60 years of SMPTE in the Bay Area
The year was 1951; Unemployment was 3.3%, Harry S. Truman was president, and the United States ended hostility with both Germany and Japan officially ending World War II. Shown that year in the movie theaters were ‘An American In Paris’, ‘The African Queen’, ‘Strangers On A Train’, ‘A Street Car Named Desire’, and ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’. In response to the growing popularity of Television, movie theaters started experimenting with a variety of attractions including wide screen projection and 3D. In New York City, CBS transmits the first color television show, ‘I Love Lucy’ debuts in CBS’s fall lineup, and Allen Freed opened his microphone on WJW in Cleveland and coins the phrase “Rock-N-Roll”. It was also the year that the San Francisco Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers was founded.
For our November meeting we are celebrating the section’s 60th anniversary by visiting the past and honoring the advancements in the theory and practice of engineering in motion pictures, television, and the allied arts and sciences credited to the San Francisco area. As we wind back the clock, we will be venturing back into the dawn of the film industry in California with Bronco Billy and Charlie Chaplin at the Edison Theater, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Fremont California with the museum’s historian David Kiehn.
Join us for this special event on Saturday November 19th 2011 at:
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37417 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94536
3:00 - 4:00 Social Hour and Museum
4:00 - 6:00 Main Program
SMPTE Section History
Niles Film History
Silent Movie Screening, with piano accompaniment by Joe Rosenberg of ETS
From the North Bay: From the South Bay:
Take 880 South to Alvarado Niles Rd. East Take 880 North to Stevenson Blvd East
Continue onto Niles Blvd. Turn Left onto Mission Blvd.
Turn Left onto Niles Canyon Rd.
Turn Right onto Niles Blvd.
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