Actually, no Cinerama films were ever screened at the original
Cineramadome in LA. Cinerama went bust shortly after the theater was
built. They did have all the equipment and lenses though.
While they don't normally have projection gear in place for Cinerama,
the booth is able to accommodate the two extra projectors and interlock
system for special screenings. Not sure what the screen setup will be,
but I don't believe the original ribbon screen is still in place.
Nonetheless, I did see "How the West Was Won" there a few years back,
and it looked great. Never got an opportunity to see "Carousel" and "The
King and I" in their original Cinemascope 55 roadshow run-that would
have been a real treat (although I must say that the restored version of
"King and I" I saw at AMIA a couple of years ago looked quite good).
Scott D. Smith CAS
On 8/7/2012 12:26 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> Actually video and film is not too far afield for ARSC. Although we
> didn't do that counterproductive next step that IASA did and change the
> name of the organization to The International Association of Sound and
> Audio-Visual Archives (a change I was able to delay for about seven
> years), ARSC will consider and study these allied fields.
> I am so envious of the L.A. screenings. Is that the the domed Cinerama
> Theater I saw in LA last year at the time of ARSC? I had heard they no
> longer have Cinerama capabilities. For the ARSC in Seattle my hotel was
> a block away from the Cinerama Theater and I had no idea at the time
> that they still had their Cinerama equipment. I saw several of the
> Cinerama films in their late 1950s run in Newark, NJ -- we went on
> several class field trips!! I also saw Oklahoma! in the original
> Todd-AO run at the Rivioli in NYC when I was ten in 1956, and also saw
> Carousel and The King and I in Cinemascope 55 and The Seven Little Foys
> in horizontal VistaVision. I remember not being too impressed about
> VistaVision since it was not very wide!
> You are right about the print of How the West Was Won being technicolor
> IB. In fact, he discussed the defect that is in that print. The
> theater in London was missing about 100 feet of one of the reels and
> BEGGED for him to send it over for copying. And sure enough, the ruined
> that segment he sent so now his print has a dupe for that segment, and
> he uses it to display how good the original print is compared with
> anything they can do now.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cinerama Screenings (was archiving slide-tape
> shows, was voca-film technology)
> From: "Scott D. Smith" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tue, August 07, 2012 12:00 pm
> To: [log in to unmask]
> OK, this topic is getting a bit far afield now, but since Mike started
> it it, I figured I might as well follow up...
> For those interested in Cinerama, the Arclight Theaters in Hollywood
> will be presenting another run of all the Cinerama titles (some with new
> prints), running from September 28th to October 4th. See:
> If you've never had the opportunity to view these films in their
> original format, you don't want to miss this. While some of the titles
> will unfortunately have to rely on digital projection (in 4K, I hope),
> many will be projected in the original Cinerama three-projector film
> format. Although there are still Cinerama system in Seattle and Moscow,
> it is highly unlikely that all of these titles will be presented
> together at showing anytime in the near future, so see 'em now while you
> FYI: The screenings that Mike alludes to were done by John Harvey at the
> New Neon Cinema, which had been extensively remodeled for the run. What
> started out as a special one month run ended up going for 3 1/2 years
> before they finally had to shut it down! (BTW: The print of "How the
> West Was Won" was an original Technicolor IB print, and was not faded in
> the least. Some of the other titles though, such as "Roman Holiday",
> were unfortunately Eastman color prints, which had gone severely
> It was John who was responsible for putting Cinerama back on the screen,
> and is owed a huge debt of gratitude by the entire film community. When
> I first met John, he had assembled full Cinerama system in the living
> room of his home in Dayton, where we were treated to a private screening
> of "How the West Was Won" (with all three projectors run single-handedly
> by John)! While I had seen the film in it's original Chicago run, I was
> really too young to appreciate it (or even remember it, for that
> matter...) It was stunning.
> Fortunately, I was not the only one who was enthralled to see the
> original presentation of the film, and soon John had a steady stream of
> visitors arriving at his door in Dayton, which prompted him to mount a
> special run at the New Neon theater (with lots of assistance from Larry
> Smith). Sadly, John has suffered from a series of strokes, which has
> severely curtailed his activities. A huge loss, IMHO.
> For those who are interested in more information on Cinerama, see:
> Martin Hart's excellent site
> at:http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/widescreen/wingcr1.htm, along with
> Thomas Hauerslev's site:
> http://www.in70mm.com/newsletter/1997/49/afterglow/index.htm These two
> guys have assembled a massive amount of material-you could spend days on
> their sites.
> RE: 30 FPS Todd-AO, we have the original Norelco projectors (along with
> the curved gates), just no venue to set them up with a curved screen!
> Sorry to get so far astray on this thread, but thought it might be of
> interest to some...
> Scott D. Smith CAS
> Chicago Audio Works, Inc.
> On 8/6/2012 6:21 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
>> About 10 to 15 years ago there was a theater in Dayton, Ohio which had a
>> local collector re-do the theater for Cinerama, and they had weekly
>> showings using original prints. Unfortunately most were not Technicolor
>> so have faded to magenta. But it was still great to be able to have
>> Leah experience it. There are about four or five theaters that can still
>> show it including one in Seattle, and Moscow, Russia, and I understand
>> that the one in London does not use original equipment. Now, if only
>> there was some place to see original curved-negative, 30 fps Todd-AO.
>> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] archiving slide-tape shows (was voca-film
>> From: "Randy A. Riddle" <[log in to unmask]>
>> Date: Mon, August 06, 2012 6:10 pm
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 2:11 PM, Richard L. Hess
>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> The point I think I was originally trying to make was that properly
>>> archiving one of these shows is very difficult to retain full impact.
>> Any kind of audio-visual preservation is only giving the viewer and
>> listener and approximation of what the original experience of the
>> media was like.
>> With film, it's really impractical to set up a Cinerama system without
>> a great deal of basic funding and maintenance. Even a chemical or
>> digital based restoration of an old film isn't going to have the same
>> look and feel of original nitrate or Technicolor elements. It's can
>> be a compromise in some cases to save something and make it available
>> for later researchers versus not having it in a viewable form at all.
>> Doing a plan for a "proof of concept" for one of these multimedia
>> slide shows would make an interesting journal article or presentation
>> that might look at the relative costs, advantages and disadvantages of
>> doing it through a 4K or 6K master versus a computer controlled
>> version using multiple high-def projectors and some approaches with
>> the major audio-track formats used to control the systems.