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Theater Television: A History

Television technology has not always been used in the home. Indeed during the late 1940s and early 1950s the major corporations of the U.S. motion-picture industry attempted to bring television entertainment into movie theaters .

They did this to protect their positions in the mass entertainment marketplace. The necessary technology was developed just before and immediately after the Second World War. Attempted innovation occurred from 1947 and 1954. But theater television never became widespread and since 1955 has been relegated to only special events, such as major boxing matches. This article analyzes and explains the technological history of theater television through the stages of invention, innovation, and diffusion.

 

Tilting Theater

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis , being the largest of its kind in the world, is always working to not just to maintain visitor interest but also to attract new visitors. With this major objective, it was decided to erect another building which will house an IWERKS domed theater with seating for approximately 312 people. The new theater building is set away from the existing museum and is connected by a concourse. During the design phase, cast-in-place concrete was considered for the building structure. However, it was later found that the concrete is not feasible due to the complexity and height of the formwork required. After considering several possible options, it was decided that structural steel is the most appropriate. This decision proved to be significant, with the project now being on schedule and on budget.

Naval Theater Ballistic Missile Defense

The Navy is moving toward deployment of highly mobile and capable active defense forces to provide protection against theater ballistic missiles. Sea-based Navy area and Navy theater wide theater ballistic missile defense forces can be forward-deployed worldwide, enabling a credible "first on scene" capability without transgressing the territorial waters of sovereign nations.
There are numerous technical and programmatic challenges in rapidly developing cost-effective systems with the inherent flexibility for technology insertion and upgrades needed to keep pace with the evolving threat. This article describes how the Navy theater ballistic missile defense programs are overcoming these challenges, the important role of the mission program manager in the acquisition of these urgently needed capabilities, and APL's support of that role.

 

Theater Television: A History

Television technology has not always been used in the home. Indeed during the late 1940s and early 1950s the major corporations of the US motion-picture industry attempted to bring television entertainment into movie theaters . They did this to protect their positions in the mass entertainment marketplace.
The necessary technology was developed just before and immediately after the Second World War. Attempted innovation occurred from 1947 and 1954. But theater television never became widespread and since 1955 has been relegated to only special events, such as major boxing matches. It analyzes and explains the technological history of theater television through the stages of invention, innovation, and diffusion.

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