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One of our members and volunteer projectionists loves stereo photography. Here's a sampling of stereo pairs he recently took at the Redford as a test of a new stereo camera that uses 2 Ricoh cameras rebuilt to form one stereo camera. Kodacolor print film was used and it was processed and printed at a local full service 1 hour minilab. Scanning was handled by a Microtek ScanMaker v310 connected to a Mac G3. The scanned images were paired up using Graphic Converter. This page is still very much in development.

If this is your first attempt to view stereo pairs, start by having the distance between the center of the right and left photos be about 6.5 cm (2-3/4 in) or less. The stereo pairs were created with a 17" monitor at a medium (832X624) resolution. You may have to adjust your monitor resolution to achieve this distance. On a Mac with OS 8.1, use the Monitors and Sound Control Panel. An alternative would be to save the pair and use a graphics program to scale the images to the needed size. Next, gaze at the pair of photos. Let your eyes become dazed and the two images should start to look like 4 pictures. With luck the middle two images will gradually come together to create a 3-D picture in the middle of the right and left views.

It can take some time and practice to fuse images without a viewer, but it is possible, so keep trying. If it just doesn't work, reduce the size of the graphic so that the distance between centers is less. Once you get it, then work up to a larger distance.

The console of the Redford's original-installation theatre organ console.
The organ was manufactured by the Barton Organ Company and was installed in the theatre for the opening in January, 1928.
Can you tell that this photo was taken just before Christmas?

The restored inner lobby of the Redford Theatre.
A focal point of the 3 story lobby is the stencilled ceiling with chandeliers rescued from the lobby of the demolished Oriental Theatre.

A view of the projection booth showing the 2 Norelco 35/70mm projectors with their Ashcraft carbon arc lamphouses.
The object at the far right is a Genarco carbon arc spotlight.
The Redford Theatre has used carbon arc continuously since the opening in 1928.
Way in the back are the sound equipment racks.

A view inside one of the lamphouses and projectors as one of the volunteer projectionists (and keeper of this web site) adjusts the carbons.

An original Bausch and Lomb CinemaScope projection lens.
It is an impressive piece of glass. Is this same guy going to be in all the pictures of the booth?

Hey, we have someone different posing with the sound equipment.
He's another volunteer projectionist (and president of MCTOS).
As you may have concluded, many members wear more than one hat.

The Redford's holiday railroad display.
It's only set up between December 1 and mid-January.

They don't make them like this any more!
The Redford's 1661 seat auditorium from the balcony. It's a l-o-n-g way from the top of the balcony to the stage.
How many movie theatres still have a balcony? Not very many.

Three of the Redford's volunteers pause for a moment on the grand staircase.
Like all Redford volunteers, they deserve a chance to stop and rest.

Here is Don Lockwood in the outer lobby.
Don was the Redford's Master of Ceremony for a good many years.

This RingSurf Stereoscopic 3D Web Ring Net Ring
owned by The MCTOS Redford Theatre.
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