Da-Lite was founded with the invention of the Silver Screen during the second Industrial Revolution. It was a time when art and culture flourished, and was transformed into many different styles. Thomas Edison’s first motion picture camera was developed when George Eastman perfected the first commercial transparent roll film. Chicago had an infant motion picture industry, and Adele De Berri recognized the need for the third piece of the equation.
Adele De Berri was a 24-year-old young woman and the inventor of the Silver Screen. At a time when businesswomen were rare and couldn’t vote, Adele established Da-Lite – a business that would survive the Great Depression, World Wars and multiple recessions. Over 100 years later, with an in-house team of chemists, we remain committed to improving our surface formulations to ensure the best surface for today and future projection technology.