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Entries Tagged as 'Cinema Oddities'

Cinema Oddities: Double Movie

December 12th, 2013 Comments Off on Cinema Oddities: Double Movie

From 1939, this peculiar invention split images on screen, via a rotating shutter disk, which alternated between an opening and mirror; the opening projecting a frame of film in a traditional fashion, the mirror reflecting a frame to a moveable secondary mirror and on to a specific area of the screen (controlled by the projectionist). […]


A Shrine To The Other Hollywood

March 14th, 2013 Comments Off on A Shrine To The Other Hollywood

The celebrity prints immortalized at Grauman’s Chinese have been a Hollywood landmark and “must see” tourist stop for nearly a century. However, unbeknownst to most, the Chinese isn’t the only theatre in Hollywood where notables have left their mark in concrete. A little over a mile away, there stands another collection of forecourt prints, which […]


Cinema Oddities: Extreme Film Immersion

April 29th, 2012 Comments Off on Cinema Oddities: Extreme Film Immersion

Pictured below is the Anthology Film Archives’ “Invisible Cinema”, circa early 1970’s. Designed by the Avant Garde filmmaker/preservationist, Peter Kubelka, the concept featured stadium style seating and isolation barriers around each patron. Adding to the immersive experience, the auditorium was painted jet black and devoid of lighting; relying on a spotlight being cast on screen […]


Cinema Oddity: The Traveling Theatre

September 14th, 2011 Comments Off on Cinema Oddity: The Traveling Theatre

Today’s oddity comes from a 1938 edition of “Popular Mechanics”. This unique idea involved converting a fifty-five foot commercial truck trailer in to a traveling theatre, as a way to bring movies to rural communities. The “World’s First Traveling Theatre” sat sixty people, had a fully functional projection booth, and even featured a small stage […]


Adult Refreshment

September 2nd, 2009 Comments Off on Adult Refreshment

One likely doesn’t think of concessions, when the, long defunct, Pussycat adult theatre chain is brought up. However, as with it’s mainstream counterparts, there were concession stands in use at Pussycat venues and they even had branded merchandise. While I’m sure there was some activity at the stand, especially during the “porno chic” era, I can’t imagine there were […]


Failed & Forgotten Concession Novelty

August 4th, 2009 Comments Off on Failed & Forgotten Concession Novelty

Back in 1939, inventor Aston Moore proposed a new popcorn container for moviegoers, which added the convenience of a built in napkin dispenser. Similar to a cereal box, the cardboard container was lined with a wax paper bag for the popcorn; the napkin was housed below the bag and accessed via a small slit in the box. There is no evidence […]