At least you guys get to hear about these showings. We have a Cinerama-type screen and projection system in Bradford UK but they NEVER advertise outside the small community of 70mm enthusiasts. Which is perhaps why this venue has not been mentioned on this list. Last year they showed the restored Windjammer Cinemiracle film but failed to announce it, and also failed to tell the tall ship community. I run a tall ships bulletin board and receive posts from other tall ship mailing lists - but no-one heard about this showing. Indeed few even know about its restoration. CJB.
--- On Tue, 7/8/12, Malcolm Rockwell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Malcolm Rockwell <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cinerama Screenings (was archiving slide-tape shows, was voca-film technology)
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Tuesday, 7 August, 2012, 18:31
> If you get a chance to see 2001: A
> Space Odyssey in Cinerama on September 28th, do so. When I
> saw it in NYC when it was first released in 1968 that's how
> I saw it. I was mightily impressed!
> On 8/7/2012 6:00 AM, Scott D. Smith wrote:
> > OK, this topic is getting a bit far afield now, but
> since Mike started it it, I figured I might as well follow
> > 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: https://www.arclightcinemas.com/news/promotion-cinerama?promo=spotlightM1
> > 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 can.
> > 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 magenta).
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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
> >> technology)
> >> 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]>
> >>> 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
> >> rand