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RCA Pre-1945 Theatre Television Systems

 

1937

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Big Screen Television Pictures - Radio News, September 1937

 

1939 - 41 Projectors for 9 x 12 Foot and 15 x 20 Foot Screens

RCA Radio News Article
1,000,000 Ringside Seats

The first practical demonstration of large screen television was made by RCA to the Society of Motion Picture Engineers in 1939. the screen was approximately 3 x 4 ft.

Later that year RCA built a projection system that produced an excellent picture on a 9 by 12 foot screen. In December of 1940, a system was installed in the New Yorker Theater on Times Square, and operated it for nearly a year. During this time, the results were viewed by leaders of the motion picture industry, high government officials and press representatives.

The programs ranged from studio presentations at Radio City to boxing matches via coaxial cable from Madison Square Garden, wrestling via high frequency relay from Jamaica, New York, and even parade ground maneuvers at Camp Upton, 60 miles away, via three radio relay repeaters.

On May 9, 1941, an especially ambitious program was attempted. A full evening program was scheduled for an invited audience of leaders of government, industry, press and the public, which filled the 1600 seat house to overflowing.

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A scene from the first RCA demonstration of large screen television

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1939 experimental projector. Schematic diagram

 

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1941 projector. Schematic diagram

 

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The control console

 

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Test pattern on 15 x 20 foot screen

 

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Diagram of the 1941 projector

 

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Program presented at the New York Theatre May 9, 1941

 

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Radio & Television, July 1941

 

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Popular Mechanics, September 1941

 

 

1940 Projector for 4 x 6 Foot Screens

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Radio & Television, July 1940

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Service, May 1940

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Poular Mechanics, October 1940

 

1944 Home Projection System

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