I returned from a week in Chicago, where I spent a good portion of my visit working on a new projector as well as checking out a number of screening venues and projection booths around the city. Chicago has more Eastman projectors than any other city in North America thanks to the work of James Bond and the institutional support that permitted these machines to be installed. Alternative screening venues are concentrated in the near north and south side (Hyde Park), and the Gene Siskel Film Center screens work on an Eastman 40 at their location on State. The city has set a standard for serious presentation, and other cities would do well to use Chicago as a model for how to show 16mm films.
Notes from October 2007