Monday, 24 October 2011

Object of the Week: Revealed!

Well, we didn't have any online guesses this week but I'm hoping you were all playing along at home.

If you guessed that our mystery object was a projector lens then congratulations! You can give yourself a pat on the back. That fabulously sci-fi-looking piece of equipment was indeed one of many projector lenses that we've got in store now. Some of them don't belong to the current projector, but to previous projectors from the cinema.

You might be wondering why a projector needs lots of different lenses anyway. Different types of film, such as widescreen and cinemascope, need different shaped lenses to make sure that the image on the film looks correct up on the screen. The projectionist would be responsible for making sure that the right lens was on the projector before the film started; sometimes this meant swapping the lenses over after the adverts before the feature film started!

We'll have another 'object of the week' up on Friday next week.

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