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Kalee Invicta restoration

In Rewind issue 170 Harry Rigby gives an account of his experiences with his home installation of a pair of Invictas. Back in 2012 the PPT restored a Kalee Invicta and this was the finished result.

Kalee Invicta

 

And this is how it started:

Invicta

 

The Projector Man

Jim Schultz

The late Jim Schultz is interviewed by the late Brian Megson in this video.

Charles Morris writes:

Jim Schultz, a cinema engineer of high repute, died in hospital in Leeds on 29 May; he was 92. A lot of exhibitors up and down the country (and indeed abroad) will have known him and, like myself, will have had cause to be grateful to him.

 

3 Falke Bio, Copenhagen

In the next issue of Rewind, to be published in June, Thomas Hauerslev gives an account of the 3 Falke Bio cinema in Copenhagen. As a trailer here are two posters of South Pacific, one of many 70mm films to play there.

Peter Tipping

Peter Tipping

It is with great sadness that we must tell you that Peter Tipping passed away on Wednesday 7 April. He was a long time PPT committee member, and always promoted the trust with his many talks. For many years, he kept the flag flying for the PPT at the Milton Keynes Heritage Centre.

An appreciation of Peter Tipping

Peter Allen

I first met Peter while working with him at Bletchley Park, Peter gave much of his time not only working on Wednesdays doing restoration work but also manning the cinema with Ken Draper and other members at the weekend. Many members may also remember him from AGMs where he would supply refreshments always arriving with an electric urn and food; he was assisted by Joan Draper. Peter had a great love for the movies and movie theatres since his early teens, he had family in Leeds and knew many of the theatres in that area. Peter was a keen woodworker and much enjoyed doing maintenance in the cinema and narrow gauge room at Bletchley Park.

Peter had another project, which he was actively engaged in, namely The Milton Keynes Museum. He created a wonderful cinema façade; on stepping into this he had made a projection box and a mini museum all in a space of about 20x 8 feet. The 35 mm projector was a BTH, one of a pair rescued from the disused brickworks at Marston Moretaine near Bedford. There was a shelf on the far wall that allowed him to project via a porthole onto a screen into a chapel which was again made with rescued parts from a building in nearby Wolverton. He used the ever reliable Eiki Elf projector which gave a good clear picture. He tried, where ever possible, to find films appropriate to any themed weekends that the museum was running. Later, he also added a digital projector. Digital projectors having such short focal length lenses meant that he got a bright picture about 8 foot wide which was more than adequate for the venue. Peter also had a shop window full of old radios which were displayed in the mock high street at the museum.

Heritage days were also organized by Peter and these were often over four days at the museum and two days at other venues, requiring a fair amount of time in preparation and the moving about of a lot of kit.
He also gave many talks to local organisations about the PPT and accompanied these with a film show and this raised donations for the trust.

Peter was involved in many organisations; he had a fine singing voice and would often go to old people’s homes and give concerts and sing Christmas carols with other members of his group.

On a personal note, while I was in hospital for many months Peter would often come in and see me, it was very sad not to be able to do the same for him in these very difficult times. He leaves a wife Barbara and two children.

Brian Megson

Charles Morris has informed us that Brian Megson, who interviewed Jim Schultz in the video shown on this page, died on 17 December 2020. His funeral was held on 14 January at Cottingley Hall Crematorium, Leeds.

Below, Brian is shown with Jim Schultz receiving the BKSTS Frank Littlejohns Award for ‘outstanding work in the art and craft of cinema projection.’

An appreciation is published in the March edition of Rewind which can be viewed in the Members' zone.

Peter Lee

Peter Lee

Peter Lee with his wife Sally being thanked for the use of the model of the Regal Leamington Spa (on the left) by former PPT Treasurer Brian Phillips.

Gary Stevens writes:

It is with much sadness that I report the death of Leamington Spa model maker Peter Lee who passed away on 3 March 2021 at the age of 95. Peter known for his perfect replication of the Regal Cinema in Leamington Spa, also built further models of the cinema as it progressed to the Apollo Cinema.

I only have fond memories of Peter who throughout his life cared for the history of the Cinema in Leamington Spa, by preserving the model in this way.  He was a true gentleman, one of a kind. I will certainly miss his wisdom, his passion and the time he took to always chat with me on a Sunday over so many things but always our conversations would flip back to Cinema at some point,  RIP.

Peter is survived by wife Sally.
I have included the link from a more in-depth news story that featured Peter in Leamington History from 2014.
https://leamingtonhistory.co.uk/model-citizens/

Who's that Guy?

The Sometimes ‘Knightmare` Life of an Unknown Actor - By Marcus James Heslop - Reviewed by David Edwards

Marcus James Heslop is a film fanatic with a great passion for film that is superbly displayed in this his first book and very aptly titled WHO’S THAT GUY?

One might first think it very strange that the author should choose to write a book about an unknown actor, but Guy Standeven was a unique and very rare performer who probably never received the recognition he deserved. As an agent who gave Guy hundreds of jobs and bookings over many years, I can honestly say that Guy was so modest that he would never have expected popular recognition and probably would have been a bit embarrassed by it as he certainly never expected or sought fame. He might well have felt amazed by this book where someone should show such interest, but perhaps he might also have felt some inner pride without displaying any outgoing reaction or emotion. This book gives readers a great insight into Guy’s stage parts, TV appearances and of course his film work with each section so thoroughly researched with immense love and passion. Guy’s radio credits are also covered along with many narration credits. You will also discover many well merited complimentary comments from several assistant directors and production personnel along with some fascinating tales from fellow co-workers and other agents. Some of those co-workers are actors and some fellow extras (crowd artistes) as Guy was able to blend his work between acting and crowd work and that made Guy extremely unique. His film credits started in 1952 and go up to 1998 and his TV work began in 1956 and went up to 1998. His theatre credits started in 1944 and his last recorded stage play was in 1974. Guy also had numerous radio credits as well as being an excellent voice over performer and narrator with his glorious smooth, relaxing and comforting voice.

The book also nicely recalls some memories of Guy’s private life from his long -term partner Felicity, where I found this most interesting as I knew little of his personal life. It is certainly well worth delving into even though the name Guy Standeven will mean little to many members as it is charming, funny, entertaining and most informative. One could look at Guy with his pipe in mouth and see a very contented man at peace with the world and was a lovely image that truly reflected his persona. I must also give immense credit to Marcus when originally setting out to spot and identify Guy and other performers in TV and films as in some cases if you blink one can miss someone. For me working in the industry it was partly my job to look at performers, but for Marcus it must have been extremely difficult when first setting out on his quest in preparing the book. So, I would certainly recommend Who’s That Guy? as Marcus has delivered an extremely good read and I am sure that readers will get a great deal of pleasure when learning about the little-known Guy Standeven. In future you might well find yourself saying ‘that’s Guy there!`instead of asking the question ‘Who’s That Guy?`

Nanny (episode The Love Child, 1982) as Hopkins the butler. Pictured with Jane Booker as Lady Charlotte Sommerville.

The book cover.

Guy in 1973, pictured on holiday.

Guy in The Road to Hong Kong (1962) opposite Joan Collins.

Guy in The Avengers (1998).

Guy as Blandford in a Public Eye episode The Windsor Royal (1973)

The book is available from Amazon for £14.99.

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Spot-the-box

Dion Hanson writes

Often when researching Precious images for the series in Rewind I come across lots of pictures of projection rooms that have no indication of their location and so I do not use them. Consequently, we now have a page on the website where many of these ‘lost boxes’ will be reproduced. If you do recognise any then please let us know so we can correctly catalogue them in the archive.

 

Those were the days

Johan C.M. Wolthuis looks back over the years of his fascination with widescreen.

 

Porgy and Bess

 

Cinerama and other Widescreen systems

widescreen history

Johan C.M. Wolthuis has published a range of books on the widescreen processes and a special offer can be found her.

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Good home required

A message from Bruce Logan
 
I have inherited an old 8mm film projector and some kit for splicing and joining film. Can anyone offer a good home?

bruce.logan101@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Rewind specials

These specials are versions of our Rewind magazine covering selected subjects produced for online viewing.

montage

 

Cinemeccanica Vic 8 on display at Elstree University Technical College

Another projector is now on display at EUTC thanks to Bob Mandry and Chris Woollard, and some help from our friends at Bell Theatre Services. This Vic 8 is ex Odeon Leicester Square with a smaller lamphouse, as when used by the PPT at Bletchley Park.

David A Ellis

David has written a number of articles for the website and Rewind magazine. All the website articles are now on their own page.

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