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Vintage Peerless Magnarc Cinema High Intensity Lamp

Product code: 31346

£785.00 Inc. VAT / £654.17 Excl. VAT

Pearless Magnarc Light

Dimensions: 63cm W x 100cm L x 64cm H . (Weight 64kg)


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Peerless Magnarc High Intensity Lamp by J.E. McAuley Mfg. Co. of Chicago.

Movie theatre 35 mm high intensity lamp projector complete with original Bakelite wood effect handles. This projector ran the flicks as early as the roaring 20’s! The glass nameplate on the top of the Peerless Magnarc projector would light up when the machine was turned on. There is a speed dial on the side. The side lifts open using the handles and can be propped open with the internal hinge. It looks like there may be a screw missing from this piece. The glass on top is broken. Please see images.

The Peerless Magnarc is a high-intensity carbon-arc lamp that was manufactured by the J. E. McAuley Company of Chicago Illinois. These lamps were used mostly in movie projectors and spotlights during the 1920s-1950s (and some are still in use). An extremely bright arc was created by passing a large DC current between two carbon rods, and the rods were consumed in the process. Since rods typically lasted 30 to 40 minutes, they needed to be replaced multiple times during the showing of a film. This required switching between two projectors, and so the burn time of the rod determined the maximum length of a movie reel.

Important note; All Electrical goods are sold as seen and will need to be re wired to comply with regulations in the intended country of use.

Please remember when buying vintage items, they will have signs of use but that is also what makes them so unique. We do our best to photograph and explain the condition of the item as best we can. If you have any questions about a particular item, please contact us. Please take the time to look at all pictures.

Product Code: 31346

 Styling: Great prop or restoration piece. Repurpose it into an outdoor pizza oven, shelves, garden feature, whatever your imagination can think of! Display in any tv studio tour, cinema, theatre etc.

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