First 70mm Seminar in the Czech Republic
17. - 19. March 2006
The 70mm Newsletter
by Jakub Klíma and
photographed by Jan Piska
28 April 2006
Kino Mir 70 cinema
have started on project mapping a history of 70mm format in the Czech
Republic. There will be a lot of interesting information, I guess, for
your website. We will be happy to share this with another 70mm fans.
I have got for you a piece of information you could appreciate: Last
month, from 17. - 19. March took place a small meeting of 70mm fans in
CZ. It took place in Krnov, in my hometown.
It was very small seminar,
where students and professional (projectionists, lectors,..) got together
to enjoy a large format. We had only a small number of films, which were
borrowed from Slowak Film Institute.
in 70mm reading:
2nd Seminar of 70mm film in Krnov 2007
Third 70mm Seminar
4th Seminar of 70mm film in Krnov 2009
Universal projector for both 35 and 70mm films
Just for your idea: We were enjoying "Soldaty Svobody" by Jurij
Ozerov - epic communist propagand film - 6 hours!
"Tabor Ukhodit v Nebo" ("Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven")
by Emil Loteanu - you must know this
"Vzlyot" by Savva Kulish with Jevgenij Jevtusenko about
And finally we have a mosaic of fragments of 70mm films which were found
all around the Czech Rep. They were mostly in bad condition (red color
were dominant on most of US production films but on ORWO material, which
were Soviet prints made from are the colours still the same, which is
This section of our seminar was very funny and we had a great fun with
the fragments of "Cleopatra", "Alien", "West Side
Story" among others.
Pavel Tomesek (head of the Mir 70 cinema)
And because we do not know now if there is going to be next seminar I
would like to ask you if you could help me? I mean, we would be happy to
show people this format again in my country but as I said before we do
not have any prints in our country at all and, of course, we cannot show
the same prints over and over...
We would clear the rights for our area. There is no problem with this.
Bonton Film holds the rights for almost all of the US, UK production but
we still do not know how and from where we could bring prints to CZ? We
can see all the festivals, meetings all around the Europe and even in
the World but we do not know how to contact the right person or persons
to give us more details.
Blazejovsky (film department of Masaryk University in Brno), Jakub Klíma and Pavel Tomesek (head of the Mir 70 cinema)
I, therefore, ask about some help you as the most informed person in the
field of 70mm film! Could You give me some hints? I would very glad if
you could. We are little bit desperate since we have not made any step
forward for a long time...
curved and new screen, very reflective
This is the
of our seminar, unfortunately, it is only in Czech
Mír 70 ( Krnov 26 000 inhabitans )
Capacity of hall : 349 seats
Projectors: 2x UM 70/35XB ,2x Meo5XB, Meo II. X
(16 mm )
optical analog sound record, 6 channel mag. record, 4 channel mag.
record, Dolby digitál EX,
Size of the screen:
1:2,2 14,15 x 6,21m
1:2,35 - 11,56 x 4,90 m
1:1,85 - 9,10 x 4,90 m
1:1,66 - 8 x 4,90 m
1:1,37 - 6,72 x 4,90 m
16 mm film
1:1,34 - 6,72 x 4,90 m
The cinema worked from 1948 until 1959, re-built for widescreen projection (1:2,35 a 1:2,55 4 track MG record; projection machines FTP 1 (Jihostroj ČR)
Re-opened in 10.2.1961
Another reconstruction from 29.12.1968 - 23.5.1969; re-opened with 70mm
film "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines".
In 1993 from 19.7. to 1.8.93 Meo5XB projectors were installed.
Another huge reconstruction took part from 1.10.1995 - 8.12.1995, was
lowered capacity from 545 to 349 seats, DOLBY STEREO SR was installed.
By nation-wide film premiere of "Joan of Arc" - 19.2.2000 - initiated of
functioning of Dolby digital
14.8. Dolby stereo EX by movie Terminator 3: Rise of the machines
Editor likes ANY cinema with a "70" in it ;-)
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