Who is David Coles?
A mini Biography
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Grandeur Research
Institute, Sydney, Australia
Coles (right) was very pleased to meet Doris Waller at Bradford in 1993
As with many widescreen enthusiasts, I grew up in the 1950s - the
‘Golden Age’ of Scopes, Ramas and Visions.
At the impressionable age of 12 my mother took me to the Sydney Plaza
Theatre to see “Seven Wonders of the World” (perhaps the most
impressive of the 3-panel ‘travel titles’), and I immediately became a
Cinerama addict - determined to find out all about this wondrous
After a career in film exhibition/distribution (including a stint as
Plaza Assistant Manager) I have concentrated on researching the history
of the big screen and particularly widegauge systems.
In 1993 I attended the opening of Bradfords
auditorium and spent much of that year in UK & US newspaper libraries
researching screening dates. As a result I was able to provide about 90%
of the detail included in the ICS Cinerama Theatres Worldwide listing
Swadkins, and the opening dates of early
Todd-AO openings featured on
the ‘in 70mm’ website.
in 70mm reading:
John H Mitchell's Twin Presentations
Interview with John H. Mitchell,
"Oklahoma!" 70mm Seasons
World in 80 Days" 70mm & Cinestage Seasons
"South Pacific" 70mm Seasons
Coles from Australia
As a Cineramaholic I have the immense good fortune to live within
walking distance of John H.
Mitchell open-air 3-strip venue where he has
shown all the Cinerama/Cinemiracle titles over the last 30 years.
My ‘impossible dream’ of being involved in the actual shooting of
3-strip material became a reality 15 years ago when I served as
‘official assistant wombat wrangler’ on John S. Lashers
filmed in the Sydney area.
For many years I thought I was the only ‘nutter’ in the world obsessed
with the minutiae of film gauges and aspect ratios. Through the
International Cinerama Society, 70mm Newsletter and the wonders of
Internet communication a whole world of like-minded enthusiasts have
come to light - Hi Guys!
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