The lamp houses of each projector are lit with two carbon rods, one positive and one negative, which form an arc across the gap between the rods. The light produced from this process creates a warmer and more natural light than any bulb or modern projector, Carey said.
Most companies that provided the necessary equipment to keep the projectors operational are out of business, but Carey said there still are a few places to get carbon rods that have vast supplies and can be easily sourced.
Jeff Weiler, president of JL Weiler, is giving full support to Carey and Woodshank’s project.
“These guys are coming up with a strategy to introduce motion picture presentations the way it had been done in the ’50s and ’60s by restoring this equipment,” Weiler said.