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THE DP70 NEWS

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DP70 / The Todd-AO Projector News

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):

44 countries
592 Serial Numbers
1073 Theatres

SERIAL NUMBERS
0600-2729 - see many numbers and where they are

COUNTRY
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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

ASSISTANCE  NEEDED
Please send the following DP70 information to the editor:

• Serial number
• Present location (Cinema or private)
• City
• Country
• A picture(s)

• Go to All those who have helped finding DP70s


RECENTLY ADDED NUMBERS AND MACHINES
• 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
 

TESTIMONIALS
• 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 Cortés, 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 TODD—A.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.

• Go to Der Projector DP70 (PDF)

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".
 

DP70 ADVERTISING

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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)
Theatre Lists
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 Vorführverfahren umgestellt und der DP70 wird - wie auch alle anderen Filmprojektoren - nur noch selten benötigt. In den meisten Kinos haben sie nun ausgedient, es gibt jedoch ein paar rühmliche Ausnahmen wie etwa die Schauburg oder andere 70mm-Kinos.

DP70 PROJECTION
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
Reverse scanner
Cinefocus
Photo mask by Todd-AO

• Go to DP70s in Denmark

ABOUT
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?".
 

Online: 02-06-1999. Updated: 19-02-2017