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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!

Identification

Object type
Image
Title
Hand - Made Film Platter- Foxton
Date
1970s

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Creation

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Place
MAVtech Museum, Foxton

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Taxonomy

Tags
mavtech museum,
Community Tags
1970s,
cinema,
coronation hall,
foxton,
home made,
mavtech museum,
museum object,
museum of audio and visual technology,
object,
platter,
projectionist,

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