I was watching a movie called "Starred Up" The movie is in a prison
in the UK. The walls are painted up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) dark green
and then light green to the ceiling.
I had just seen a documentary a few weeks ago where somewhere in
Russia they were studding some propaganda films and the walls of the
film room were also painted the same way.
Other than just plain aesthetics, would there be a reason for that?
In a lot of old single screen movie theaters, the inside of the projection
booth is painted the same way in the same colors. I was told by an old proj
ectionist the reason was the dark green down low would hide the dirt and gr
ime from the projectionist's oily hands and handling the projector carbon r
ods. The light color green was so the projectionist could see in low light
to do his job, but very little light from the projection room would get out
into the audience and be an annoyance.
Dark colors don't show dirt as much as light colors so the portion
most likely to get dirty was dark. You also want the room to appear
lighter and larger, thus the upper light portion.
You saw this in a Russian film, but it is done world wide even today.
Mostly in factories and institutional buildings, but in homes, some
rooms often have a chair rail or wainscoting for the same historical
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