1930's J. G McAlister Hollywood 5K Vintage Movie Light: (wash light over a large area)

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Classic film studio light made by Bardwell and McAlister, Inc. of Hollywood, CA during the Golden Era of film. Repurposed Vintage Hollywood Movie Light rewired with standard Edison E26 bulbs to be used as a standing lamp. Light Fixture, Rolling Junior Stand (adjustable height from 4' to 8' feet). Thick metal housing, cast iron details, brass parts, 12" inch Fresnel lens. This light has been meticulously refurbished, while still keeping it's vintage look intact.

Disassembled, Stripped, Restored, & Repurposed. All functions working properly Tilt, Pan, and Spot / Flood [All components historically correct]

** International shipping on this oversized lights is now available. Message us for a quote as the Etsy shipping module doesn't support packages of this size and weight.

Personal Notes:
Back in Black: starts off the same "blasted & buffed" but then chemically aged with a secret chemical immersion process. I cannot even begin to explain how COOL this light is. And BIG. Really BIG! This light clocks in at 56 lbs, with the stand being another 38lbs.

WARNING - Initial setup may be difficult due to the weight and size of this unit, I would suggest it be done by two people to be safe. Not a toy, a real working Hollywood profession move light (advice available if required). After initial set up the light rolls around and adjusts easily!

*Raising the stand over 8 ft high can be done, but will require sandbags on the stand for safety (as would be done in a professional use setting). Sandbags will keep the unit from becoming top heavy.

# this is a very rare version with opening from bezel & rear back door.


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“But for purists like John Scarpati, a Virginia photographer who restores and sells these lights in small batches, the only way to showcase them is in their original form – dents and all. “I still disassemble every part and do a complete off-frame restoration; I just don’t over-polish,” he says. “These lights exude an unparalleled sense of aesthetics.” His collection consists mainly of Hollywood classics: Mole-Richardson, Otto K Olesen and Bardwell & McAlister, whose imposing keg lights with metal roller stands and 6in Fresnel lenses are particularly sought-after.”
- Financial Times

“American photographer John Scarpati has taken to scouring old Hollywood studio supply warehouses in search of restoration-worthy examples. made between the 1920’s and 1940’s, each light is a one-of-a-kind original, complete with vintage stand or tripod.they exude the sort of patina that can’t be matched by cheaply mass-produced repros, yet ironically, the lights in his etsy shop actually cost less than the replicas available in upscale malls. ‘my personal favorite finish is a heavy, industrial, vibe,’ explains scarpati. ‘completely refurbished, but still keeping its vintage look intact. less of a polished finished and more real deal.’”
- Designboom

“Restoring these old beauties is definitely a labor of love for Scarpati. After tracking down one or two of these rare creatures stashed in a forgotten corner of some cavernous L.A. warehouse — a feat in itself — he gets them to his personal workshop, where he completely breaks down each to its individual parts. Every knob, lens and metal component is cleaned, stripped and refinished, with impossibly rare missing parts found and fitted.
Often, lamps and stands are discovered separately. Scarpati is a stickler for detail, so he actually insists on matching every light to a stand made by the same manufacturer. New wiring, a fresh bulb suitable for home use, and you’re good to go. If by now you’re realizing that all this entails a tremendous amount of sleuthery and hard work, you are correct. Occasionally, the internet will offer up a similar example of industrial hardware from Hollywood’s golden age. But nobody, nobody, even comes close to this level of restoration.”
- Royal Circus

“Vintage Hollywood lights re-purposed as modern works of art.
Over the three decades music photographer John Scarpati’s lens has chronicled rock, metal and punk acts including Poison, Circle Jerks, Social Distortion, New York Dolls and Rush.  Scarpati has most recently taken to scouring old Hollywood studio supply warehouses in search of restoration-worthy lights to restore for domestic use. The lights were usually made between the 1920's and 1940’s, each is a one-of-a-kind original, complete with vintage stand or tripod. They exude the sort of patina that can’t be matched by mass-produced reproductions.”
- the/HeaveyCurrent

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My light restorations are hand picked vintage fixtures, i.e. more than 50 years old; signs of use such as scratches, dings and dents, is normal. I consider them character and authenticity. all lights are converted - tested and verified as fully functional.

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