Thursday Apr 02 2009 comments Projecting the future for State Theatre By: Auburn Journal photography by Ben Furtado -A +A Buy This Photo Now Owner of Ace Theatre & Service, John Eickhof, has been servicing film projectors for over 30 years and has installed two Simplex projectors, vintage 1960, at the Auburn State Theatre. Eickhof will also install a new movie screen adding to the theatre?s upgrades. At 17, John Eickhof, owned his own theatre service company called Cinemechanics, then later started Ace Theatre & Service in Idaho. Before all that Eickhof was running projectors in Lake Tahoe at age 13 and claims that?s where his love for the business started. Each Simplex projector houses a 2,000 watt Xenon bulb, which will show up to 4,000 hours of film, and costs $600 each after their life in the projector. The Simplex projector was made in 1960 and requires a full time projectionist to manual operate and change the 35mm film reels during a movie. Along with new projectors, John Eickhof, installs a new wire system, which will assist the projectionist during a film. John Eickhof, now a resident of Wendell, Idaho, shipped the two 600 pound Simplex projectors from his own theatre called the Ace Theatre, to the Auburn State Theatre. Eickhof remembers servicing the Auburn State Theatre back in 1976 while also servicing other small town theatres around the country and over seas. ?I can set up these projectors with my eyes closed,? said John Eickhof as he installs a 35mm film reel to test out the newly installed Simplex projector. ?These things are like cars and will run forever if you take care of them.?