We at NTE
really enjoy our work and get to do some
On February 18-20,
The Wilma Theatre in Missoula,
MT. was scheduled for a silent movie.
The movie was Wings , the
first Academy Award winner!
This print of Wings was to
be projected at 20fps, not 24fps, so we had to slow the projectors down
to properly project this movie. Also, a rare short, Evidence
of the Film , discovered by John Eickhof was to be projected at
18fps. "Evidence" was a film produced in 1913 by Edwin
Thanhauser. His grandson, Ned, is collecting and restoring with
the help of the Library of Congress any remaining films that his grandfather
We added "pony" motors with the
properly calculated size pulleys and also added 3 blade shutters to the
projectors to cut down on flicker. The result was fantastic
The organist for the show, Andrew
Crow, was ecstatic that he could cue the movie at the proper speed.
This gave him more time to develop each theme.
Andrew Crow at the 3/10 Robert Morton Console
Console in the pit
Andrew addressing an eager group of grade
school kids. This is a Wilma Theatre tradition!
Some unenclosed percussions below each
Special thanks go to T.J. Blakeslee and Bill