Clune’s Broadway Theatre, 528 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90013 

Moving Picture World, December 23, 1911

Clunes Operating

Excerpts from a letter sent by Frank Chartrand, chief operator, Clune’s Broadway Theatre:

“Have seen several pictures of operating rooms but none equal to our own. It is up to date in every respect. Every convenience possible is employed, even to toilet and wash room.

“We have two Hallberg motor-generator sets supplying current from 110 volt D. C. circuit, three Motiograph machines, two being in use, alternating to avoid  any wait between pictures. We also have dissolver, cyclopticon for rain, snow, fire and cloud effects, color wheel and spotlight.

“Picture is 25 x 22, projected 110 feet.  Can pull 30 to 50 amperes, but only use 32 to 35 on account of having a very bright screen. The switchboard shown in one of the pictures, was built by Mr. Loper, our manager, who is an  electrician  of note.

“It is the best of its kind I have seen for some time. We can throw over from generator to rheostat or vice versa, without any stop. We also have a motor re-wind and many other conveniences.

“Size of room is 18 x 22 feet  by 22 in height. House seats 990, has nine-piece orchestra. Show runs 11 A.M. to 11:30 P.M.”

Moving Picture World replies (excerpt):

“It certainly is a pleasure to look at that room. It is, of course, larger than is really necessary but that is a mighty good fault and one not often found. Lack of space obliged me to trim top and bottom of photo so realization of the height (22 ft.) is lost.”

“I must correct you as to size of picture. If it is 25 feet wide it would be 18 3/4 high. Height is approximately 3/4 of width, you know.”

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Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.


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