Padma Talkies, Kolhapur : Projector, Sound and Screen History
Padma Theatre has undergone periodic renovations and refurbishing in the years 1970, 1976, 1978, 1991, 1995, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2015.
To highlight the upgrading of technology at the theatre, Padma Talkies first used a German made Bauer B6 sound & projector from 1941 onwards. It then went on for the next 70 years with a low-intensity carbon, in 1972 with a high-intensity carbon. This was then substituted by a Xenon lamp projector in 2009, which was followed by K Sera Sera, a UFO and then by Scrabble 2K. At present the technology at the theatre is digital. In the olden days to give a 3-D effect for the English film House of Wax, the theatre used two projectors simultaneously to create the effect. The film reels used to be Safety film polyester, followed by polyester Analog Track Stereo, Stereo Track and now of course Digital Track.
To improve viewing pleasure, the theatre has changed from malt white to silver-coated screen. The dimensions of the screen are now 42 X 17 feet. From inception, the screen is changed every 2 years so as not to compromise on the quality of the screen light.
Sound has always been an important component of the viewing experience at Padma Talkies. As early as in the year 1941, the theatre used 408 Amplifier + RCA speakers made by Altec Lansing an American company. The technology used was known as ‘Valve Amplifier’. This was a first for the Kolhapur cine-goers. The system was changed subsequently to Photophone make Melody 100. This technology is commonly known as ‘Transistor Amplifier’. Again, 4–track was added followed by stereophonic sound systems in 1995. In 2009, Dolby 650D- a six channel processor was installed. All the speakers and amplifiers were changed to Mosfet Amplifiers QSC & the surround speakers to Pulzz. The main speakers (left-centre-right) and sub-speakers were changed to JBL (model No 4675 C8 LF). The sound sensors & readers were originally mono sound. These were changed to Photocell, then to Photodiode, followed by Magnetic Reader, Stereo Solar Cell, Reverse Scan and now Dolby Digital is currently in use.