With intermissions becoming less popular and automation taking over in cinemas around the world, projectionists needed a way of screening a whole movie without a break. The answer was the film platter- a giant motorised spool for a length of 35mm film.
This platter was made by Foxton local Colin Martin. Projectionist Gavin Cowren (now the projectionist at MAVtech) remembers it being powered by a series of vacuum cleaner motors. Despite it's home-made appearance it had a long, useful life and could screen a three-hour movie in one go!
You can see the platter at the MAVtech Museum in Foxton- and find out more about it's incredible story!