Interview With Projectionist Hans Braman, Royal,
This article first appeared in
The 70mm Newsletter
Issue 46 - September 1996
"Hasse" Braman as seen Saturday 16. March 2013.
The interview took place in the projection
room of the Royal cinema in Malmö, Sweden Monday 3 June 1996 during the
70mm performance of "The Great Race". You have to imagine a
lot of back ground noise from the 70mm projectors during the interview.
The 70mm Newsletter Question: How many years have you worked as a
Hans Braman Answer: 43 (forty three) years and the past 11 years I have been
here at Royal.
Q: How many projectionists are employed here at this cinema?
A: Only two. My colleague works only 4 nights per month and I do the rest of
Q: How many 70mm films have you shown over the years?
A: Only two prints actually; "Batman" and "The
Further in 70mm reading:
70mm Print Review
Todd-AO Day in Sweden
Hasse in 1996
Q: What is it like to shown 120 reels of 70mm during this festival?
A: It is very hard work running reel-to-reel. It is lovely though, as I
never really had the opportunity to run 70mm prints, mostly 35mm. And in the
old days there were only very few 70mm prints shown in Malmö in three 70mm
houses: Scania, Royal and Palladium.
Q: Who owns the 70mm prints?
A: They all come from the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm. They keep
them in some kind of freezer. They have a lot of prints, but they miss a few
titles like "South Pacific" and "Oklahoma!".
Q: Are the 70mm prints in good shape?
A: Oh yes. They are shown only on rare occasions because only very few
cinemas are allowed to run them today. You have to have two projectors to
avoid splices. Platters are not allowed with these 70mm prints and you are
not allowed to cut and splice the prints with a tape splicer.
Q: Have you worked a lot with the DP70 projector?
A: No, not really. Only the past 11 years here at Royal. It is the best
projector of them all. I have never had any problems with them. Never!
Håkansson (standing) and Hans
Q: How large are your lamps? A: They are OSRAMS 4000 Watt horizontal lamps,
and they are guarantied to last 800 hours. In the beginning they lasted for
1500 hours, but OSRAM probably loose money if the quality is too good. I
usually run them between 800 and 1200 hours.
Q: Have you had a lot of visitors during the 70mm festival?
A: Yes I have,
but mostly projectionists from Denmark and Sweden.
Q: Can you give me some facts about the Royal cinema, please?
A: We have 682 seats, all new. The screen is very curved and measures from
edge to edge 20,8 meters. The 70mm screen is 17,65 meters and ranks among
the largest in Scandinavia. There are 3 channels, Left, Center and Right, of
JBL speakers behind the screen as well as a sub-woofer. The cinema is THX
approved for 35mm film. We received our certification in 1994 and they have
since been here twice and checked that everything is all right.
Q: Once again. What is it like to run all these epic 70mm films on one of
the largest screens in Scandinavia?
A: It is great, I like it, but I would not like to run them at home. Thank
you very much.
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