Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
In Flight Movie Theaters.  
User currently offlineFrontierMan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 413 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

Would someone please tell me about the history of Movie theaters in airplanes. I'm really interested at what it was like in the 70's and 80's. It's definitley come a long way with today's LCD screens in seatbacks.

3 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

I was on a United DC-8 in 1971 when I watched them install the inflight movie. I was flying RIC-IAD-LAX. On our stop at IAD, a union projectionist from the Washington local got on the plane with three huge reels of 16mm film, one for first class and two for coach. He then pulled down the projectors from the ceiling, which hinged down, and loaded the reels horizontally into the projectors. Then he pulled down the CinemaScope screens (wide screens) from the ceiling and started running the films so he could make sure they were properly focused and aligned with the screens. That way the flight attendants would only have to turn them on. Then he wound them back to the beginning and retracted the cabin screens. When they ran the film during the flight, we had to close the curtains over the windows for better viewing. I was near the rear of coach, and I noticed that the movie in the forward coach section was a little ahead of ours.
When I flew on Eastern L-1011s and A300s, I discovered that their movies were on Super 8 film, and of much poorer quality than United's 16mm. They were out of focus, and the flight attendants didn't know how to correct this.
Now, most airlines use video projection or TV monitors.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA

Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

Exactly, Bob! WOW!

The movies on the Stretch 8's were purposely started at different times (forward Economy vs Aft Economy) so that the forward Economy cabin wouldn't have to wait for the aft cabin's meal service to finish before the movie started.

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L

User currently offlineFrontierMan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Thanks Bob. That was the exact response I was looking for. I appreciate all of the time you spent writing about it.

Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Worst In-flight Movie Ever? posted Sun Jan 18 2004 23:21:28 by Cytz_pilot
Ever Cry During The In-flight Movie? posted Thu Dec 11 2003 07:55:03 by Zrs70
Editing In Flight Movie posted Wed Mar 19 2003 14:37:57 by 767-322ETOPS
In-flight Movie Censorship posted Wed Aug 14 2002 21:23:48 by Janne
In Flight Movie Theaters. posted Thu May 18 2000 23:25:44 by FrontierMan
In Flight Communication (radio, Etc.) posted Wed Nov 29 2006 17:52:18 by Osiris30
Commercial Planes In Flight At The Same Time? posted Mon Nov 27 2006 08:22:36 by Marcus380
A New Low Standard For In Flight Attire posted Wed Nov 22 2006 06:10:16 by Skydrol
FedEx In The Movie "Castaway" posted Sat Nov 11 2006 16:15:07 by Shinkai
NZ ATR72 In-flight Fault With Engine posted Thu Oct 26 2006 10:24:10 by 777ER