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1. US5833544 - Film and live action theater

Office United States of America
Application Number 08845779
Application Date 25.04.1997
Publication Number 5833544
Publication Date 10.11.1998
Grant Number 5833544
Grant Date 10.11.1998
Publication Kind A
IPC
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
63
SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
J
DEVICES FOR THEATRES, CIRCUSES, OR THE LIKE; CONJURING APPLIANCES OR THE LIKE
1
Stage arrangements
02
Scenery; Curtains; Other decorations; Means for moving same
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
63
SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
J
DEVICES FOR THEATRES, CIRCUSES, OR THE LIKE; CONJURING APPLIANCES OR THE LIKE
5
Auxiliaries for producing special effects on stages, or in circuses or arenas
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
63
SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
J
DEVICES FOR THEATRES, CIRCUSES, OR THE LIKE; CONJURING APPLIANCES OR THE LIKE
5
Auxiliaries for producing special effects on stages, or in circuses or arenas
02
Arrangements for making stage effects; Auxiliary stage appliances
A63J 1/02
A63J 5/00
A63J 5/02
CPC
A63J 5/021
Applicants Universal Studios, Inc.
Inventors Corbin Harry C.
Crossley Jim
Drobnis Nicholas H.
Gallo Fred
Lehner James M.
Largman Harry E.
Leisner John
Masi Frank
Newquist Edward S.
Agents Lyon & Lyon LLP
Title
(EN) Film and live action theater
Abstract
(EN)

A film to live-action theater includes a screen facing an audience seating area. The screen has exit and entrance openings and movable panels to open and close off the openings. A screen elevator lifts the screen from a lowered position, wherein the entrance and exit openings are concealed behind a stage, to an up position, to allow an actor and/or a prop to move through the openings. The audience views a film presentation projected onto the lowered screen. At a predetermined time, the screen is quickly raised and a live actor and/or a prop move through the screen to a front stage area, on a track. The opening of the door panels is preferably partially concealed through special effects such as fog or lighting. As the film presentation is preferably made with three dimensional film technology, the audience perceives a film-to-live transition.

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