The Rembrandt Virtual Tour - Projection Suite Box 1


We are grateful to the family of the late Derek Phillips for their permission to use much of the text and images from the website that was set up and run by him. Derek was very interested in local history and his community and a short biography can be viewed on the introductory page.

The projection suite consisted of a number of rooms for the projection, decorative lighting, and secondary lighting of the building.

Operating Box 1938
Operating Box 1938
Picture Credit: Premier Bioscope Collection

The operating box at the Rembrandt contained two 'Super Simplex' projectors, plus a spare mechanism. The light source was provided by 'Strong' arcs, D.C. current of 75 amps at 45 volts was supplied by 'Hewittic' rectifiers. An R.C.A. sound system was employed, complete with a record player for Non-sync sound (background music).

A separate adjoining rewind room was provided, as the storage and rewinding of the highly inflammable nitrate film used in those days had to be carried out in a separate room from the projectors. The projectors themselves were fitted with metal spool boxes, and the film path thorough the mechanism was completely enclosed behind glass fronted doors, as a precaution against fire.

On the left of the projector nearest the camera is the slide lantern, which is pictured below in 1988 after being overhauled. Not designed with modern health and safety in mind it was a interesting piece of kit to operate producing a murky picture on the screen. Probably used during the war for "Raid in progress" notices. In later years it was used for the purpose of informing "the owner of Ford Cortina Reg no ABC 123D that its lights are on". Its correct use was for showing glass slides for adverts and other publicity.

It was salvaged from the cinema before closure in 1998 and is now held by Bourne Hall Museum in Ewell.

The Carbon Arc slide projector in 1988 Carbon Arc Slide projector workings Carbon Arc Slide projector workings with arc burning
Carbon Arc Slide projector, it's workings, and with arc burning
Images courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

The original Simplex projectors were replaced in June 1962 with Ross GC 2 machines. Peerless arcs were fitted in 1964. When the cinema was twinned in 1971, 16mm projectors were used in ABC 2, until August 1972 when a Ross GC 3 (35mm) was installed with a Westrex tower. The two Ross machines in box 1, and the single machine in box 2, were replaced by two Philips FP 30 projectors in 1979, with another Westrex tower for box 1. An automation system was put in box 1 to control all equipment. After conversion to twin cinemas the projection box became known as Box 1 - do I really need to explain why!
A Philips FP 30 projector in Box 1 in 1984
A Philips FP 30 projector in Box 1 in 1984
Images courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

After running on Ross machines for a few years a Philips FP30 was installed. The Ross projectors were worn out and spare parts for the machines were becoming scarce.
Westrex Tower Box 1 Data sheet for the Westrex Tower. - click to enlarge
The Westrex Tower - click data sheet image to enlarge.
Images courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

The Rembrandt was the only cinema on the ABC circuit not to use cakestands, or Non-Rewind Units as they are more properly known. This was due to the size of Box Two. Westrex "Towers" were used instead

Box 1 Rewind equipment
Box 1 Rewind equipment
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

The necessity for rewinding after every show was inconvenient when running four show a day with single manning in two projection boxes. However the Westrex Towers proved reliable in operation and a show was never lost though their failure.

Box 1 OMA III amp 1984
Box 1 OMA III amp 1984
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

The only shot I could find of the OMA III amp. Built like a tank and could produce more volume than you needed and more with only 40 watts.

Box 1 Rewind equipment and Westinghouse Rectifiers
Box 1 Rewind equipment and Westinghouse Rectifiers
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

I don't know the history of these Westinghouse rectifiers. But I do know that they were BIG and the company also made washing machines and railway signalling equipment

The following shots are included in the spirit of keeping this tour authentic. If I have a photo of an area, then that area will be represented, regardless of its actual interest value!

The Secondary battery rectifier. For the emergency lighting circuit.
The Secondary battery rectifier. For the emergency lighting circuit.
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

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 The Secondary lighting batteries. The Rembrandt had a 110v system
The Secondary lighting batteries. The Rembrandt had a 110v system
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

The boring bit between the front wall of the facade and the loo's. Not a good place to empty the acid from the batteries, Iain!
The boring bit between the front wall of the facade and the loo's. Not a good place to empty the acid from the batteries, Iain!
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

Text written by the late Derek Phillips


The Tour


Foyer Projection Suite Box 2 Lighting
Rear Stalls Cafe Documents and Plans
Front Stalls Stage / Backstage Facade
Circle Foyer Roof Managers Office
Circle Boiler House / H&V Plant Twinning
Projection Suite Box 1 Car Park Memories


Link to the Rembrandt History Page


Boring legal stuff relating to this page

As explained earlier the text and images for this page came from the website run by the late Derek Phillips. To preserve his work and allow ready access to it, it was decided to merge his local history pages into the Epsom and Ewell History Explorer website. Of necessity some minor changes to the text were necessary and the layout has been changed to fit in with the house style of Epsom and Ewell History Explorer but in essence the web page is Derek's.

The family of the Late Derek Phillips makes every effort to ensure that the information on this web page is accurate. However, they cannot accept responsibility for any loss or inconvenience caused by reliance on inaccurate material contained in this site. Links to other sites are provided for your convenience, the Phillips family cannot give endorsement of them. They cannot be responsible for any information contained on other websites.

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