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Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on January 14, 2015, 02:37 PM:
I’m a big fan of daysets. Putting “Welcome to the Theater” shorts along with concession ads and coming attractions at the start of the show add a lot to a screening. This Sony/National Amusements opener is very enjoyable.


Our Claymation host pops out of a bucket of popcorn to welcome us to “the wonderful world of motion picture magic.” He attempts to continue his presentation, however the audience is chattering away. His head turns into a bullhorn that implores the patrons to stop talking. The bullhorn is then replaced by fumes coming out of his neck to remind us not to smoke. He conjures up a picture frame asking us to enjoy “the exhibit in our lobby art gallery(!)” and notes that the theater is available for rental on special occasions. Fireworks and balloons pop out from the top of his head. He becomes a gift box to make the point that theater gift certificates make fine presents. Before the feature presentation starts we are asked to enjoy the previews of coming attractions.


Black leader follows (insert first trailer here). He returns saying “You’ve seen what’s coming, now let’s see what else is playing at this complex.” A short bit of leader (splice second trailer here), and our presenter tells us “And now, Ladies & Gents, it’s showtime! Come with me into the world of celluloid magic. Come enjoy the mystery, the romance, the horror, and the humor…” all while various objects and creatures pop out from everywhere and fill the screen. The exhausted host says “Enjoy the show!” and promptly faints. Fade out.

Running time is 1:40. The letterboxed print is sharp with good color & mono sound.
Available from The Reel Image, $28.50.

Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on January 14, 2015, 05:47 PM:
Sounds nice. I like daysets, too.
Posted by Clay Smith (Member # 4122) on January 14, 2015, 06:00 PM:
This is great, l may have to get one. Love theatre inserts and the like. Also a big fan of claymation (yes, I know). - Clay
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on January 14, 2015, 07:23 PM:
It's a film project ready to go: you grab a couple of trailers, your splicer and this reel and you can make a nice opening reel.

I'm going to go through what I have and see if I can do something with this.
Posted by Jason Gronn (Member # 3921) on January 14, 2015, 09:52 PM:
I got this one from RI a couple of months ago and can say it's a great little reel and top quality.
Posted by Guy Taylor, Jr. (Member # 786) on January 15, 2015, 09:15 AM:
Picked this one up from Reel Images as well. These are a lot of fun.

I would really like to see the old General Cinema daysets from the 1970s released. That is one I remember so well as a kid.
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on January 15, 2015, 10:26 AM:
I'd love to have Drive-In Theater day sets in Super-8, like the kind Wayne Tuell does in 16mm.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on January 15, 2015, 11:07 AM:
Steve, I didn't know Wayne Tuell, so I searched on the net but it seems they are no longer in business. Sad new...
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on January 15, 2015, 11:22 AM:
Hi Dominique,

Did you find this page?:

16mm Drive-in Films
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on January 15, 2015, 12:16 PM:
Steve, I first ended (or should I say started ?) on this message : "After 14 years of serving the Drive-in theater community, and the Home hobby, we are retiring from the 16mm,35mm film business. Thanks to all who have supported this business. It has been a labor of love for the Drive-in for us
and a pleasure dealing with all in the past. If interested in any of our many thousands of feet of 16mm and 35mm film negatives for sale, please contact us using the e-mail link or phone number below." So I don't know what to think.
Posted by Osi Osgood (Member # 424) on January 15, 2015, 12:36 PM:
Wonderful review (complete with screenshots), I enjoyed it a lot!
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on January 15, 2015, 12:38 PM:

I hadn't seen that!

Let's hope these negatives fall into kind hands.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on January 15, 2015, 12:47 PM:
Yes, Steve, if someone could use them to release films, that would be wonderful.
Posted by Adrian Winchester (Member # 248) on January 15, 2015, 10:26 PM:
Doug - thanks for this review, it looks a great release. It's a must for me because I genuinely use this sort of item to try and quieten one or too rather too talkative people who come to my shows! Judging for the nice colour, I suppose this is polyester?

Once again, it's nice to see this forum promoting new releases and thereby helping to make them viable.
Posted by David Ollerearnshaw (Member # 3296) on January 16, 2015, 02:10 AM:
This could be the link to Wayne Tuell
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on January 16, 2015, 02:21 AM:
David, your link is the same as Steve's one and, indeed, there is still an Internet site but there is also a message (see one of my posts above) that says that they are retiring from the 16 and 35mm business. If you look at the 16mm titles they have, you will see that, except for one of them, they are all sold out.
Posted by David Ollerearnshaw (Member # 3296) on January 16, 2015, 04:04 AM:
Dominique I think the original address was on the page is a link to another site

They are a few titles for sale.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on January 16, 2015, 04:27 AM:
I guess the only way to know for sure is to send them an e-mail as there is no direct sales from the website. A message says : "At least through the end of summer, all sales will be done through ebay." but the EBay link ends on an empty page, so the Summer mentionned is obviousely not the 2015's one. It may be a remaining page (like the Derann's pages left on the Net). Has anyone bought recently a 16mm from them ?
Posted by Terry Lagler (Member # 1110) on January 16, 2015, 12:25 PM:
I received a new drive in snip from Wayne through Ebay about a week ago. is Waynes site not sure about the other as it is based out of another state.

Although Wayne has no current auctions he had bunch of January 11th completed listings.


ps all the clips I've bought from him have been great and his service is top notch too.
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on January 16, 2015, 12:40 PM:
-one of the reasons I keep hearing the call to 16mm on the winds!

I love drive-in theaters and would certainly buy these if I could!

Keep it simple! Don't have room! -must resist! (-at least for now...)

(Won't last...)
Posted by Terry Lagler (Member # 1110) on January 16, 2015, 01:17 PM:
I used them in last summers outdoor show between trailers and featurettes. They got a great response. I'm sooo looking forward to using my "Lets All Go To The Lobby" snip this year.

Posted by David Ollerearnshaw (Member # 3296) on January 16, 2015, 02:31 PM:
I think this is the original Drive-In on e-bay. They list quite a few negatives for sale.
Posted by Mark Mander (Member # 340) on February 05, 2015, 10:50 AM:
My print of this title arrived today from The Reel Image, looking forward to viewing it later, enjoyed the review so ordered one, well done Doug, Mark
Posted by Zechariah Sporre (Member # 2358) on February 09, 2015, 05:27 PM:
Thanks for the great review Doug. I think I shall order one of these from The Reel Image.
Posted by Wayne Tuell (Member # 1689) on May 13, 2015, 06:01 PM:
From recent emails I was asked to dig up this old topic. NO we are not going out of business. I have never really been in "business" since my costs basically only cover costs to print the 16mm films for collectors. It has always been a labor of love for the hobby, plain and simple.

I haven't been around the forums due to my day job keeping me extremely busy the last couple of fact I am leaving town for another huge project in the morning.

The gets a LOT of people confused, yet Derek still keeps that link up...nothing I can do about it.

MY sales mostly go through ebay for several reasons. The biggest is I am rarely home except on weekends so ending auctions on weekends makes it easy. AND with their invoice system, my wife or kids can handle all shipping with a click of the mouse and a little printing.

At one point I did offer let someone else take over, but those who inquired were only looking for a high salary job with no equity involved.

In fact, just to add a little...I am so far away from ending new film prints, I just had a new Pussycat Theater Feature Presentation reduction made just a few months ago. Not to mention the hundreds of other snipes/trailers that I have on hand right now.

IF there is any interest, just keep in mind I am only home mostly on weekends and I can only fill orders or answer messages when I'm home. AND please keep in mind, only certain items I have multiple copies of at any given time. MOST items I only get one copy printed at a time because I only run the negative elements one time during a print run at the lab.

Click the link in my signature line and it WILL take you to the CORRECT website for viewing. [Smile]
Posted by Eberhard Nuffer (Member # 410) on May 14, 2015, 07:47 AM:
Hi Wayne,

nice to hear that "16mm-Drive-in-Films" is alive and well. The clips I bought from you are always highly appreciated by my film show audience.
We will publish a note in the forthcoming issue of "Cine 8-16" to make sure that the mis-information on the forum is not confusing our readers.


Posted by Osi Osgood (Member # 424) on May 16, 2015, 01:50 PM:
Wayne, I know that you have been doing the 16MM thing for years, (and the collectors love you for it!), but you might, even at this later date, think about potentially doing some super 8 releases from your 35MM or 16MM prints as, there is still a market for them, as Steve and Phil are still happily chugging them out, (even brand new digests and features!)

It's just a thought Wayne. [Smile]
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on May 16, 2015, 03:47 PM:
I, for one, will only ever be interested in Super 8mm films and judging by prices of the best out there on the gauge versus the same on 16mm, I would say there will ALWAYS be a market out there for the foreseeable future for any new quality Super 8mm releases so long as the magnetic stripe and quality control measures at the lab stage are A1.
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on May 16, 2015, 05:33 PM:
He did ask:

Super-8 Intermissions

I'll have to say if I ever do wind up going into 16mm, the shorts that Wayne sells will definitely be one reason.

I'd have to have this one:

Is there a SPY in the house?

It's one of the most astounding leaps of logic I've ever seen put on film!

As far as the film in this review: I've had mine a couple of months and after seeing Doug's version of it at CineSea, I'm finally doing something about it. I screened it the other night and then leaving the projector at the same settings I ran a number of letterboxed trailers after it to see whish were close matches in framing and audio level. So far we have "Cars", "Star Trek: Insurrection", "Finding Nemo" and "Robots".
Posted by Wayne Tuell (Member # 1689) on May 20, 2015, 10:38 PM:
Replied to the tread Steve referenced. With interest vs. cost so far apart with today's prices, I won't be having the work done for S8mm intermissions.

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