Above: The 367 feet long Marque announcing Rex Ingram's "Prisoner of Zenda" at the grand opening of the Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York.
Between June and September of 1922, teams from the Eastman Kodak Co. were in New Jersey and Hollywood filming the stars of theater and the silver sheet using a new two-color Kodachrome process. The assembled shorts were unveiled on September 4th, 1922, at the Grand Opening of the Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York. At an estimated cost of $3 million, the monumental theater had a seating capacity of 3,352 and was designed not only with the performing arts in mind, but also for the burgeoning art of cinematography. The theater was home to a world class orchestra and the nation's largest theater organ at the time.
The complete footage of Claire Windsor's Kodachrome test shots survive at the George Eastman House archives.
April 26th and 27th 2019 in Downs, Kansas
Below: The costume Claire wore in the color test shots was captured on standard black and white film by photographer Albert Walter Witzel. Below that is a hand tinted version of the same photo.
For a biography of Witzel, check out this link:
For a complete history of the Eastman Theater, check out this link: