Notes from October 2007

Recent Chicago Visit

I recently returned from a week in Chicago, where I spent a good portion of my visit working on a new projector and 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 hard work and dedication of James Bond and the institutional support that permitted these machines to be installed. Chicago is a wonderful place for architecture, though it does sprawl far and wide. It really is deceptive, judging from a map, how big the city actually is. Alternative screening venues are concentrated in the near north and south side (Hyde Park), and the Film Center screens work on an Eastman 40 at their theaters 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.

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