Multiple Screens for Super-Movies (Apr, 1934)

Multiple Screens for Super-Movies

THE present method of representing simultaneous scenes on a motion-picture screen, in succession, may be supplanted by one in which details will appear on one screen, and the main body of the action on another, at the same time, according to a recent patent which contemplates the making and projecting of several films at once. This will require more than one projector; and they must be operated in exact synchronism, for both film and sound. The patent contemplates either the use of two machines to fill a screen twice the ordinary size, for a spectacle, or one for a full-size scene and one for a smaller screen, as illustrated. Another feature of advantage is the more exact location of the apparent sources of different voices and other sounds. For auxiliary pictures, on a different plane from that of the main screen, a mirror is used to alter the angle.

3 comments
  1. Repack Rider says: December 9, 20106:04 pm

    The original Cinerama process which debuted in 1952 involved three camera and three synchronized projectors, Later the process moved to using 70mm double-width film.

  2. Mike Brown says: December 10, 20108:51 am

    I remember that the IBM pavilion at the 1965 World’s Fair in New York used a similar sort of system – you got into your seats in a sort of outdoor bleachers, then were raised up into an egg-shaped theater. There were various screens all around, and a live presenter who appeared at various places around the hall, interacting with the screens. Seemed like a real “wow” at the time.

  3. Charlie says: December 10, 20109:45 am
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