|THE DP70 NEWS|
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|THE DP70 WEB SITE|
|The web site is in three parts: a simple story about the the DP70 / Universal 70-35 Projector / Norelco AA11 machine and several lists of cinemas and serial numbers.|
DP70s collected until now (to be updated):
592 Serial Numbers
|0600-2729 - see many numbers and where they are|
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Algeria | Argentina | Australia | Austria | Belgium | Brazil | Canada | Chile | China | Denmark | England | Finland | France | Germany | Holland | Hong Kong | Iceland | Iraq | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Jamaica | Japan | Lebanon | Mexico | New Zealand | Malaya | Malta | Morocco | Northern Ireland | Norway | Philippines | Portugal | Rumania | Russia | Scotland | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | South Africa | Thailand | Tunis | USA | Venezuela | Vietnam
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Present location (Cinema or private)
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|RECENTLY ADDED NUMBERS AND MACHINES|
| Boston Light and Sound working on 2085, 2158, 2411, 739, 1377, 627|
Rosbeek Cinema installed 1705 in Filmhuis the Haque, Holland
Update on 887, 888, 2309, 2329 & 2401 in Australia
Machines #1384 & #1408 back at work in NY
Machines 1774 & 1875 from Sweden are junked
2366 in Switzerland
1466 + 1469 in Australia
864 + 869 with Stephen Rowley, UK
651 + 652 now with Tim Burke
1920 + 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts
1492 + 1493 in Germany
New images from Marocco and Oklahoma
2006 + 2007 added from Morocco
1984 + 1989 added
New image from Switzerland and Africa
New image of DP70 2125
2304 moved to Bob Leader
880+881 from Warner (DC), are scrapped
2311+2312 moved to the Academy, California (CA)
1352 is a now a museum exhibit in England
1513 was taken to the scrap dealer in April 2013
1960+1967 added to the list of DP70s in Virginia (VA)
2171 moved to new home in Denmark
| Wonderful stuff on the DP70s site where do you find the time?!! Jim Slater, Cinema Technology, England|
It's a great job you'v done! My compliments. Keep on! Best regards, Volker Hannemann, Germany
Very interesting website as I just have been looking it over. Bill Dubiel, USA
Hi, Enjoyed your wide-screen site very much. Charles Slater, Australia
Congratulations for all what you do in favour of DP70. I am a fan of these machines. Best Regards, Gerard Cortιs, Spain.
| Your web site? YEAHHH, STILL GREAT !!!! Best regards, Luc, France|
Just a quick note to congratulate you on your excellent website in respect of the Philips DP70, projector a machine I worked with for a few years at the Queens Theatre in Newcastle On Tyne. U.K. Neil Thomson, Odeon Cinemas, Newcastle, England
DP70 - A MASTERPIECE
I think DP70s are a sight to behold in their own right and were the most visionary piece of engineering imaginable. Trevor Wilson, Australia
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|BUILDING THE DP70|
|Construction of the Philips All Purpose projector DP70|
By Philips Cinema, a division of Philips Electro Acoustics division (ELA), Eindhoven, Holland
The Cinema Department of the Philips works in Eindhoven (Netherlands) were asked to develop a special projector which had to be suitable for running 70mm films with magnetic sound tracks and which after replacement of some easily removable parts could be made suitable rapidly for the reproduction of 35mm films with optical sound track and of CinemaScope films with four magnetic sound tracks.
|Jan Jacob Kotte|
By Anton P Kotte
Philips is known all over the world for electrical shavers, food processors, consumer electronics and a "millon" other things. Little known today perhaps is that Philips was a leading company in manufacturing a series of outstanding motion picture projectors.
|A Brief History of Philips Cinema|
By C. G. Nijsen
The Philips Light bulb factory was founded in 1891 by Gerard Philips and Dr. Anton Philips. When the "Philips" brand became so successful, they decided to enlarge their scope from lamps only to everything electrical or electronic.
|PHILIPS EQUIPMENT for picture projection and sound reproduction of TODDA.O. 70mm FILM|
By W. J. M. Jansen
The purpose of this paper is to explain the design of the Philips projector for the Todd-AO system. Change-over from 35mm. to 70mm. projection, and vice versa, should only take a few minutes to allow of both types of film being shown in the same performance.
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|OSCAR FOR DP70|
|On Monday April 8, 1963 Fred J Pfeiff, technical manager of the motion picture equipment department of Norelco (North American Philips), received the 1962 Class 2 Oscar plaque for:|
"The design and engineering of the Norelco Universal 70/35mm motion picture projector".
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|DP70 BROCHURE AND PRICE|
| PDF: The Philips Multi-Purpose Todd-AO Projector (DP70)|
PDF: Philips Cinema Equipment News
Three DP70 Brochures
PDF: North American DP70 brochure
PDF: Norelco AAII Universal 70-35 Projector
PDF: European DP70 Brochure
PDF: British Kinematograph - Philips DP70 (PDF)
Norelco AAII / DP70 Theatre List (PDF)
Original 1957 DP70 invoice:
Haus Savoy, Hamburg 1957
Haus Savoy, Hamburg, Rechnung April 1957
Haus Savoy, Hamburg, Rechnung December 1957
|The Long Story of the DP70|
By Thomas Hauerslev
The birth of the DP70 projector dates back to October 1952 and the beginning of Todd-AO. The Todd-AO projector. The famous and time proven 70mm film projector developed by Philips in Holland in 1953/54. Headed by Philips Cinemas chief designer Mr. Jan Jacob Kotte Philips Electro Acoustics division (ELA) was asked to manufacture a multi purpose projector suitable for all 70mm and 35mm formats. The DP70 was a remarkable 70mm projector.
|DP70: A Story of the Todd-AO Projector|
By Thomas Hauerslev
Today, when most cinemas have converted to digital presentations, there is less need for the DP70 or any other film projector and most of the machines are now redundant, with notable exceptions such as the Schauburg, and other 70mm venues.
|DP70: Die Geschichte des Todd-AO Projektors|
Von Thomas Hauerslev
Heute haben die meisten Kinos auf digitale Vorfόhrverfahren umgestellt und der DP70 wird - wie auch alle anderen Filmprojektoren - nur noch selten benφtigt. In den meisten Kinos haben sie nun ausgedient, es gibt jedoch ein paar rόhmliche Ausnahmen wie etwa die Schauburg oder andere 70mm-Kinos.
|70mm film projection lenses for the DP70|
The Todd-AO system requires a very large optical system. The size of this system determines that of the lens holder. The lens is focused by means of the knob underneath the carriage over which the entire lens holder slides during focusing; this adjustment is free of any play. Special attention has been paid to the precision of this adjustment, since either a too fine or a too coarse adjustment may render focusing difficult.
|UPDATES FOR DP70|
|A new film gate for the DP70 projector|
By Emmy Rosbeek
We have some news about the DP70 projector: We made a new film gate for this projector.
RED-LED reverse scanner
Photo mask by Todd-AO
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|About the DP70 Web Site|
By Thomas Hauerslev
This is a labour of love - and a fair amount of insanity. The history of one of the most remarkable film projectors; the DP70 Todd-AO projector. In 1982, as a teenager, I started my film-life as a projectionist apprentice at the 3 Falke Bio, my favourite cinema which was "purpose built" for Todd-AO in 1958. My new interest became the history of the Philips DP70 projector. I was intrigued and wondered "Why did the DP70 receive an OSCAR and what was Todd-AO?".