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Mike Law
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From: Sacramento, CA
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 - posted July 13, 2004 10:00 PM      Profile for Mike Law   Email Mike Law         Edit/Delete Post 
Simple enough question... I'm sure that there are several of them still out there. Can you name a few??? Xenon conversions don't count.

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The Evil Sam Graham
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 - posted July 14, 2004 06:33 PM      Profile for The Evil Sam Graham   Author's Homepage   Email The Evil Sam Graham         Edit/Delete Post 
The Macon (MO) Drive-In was still using carbon arcs until the screen blew down this year. Changeovers every reel too.

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Daryl C. W. O'Shea
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From: Midland, Ontario, Canada
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 - posted July 14, 2004 10:10 PM      Profile for Daryl C. W. O'Shea   Email Daryl C. W. O'Shea         Edit/Delete Post 
The Oxford Drive-In Theatre, in Oxford County (Woodstock), Ontario still uses carbons (currently National Carbons) and motor generators.

It's listed as Cinematour #418 on the bottom of this page, under Woodstock, Ontario.

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Scott Norwood
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 - posted July 15, 2004 07:16 AM      Profile for Scott Norwood   Author's Homepage   Email Scott Norwood         Edit/Delete Post 
Cape Cinema (Dennis, MA.)
Avon Cinema (Providence, RI.)

I can confirm these two.

Also, the Wellfleet DI (Wellfleet, MA.) and Fork Union DI (Fork Union, VA.) were running carbon until very recently and probably still are.

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Chris Markiewicz
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 - posted July 17, 2004 01:24 PM      Profile for Chris Markiewicz   Email Chris Markiewicz         Edit/Delete Post 
The Palace in Hilo, Hawaii runs a pair of Ashcraft Suprex arcs on Motiograph pedestals, Simplex E-7s and RCA soundheads with reverse-scan red LEDs. The sound is a CP-55 and SRA-5 with BGW amps.

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Michael Kuropas
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 - posted August 25, 2004 12:57 PM      Profile for Michael Kuropas   Email Michael Kuropas         Edit/Delete Post 
The Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb, IL is still using them.

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Mike Olpin
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 - posted August 25, 2004 04:50 PM      Profile for Mike Olpin   Author's Homepage   Email Mike Olpin         Edit/Delete Post 
The Ken in San Diego.

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Joseph Pfeiffer Jr
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 - posted September 19, 2004 08:20 PM      Profile for Joseph Pfeiffer Jr   Email Joseph Pfeiffer Jr         Edit/Delete Post 
The CAPITOL THEATRE in Rome New York - uses carbon arc - variable speed - 1928 Moller Organ for silent movies. # 7828

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Ken Layton
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 - posted October 29, 2004 10:14 PM      Profile for Ken Layton   Email Ken Layton         Edit/Delete Post 
Elma Theatre in Elma, Wash. still uses carbon arc and 20 minute reels.

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Chad Hauris
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 - posted November 09, 2004 05:06 PM      Profile for Chad Hauris   Author's Homepage   Email Chad Hauris         Edit/Delete Post 
The Pecos Theatre in Santa Rosa, New Mexico is still using Carbon arc, changeovers, and a tube type sound system.

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Adrien Larochelle
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 - posted February 02, 2005 05:14 PM      Profile for Adrien Larochelle   Email Adrien Larochelle         Edit/Delete Post 
my name is adrien. my grandama owned a theater in gravelbourg, for 25 years. I worked there my whole life, growing up as a kid. In my later years, going through high school, I ran the projectors. I ran them for a little over 4 years, the whole time as carbon arc. They still are carbon arc, and my brother was running them. They stoped running movies, beacause it was loosing money. My grandma had sold it in 2000, and its had a had time staying open ever since. Hopefully one day they start it back up again. when i first started running the projectors, we were running the orignal ones. from when the theater first opened. A year after I started, i helped my uncle install some newer ones. Which we got from the moose jaw air base. they were in mint condtion, they hadnen't been used for over 20 years. When we got them in, and all tweaked up, i could walk downstares, and i wasnt scared to leav the machine for 5-10 min. But the old ones would burn out, in the time i would set up the other projector. So anyway thats my experince, and i would do it again, in a heart beat.

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John McDowell
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 - posted March 19, 2005 07:34 PM      Profile for John McDowell   Email John McDowell         Edit/Delete Post 
I thought I had read that the Redford (Detroit area) was still using carbon arcs.
A visit to their web site confirms this. They've got Ashcraft lamps along with Norelco 35/70 machines from the old Summit Cinerama downtown.

[ March 20, 2005, 04:24 PM: Message edited by: John McDowell ]

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John McDowell
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 - posted March 20, 2005 04:28 PM      Profile for John McDowell   Email John McDowell         Edit/Delete Post 
Also, I was wondering if anyone has a reasonably priced source for carbons?
I removed one projector/lamphouse from the theatre I worked at in the '60s and '70s. It doesn't get much use, but at some point I will need a source for 8mm x 14" positives and 7mm x 9" negatives. Anything on the net?
Thanks.
I'm planning on checking out a small town theatre about 40 miles from me. It's a downtown single screen. Maybe they're still running carbon arc.

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Ken Layton
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 - posted March 22, 2005 10:16 PM      Profile for Ken Layton   Email Ken Layton         Edit/Delete Post 
For carbons try Cinema Equipment (www.cinemaequip.com) at 1-800-759-5905. Also try www.cinemacarbons.com

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