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Comments (5) on June 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Probably of low interest but those are “Peerless” projectors made by J. Frank Brockliss, an American company, probably under licence in the UK. on June 25, 2015 at 6:15 pm

I accidentally deleted a former comment; from upper left: projectionist and equipment taken by Box Brownie camera about November 1944 for “The Great Mr Handel”: first UK feature in colour. (Available on DVD) About 1 minute exposure @ f11 (the biggest available then). Upper Right Gene Autry with Sid Lewis 15 August 1939:Box camera 1/25 @ f11. Lower Right: Leslie Gregory on right with unnamed staffer, taken by Arthur Raymond. Lower Left Usherettes with front doorman, taken by Arthur Raymond on his German Wirgin camera.

Mike_Blakemore on June 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm

J. Frank Blockliss was a British Company. They where shareholders in Our Company.. Most Peerless in the Country where made by Kelvin Beard and Bottomed.. They also made Prestige Kitchen Equipment on June 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Thanks for correction; I always imagined that it was American. In fact I visited their showroom in London decades ago and saw their 16mm Ampro and other machines. Perhaps the sound head was American.

Peter Lea
Peter Lea on August 21, 2016 at 5:09 am

However just a small correction the lamp houses were Perless not the projectors…. they were probably BTH or Ross GC1’s for that period what you say mike ?

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