Completed Projects

Simplex E7 for the Regent Christchurch

JULY 2015

A small team of volunteers, including PPT members have just installed a working cinema projector in the Regent Centre in Christchurch.

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Century

JULY 2015

The Westar 2000 and Westrex sound head were made by the Westrex Co.Ltd. in Cricklewood, London and were a British version of the legendary American Century machines. They were very popular in the UK and noted for their simplicity of operation, accessibility and rugged reliability.

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Westar 2000

DECEMBER 2013

The Westar 2000 and Westrex sound head were made by the Westrex Co.Ltd. in Cricklewood, London and were a British version of the legendary American Century machines. They were very popular in the UK and noted for their simplicity of operation, accessibility and rugged reliability.

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Restoring a Standard Simplex

MARCH 2013

The 'Standard' Simplex was first introduced in 1911. It was such a successful design, that, with improvements over the years, it continued in production until eventually it was superseded by the 'Super' Simplex which was introduced in 1929. Production finally finished in 1937 with serial number 51537.

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Double Shutter Simplex

MARCH 2013

An opportunity arose to bring a rare double shutter Simplex back to our workshop for appraisal. Although the Standard Simplex is a fairly common machine in preservation circles as so many of them were made over a long period of time, it is unusual to find one with its double shutters intact.

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Kalee 11 for the Moderne

June 2012

The Moderne Cinema in the Bournemouth suburb of Moordown was a true super cinema with seating for 1500 people in stalls and circle. It opened in 1935 and operated until 1963 when it reopened as the Moderne Bingo Club. The projection box was kept intact until the early 1970's when the three Kalee 11's and all of the associated equipment were sold for a nominal sum, and stripped out.

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Simplex E7

december 2010

Two of these machines were discovered rusting away in the garage of a house in Warsash on the outskirts of Southampton. The following article describes the restoration back to working condition of one of them, although both are now working.

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Kalee 12

march 2011

This restoration came together quite quickly as we already had a picture head cleaned up and waiting for something to happen. It's serial number is 16543 which makes it a fairly late model.

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Kalee 11

april 2010

The Kalee 11 was introduced in 1933 and was a replacement for the popular Kalee 8 which had bridged the silent to sound era but had become rather dated compared with other machines coming to the market. The Model 11 lasted until the Model 12 came out in 1939.

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Universal Base

november 2010

The Western Electric universal base will for ever be associated with the early sound era. The late 1920’s and early 30’s saw a large selection of sound apparatus introduced to accommodate the demand from cinema owners, anxious to screen the new ‘talking pictures’.

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