Much like VHS before it, film projection took a big hit today.
Here’s some alarming news courtesy of Douglas Maclaren at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago:
“LaVezzi Precision Inc, the manufacturer for 95% of projector sprockets in use worldwide, has decided to cease production on all motion picture parts. Sprockets, gears, shafts, and most importantly, the cams & stars for projector intermittent movement have all ceased being manufactured effective immediately.”
This means that precision parts critical for running film on the most common projectors: Ballantyne, Century, Christie, and Simplex