• To record the history of the large format movies and the 70mm cinemas
as remembered by the people who worked with the films. Both during
making and during running the films in projection rooms and as the
audience, looking at the curved screen.
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by: Volker Hannemann, Kornwestheim, Germany
wonderful Sensurround warning poster
First of all a BIG APPLAUSE to the Schauburg team who turned this sunday
 evening into a real BIG EVENT! Seeing "Earthquake" again after more
than 30 years on the big curved screen in 70mm and in Sensurround was an
I remember seeing "Earthquake" for the first time at the age of
16 when it was released back in 1974 at the Atrium cinema in Stuttgart,
Germany, in 70mm and with Sensurround sound. It was amazing - and the
only time I ever saw it at the cinema. The other few times had been on
tv and, well, without Sensurround... In 1974 this film started a series
of big screen disaster movies ("Airport 1975", "The Towering
Inferno",...) and it was quiet a sensation at that time.
When I first heard about the planned re-run of "Earthquake" at
the Schauburg cinema in Karlsruhe, Germany, I was thrilled! To be able
to see this film again in its original 70mm format and with Sensurround
sound, was something a real widescreen fan would never miss! And finally
I could bring my wife to see it, too!
The whole thing was announced as "The Last Picture Show" because
everybody could take his/her seat home after the screening (new more
comfortable seats were installed in the theater the next day).
Well, our expectations were high - and were even surpassed! After
entering the cinema everybody got a "survival pack" which included 1
bottle of beer, some sweets and a sheet on which you could write down
your last will and leave your seat to somebody else...
The house was sold out and everybody was excited about the things to
When the curtains finally opened and gave view to the big curved
Cinerama screen, the whole show started with the famous "Sensurround
on display in the Schauburg. "Ausverkauft" means SOLD OUT.
The German dubbed 70mm print we were going to see unfortunately was
already color faded (but otherwise intact) and the magnetic stereo sound
not state of the art - BUT: the Sensurround effect was fantastic! It was
definitely better than in 1974! What this array of subwoofers behind the
screen could do was really breathtaking! WOW!
But it was not only the technical side of the screening which made this
evening so wonderful:
we could experience a completely new dimension of this movie realizing
that it was nothing else but BIG FAT TRASH! After more than 30 years
this film lost nearly all of its suspense - it was involuntary funny!
And that was GREAT!
I had the feeling that everybody in this crowd packed theater was
thinking exactly the same: "What a wonderful piece of trash!". The
audience was absolutely wonderful, too: there was a lot of laughing
(e.g. at Victoria Principal's hairstyle, Richard Roundtree's clothes,
George Kennedy's scenes or the fact that Ava Gardner played Lorne
Greene's daughter) and also some occasional applause - especially after
the first big rumble!
Although the film itself does not have an intermission, this screening
had one - one that left the whole theater in smoke! That was very
After the movie finished the show did go on: for technically interested
people like me it was possible to take a tour behind the screen and have
a look at the subwoofers which were dismantled in very short time.
And there was also some dismantling going on in the theater itself: lots
of people from the audience worked hard to take their cinema seats home.
It was great fun to watch! The show after the show!
While walking to the car after we left the cinema, we could see people
all the way who were carrying their cinema seats through the night...
It was a great evening and a great show and we enjoyed it so much. It's
so good to know that there are still people in the movie business who
know what showmansip really means!