [Smile]

Thanks Doug and Andrew for the nice comments. Much appreciated.
Posted by Paul Trigwell (Member # 4503) on August 17, 2017, 10:33 AM:
Great pics!!
Posted by Thomas Knappstein (Member # 6134) on November 07, 2017, 08:49 AM:
Here are some Photos of my little Home Cinema.
I can play Super8, Standard8, 35mm, BluRay and BluRay 3D.
Collecting Films since 1987.







Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on November 07, 2017, 09:39 AM:

What an amazing job you've done. Incredibly impressive!

Posted by Alan Rik (Member # 73) on November 23, 2017, 09:17 AM:
That is a semi pro setup. Do you maintain your machines yourself? The 35mm ones.
Posted by Thomas Knappstein (Member # 6134) on November 23, 2017, 09:25 AM:
The 35mm Machine is a mobile one from the 1940´s. The old Woodcover I changed to a new one in 1997 put a 400W Halogenlamp and Stereo Cells in. It runs very well over the last 20 Years.
Posted by Marc Servitje (Member # 6178) on November 27, 2017, 06:56 PM:
Thomas, your theater is awesome! Can I live there?
Posted by Dave Clevinger (Member # 6351) on February 23, 2018, 04:31 PM:
There are some very nice home theater build-outs on this thread.

Alas, my "theater" is pulling down a Da-Lite screen in my basement. Too much other stuff in the room to put in theater seating and other Cinema-esqe trappings. Its a hi-fi/ TV room mainly. About 22' X 12'

Maybe in our next house...?
Posted by Steven J Kirk (Member # 1135) on November 14, 2018, 10:30 PM:
Okay, so this Winter I want to make some screening room improvements with better blackout and masking at the screen end. This is the projection end. This is how I cluster together 16mm, Super 8 and Video on the centre line. This will be the permanent set up now so I can switch between formats on the fly...

Posted by Michael De Angelis (Member # 91) on November 14, 2018, 11:03 PM:

What brand of 16mm projector is in the picture and what is the film capacity of the machine?
Posted by Steven J Kirk (Member # 1135) on November 15, 2018, 09:11 AM:
The 16mm machine pictured is the Elmo LX2200 pedestal machine. It takes large capacity spools that are either 5000 or 6000 feet. I haven't tried a load that big yet. I have large Eiki spools that are unmarked for length but I believe are 5000. The machine produces great pictures but I have had to have two PCBs in it refurbished recently at some cost to get all the functions back. Now it is fully functional so I'm inspired to make further improvements to the room!
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on November 24, 2018, 12:54 PM:
My Grandson and I recently completed his own home theater room:


The screen is 96 ins wide x 48 ins high

The digital projector is an Epson 3100, which gives a superb picture, and is capable of 3D projection.
The 5.1 surround sytem includes a Yamaha RX-V383 A/V receiver, three front Sony Core speakers, and two rear channel Bose surround speakers, and a Sony active subwoofer.

He has done a great job with wall cinema art.



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