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(3) Orientation Films. These are the "Why We Fight"
series, and are secured in same manner as feature films. By
War Department directive, all troops must see them.
f. Presenting the Show. (1) The theater may be indoors
or outdoors, depending upon the facilities furnished and men
to be serviced. The equipment is effective in gatherings up
to 2,500 men, depending upon acoustical and visual conditions.
Correct operating conditions presuppose facilities
for setting up the screen so that all men may see, and using
the sound amplifiers so that all men may hear.
(a) Indoors. A stage or raised platform should be available
so that the screen will be visible from all parts of the
building, and the sound amplifiers should be placed near the
screen and above floor level.
(b) Outdoors. In most theaters of operation, outdoor
facilities only will be available. A space should be chosen
which is free from wind to avoid distorted images produced
by a moving screen. It is advantageous if the audience can
sif.on sloping ground facing the screen.
(2Y Advance announcements published in camp newspapers,
displayed on bulletin boards, and made verbally at formations
should give information as to date, time, place, and title
of each show.
(3) The turntables furnished in each kit can be used for
preshow entertainment with recordings borrowed from the
Kit "B-l." An audience may gather to see the picture before
it is dark enough to start the screening, and judicious use
of recordings, plus live talent from the audience by means of
the microphone, will add to the entertainment value of the
screening. In addition, in the event of a break-down of
equipment while the show is on, the use of recordings will
entertain the audience during the necessary time it takes to
repair the equipment.
(4) Where blackout conditions exist, steps should be taken
to insure presentation of shows with suitable blackout protection.
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