extremely rare 1930’s Beattie News-Reel Floodlight
Classic film studio light made by BEATTIE lights, a division of OTTO K. OLESEN COMPANY Hollywood, CA c.1930's
Rewired with standard Edison socket and bulb to be used as a standing lamp. Bakelite inline switch & manufacturer correct Rolling Stand (adjustable height from 4' to 8' feet), Metal housing, cast iron details, 15" inch reflector. Completely refurbished while still keeping its vintage look intact.
Disassembled, Stripped, Restored, & Repurposed. All functions working properly Tilt, Pan, and Spot / Flood
* Although being a "Flood Light," it is more like a medium flood to wide flood...
[All components historically correct]
Impossible to find these days, doesn't matter how many studio backlots you scour or auctions you attend, only a handful have survived worldwide.
Otto K. Olesen was the first to provide lights for shooting motion pictures inside a studio. Hollywood's original illumination engineer was inducted into the Scandinavian American Hall of Fame in California, at the Nordic Spirit Symposium.
Otto K. Olesen, who died in 1964, emigrated from Denmark to California in 1911 as a 20-year-old college graduate. Starting with two abandoned military searchlights, he developed his lighting technique and within a few years launched the use of lighting for premieres. He was the first to provide lights for shooting motion pictures inside a studio.
He went on to become the first lighting engineer for the Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Coliseum. He provided the lighting for the 1927 grand opening of Grumman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood and the 1937 opening ceremony of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which utilized 500 searchlights fed by 30 miles of cable.
“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.’”
“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.”
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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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All Lights are refurbished using USA specifications as the lights were originally manufactured.
120 Volt AC, E26 sockets (Edison Screw Medium/Standard), and either NEMA 1-15 ungrounded (Type A) or NEMA 5-15 grounded (Type B) plugs. Unless otherwise noted in description. Use in Non North American Regions will require the user purchase the correct current / Plug adapter for use in their county.
* Receiving base for bulbs - These two standards are interchangeable, meaning a US E26 will fit in a European E27 base, and E27 will fit in a E26 base. The only difference is the voltage (for light bulbs). In fact there is only 1 mm difference between the threads of E26 and E27, so they are virtually identical.