Projection technology expert Robert D. Evans died April 5 of complications from pneumonia in Lancaster, Calif. He was 85.
Evans had a reputation for devising solutions to difficult projection problems in extraordinary situations. He often said, “It’s a sin against art if you can’t see a movie the way it was supposed to be seen.”
In addition to a long career as a projectionist in theaters and multiplexes, Evans designed and customized equipment for such cinemas as the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Writers Guild Theater and many others from South Korea to Yugoslavia.
Born in Garfield, Utah, Evans began his projection career at the age of 14 carrying portable equipment and motion picture prints throughout the West to Depression-era towns that lacked movie theaters.
Also a skilled photographer, Evans was in the process of completing a documentary film on the historic town of Astoria, Ore., when he was hospitalized with heart problems in February.
He was a longtime member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and IATSE.
Evans is survived by his wife, Linda.
Funeral services will be held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., at noon April 14.