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O,.._i.l:oom i- 'viiitage" simply dat-'e"l.hOi/'rg_ro'nor is ts sjle "nostalgia.'" Like the town of Avalon itself, it has simply lived through the years, gener- ally unswayed by society's "im- provements." Projector lenses, spotlights, ffade journals and even fan maga- zines dating back to the 1930s and 1940s are neatly stacked on tables or shelving as if placed there yes- terday. In the case of film projec- ti:e|ated equipment, much of it is still installed and operational. tnfaet, during a recent Catalina Island Museum- SilenlFilm Bene- fit, a modem-day spotlight failed to operate properly and a vaudeville- era carbon-arc spotlight was fired up for perhaps the first time in 50 years. The show must go on. .... '"_ speg')6f afOon-arc ight- ing; the Avalon Theatreretains two of the last Brenkert. carbon-air $ro- j ectors in the fJ:giesi]roj- tors which produce !tieir right not by means of a bulb like ,o modern projectors, but rather an arc .of electric- ity between a negative and positive rod exactly like the light that is pro- duced by arc welding. While there are a number of specialty the- aters across the country that still  carbon-arc technology, the Ava- lon Theatre is likely alone in that category among first-rim movie houses. Regarding the specific brand of project6rs--Brenkert Enarc with RCA sound heads they are among the last of their kind in existence. One could ransack the forgotten store rooms and base- Jh, watso, Columnist ments of the, aters from Houston'to Honolulu in a vain attempt to find additional parts. " The carbon rods" themselves used by the projectors, once produced --- in abundance by Union Carbide for a Hollywood- crazed "world, are now precious artifacts them- selves, to be dispensed sparingly. These two ancient projectors are used only once or twice a year, most notably for the Si- lent Film Benefit. The other 364 days of the year they perennially stare in envy at the distant screen at an image projected by their younger neigh- bor, a much new Century Xetron projector. Also found within the projection room complex is a pair of antique slide projectors which also utilize carbon-arc technology for their light. Until the post-war years: theaters around America often pre- sented a "slide show" of sorts be- fore of between feature films. Song lyrics were often projected for theater "sing-along" with audi- ence members aided by a "bounc- ing ball" of light skipping just above the lyrics. Whether or not the slides were changed fast enough was a function of whether or not the pro- jectionist had any rhythm. The Avalon Theatre also stands alone among her modern-day counterparts of first-ran movie theaters in that the size and shape of screen as dictated by the film's "aspect ration" is changed manu- ally rather than electronically. The "aspect ratio" of a film is a fancy way of describing the height and width dimensions of the image on the screen. All major studio pro- ductions released these days come in two separate aspectratios or "for- mats:" Cinemascope and Flat. Cinemascope is perhaps better recognized in modern times un- der the television-era moniker of "wide screen" and is essentially a horizontally-elongated image. This format is most often used for epic, high budget films where cinematography plays an impor- tant role. The other format,Flat, is a box- ier "TV screen" shape that is gen- erally used for animated films and low-budget comedies and other films where beauty in the eye of the ticket holder is not salient. In virtually every other first-run movie theater in the United States, the top and side curtains framing the image on the screen are moved electronically sometimes by "smart" metallic.strips implanted in the film itself. In the Avalon Theatre, the screen is still manually changed from "scope" to Flat and vice-ver- sa by Avalon Theatre personnel. Letter to the Editor A Catalina coffee table book "The Catalina Island Photo Book" features more than 50 pho- tographe(s and more than 200 pages of photographs, all celebrat- ing the beauty of Catalina Island. This book is dedicated to my older brother, Ed Dunn. His life on the island influenced his love for the art of photography. As a hobby, he began taking photos of local baseball games. His passion for photography grew and he later attended the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. Ed progressed profes- sionally into a full time portrait and wedding photographer, though never losing his love for photo- graphing the beauty of the Island. Ed was a member of the Catalina Art Association as well as an ac- tive participant and award winner in the annual Catalina Island Fes- tival of Art. Ed's love ,for capturing the uniqueness of Catalina Island through photos of the people, the landscapes, and the towns of Ava- lon and Two Harbors is shared by many residents and visitors alike. To honor this common spirit, and represent its manY perspectives, we asked photographers, profes- sional or otherwise, to submit pho- tographs to create this book. We were overwhelmed by the response. Over 3,200 photographs were received in a few months time. Some of the photographers knew Ed, most just have a desire to help. None of the photographers asked for or received payment fol" their photos. All simply enjoyed partaking in our effort to put a tan- gible face on a mutual interest. It was a very difficult task to choose just. a handfial of photo- graphs from the large number sub- mitted. We hope you enjoy the se- lection we found that best display the joy of photography, the amount of creativity that exists, and the profound appreciation of beautiful Catalina Island. Most important to me personal- . ly is the opportunity to help others carry on their passion for photog- raphy. A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will be donated for cash prizes in the pho- i Dear Friends of "Uncle Joe" ! | Words cannot express our gratitude for the incredible kindness I I shown to us during this difficult time. i | Sincere "Thank you s" for the care and concern shown by | | paramedics, firemen, hospital staff, helicopter personnel and ! ! special friends. I | Please know that the cards, flowers, kind words, hugs, and i i prayers from all our friends and neighbors have meant so much. ! | In appreciation, | | Tina Voei and Family | tography division at the Catalina Island Festival of Art. The idea is to "pay it forward" in memory of my brother, Ed. Thank you very much to all those that have submitted their photography, as well as those who purchase this book. Available Fall 2011. Taking orders now: (3i0) 510-0416 / www.buoysandgulls. com. Jerry Dunn Avalon Before you go back  to the mainland... take a little Catalina with you. T Subscribe Today. (Ittflhll/fl I$1JIIID{II RO. Box 428 Tel: (310) 510-0500 Avalon. CA 90704 Fax: (310) 510-2882 NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION/ MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION Notice is hereby given that the public agency named below has completed an Initial Study of the following described project at the following location: Public Agency: City of Avalon Project Name: i Descanso Canyon Zip Line Evacuation Trails Project Location - Identify street address and cross streets or attach a map showing project site (preferably a USGS 15' or 7 1/2' topographical map identified by quadrangle name): Descanso Canyon, Santa Catalina Island, # 1 St. Catherine's Way, i Avalon, CA This Initial Study was completed in accordance with the Lead Agency's Guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act. This Initial Study was undertaken for the purpose of deciding whether the project may have a significant effect on the environment. On the basis of such Initial Study, the Lead Agency's Staffhas concluded that the project will. not have a significant effect on the environment, and has therefore prepared a Draft Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration. The Initial Study reflects the independent judgment of the Lead Agency. [] The Project site IS on a list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5. X The Project site IS NOT on a list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5. [] The proposed project IS considered a project of statewide, regional or areawide significance. X The proposed project IS NOT considered a project of statewide, regional or areawide significance. [] The proposed project WILL affect highways or other facilities underthe jurisdiction of the State Department of i Transportation. X The proposed project WILL NOT affect highways or other.facilities under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Transportation. [] A scoping meeting WILL be held by the lead agency. X A scoping meeting WILL NOT be held by the lead agency. If the project meets the criteria requiring the scoping meeting, or if the agency voluntarily elects to hold such a meeting, the date, time and location of the scoping meeting are as follows: Date: Time: Location: Copies of the Initial Study and Draft Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration are on file and are available for public review at the Lead Agency's office, located at: Lead Agency address: 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA Comments will be received until the following date: October 3, 2011 Any person wishing to comment on this matter must submit such comments, in writing, to the Lead Agency prior to this date. Comments of all Responsible Agencies are also requested. The Lead Agency will consider the project and the Draft Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration at its meeting on: Date: October 4, 2011 " I Time: 6:00 pm If_the Lead Agency finds that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment, it may adopt the Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration. This means that the Lead Agency may proceed to consider the project without the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report. iicATAiJNA iSLANDER ......................................................................................  ................................................................................................................. Friday,sep:tember "f6, 26. 9