Closing at end Of intermission:
The intermission comes at the end of the 7th reel. To mark your
film wind the film through until you come to the dead fade out at
the end of the intermission title. Count back your determined
number of curtain feet. At this point, using a standard academy cue
marker put a curtain closing cue at the lower right hand corner of
the picture. This will bring the curtain closing at exactly the
point when the Intermission title has completely faded Out. Do not
close any sooner.
Opening after intermission
The projector is to be started after 12 minutes of elapsed time.
There are 3 minutes and 20 seconds of music ahead of the picture.
This is the most important cue of the picture. The curtain must be
completely open when this scene comes on full. This scene opens
with a picture of two large doors. Count your curtain feet back
from the point where you can just make out these two doors after
the fade in. Put a piece of masking tape on the black leader at
this point, similar to the opening. The curtain should be opened
then in the same manner as in the original opening. This will start
your curtain so that it will be fully opened when the doors open
and Charlton Heston comes through the doors. We repeat, THIS CUE IS
There are important credits on the end title so measure your
curtain feet back from the dead fade out at the last end title so
that the curtain will come completely closed as the title fades
out. Put a curtain cue at the lower right used of the film, the
same as reel 7. There are approximately 2 minutes of music on black
leader after the end title fades out.
If your theatre has a contour curtain in front of the traveler,
this contour curtain should be taken out at the time the lights
start to dim, approximately 1 minute before the end of the opening
The sound level of the picture is reasonably sustained throughout,
however, there are many scenes where the dialogue is spoken softly
for dramatic affect. This necessitates a sufficiently high level to
make such dialogue clearly audible.
There is one important fader cue which will materially enhance the
excitement which the picture conveys to the audience. This has to do
with the jousting scene in real No. 3. Here is the cue; when the
king drops his arm to start the jousting, raise the fader 2 points,
(4DB). Leave the fader at this level during the entire jousting
scene. Lower to normal after the end of the joust, when Heston
walks over to the king and says "to whom does Calahorra belong?"
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