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About "Zoot Suit"
The last film in 70mm and Sensurround Plus

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Brad Adams, Kalamazoo, USA Date: 24.05.2009
The last Sensurround film. Photographed by Brad Adams in the fall of 1981.

I thought the movie was filmed well and there sure was some jazzy numbers, but as far as the Sunsurround, I felt heavy deep bass during most of the musical numbers, thus, the "+ Plus" in Sunsurround. It just 'enhanced' the music (And with it being a filmed play I wasn't expecting much in the way of effects). I didn't feel any of the vibration like in "Rollercoaster" or "Earthquake".

I think they had hung the rear speakers for the Sensurround. I remember not seeing them in the back of the theatre like "Equake" / "Rcoaster". But I did notice they had (The Dome) extra sound equipment hanging in the back, I thought it was hung so the back row is not right in front of the speakers.
More in 70mm reading:

“Zoot Suit”: The 70mm Engagements

Sensurround Festival @ the Schauburg

Review: "Earthquake" in Sensurround
About Sensurround
Recreating Sensurround in England
Resurrecting Sensurround
Selling Sensurround equipment

Internet link:

"Zoot Suit" advert from's collection

Today most people have bigger bass systems in their cars. I saw the next movie to play after "Zoot Suit" and the hanging speakers in the back were removed.

I saw "Rcoaster" in Sensurround in Kalamazoo, MI when I was 15, (not in 70MM here). The back row boxes were about 6ft. tall, I remember they were taller than I, and what an experience !! Some of the time it felt like my chest was caving in. Totally different from "Rcoaster" to "Zoot Suit"..........

Thanks, Brad Adams


"Zoot Suit" is not included in Sensurround festival 2010

The Cinerama Dome fall 1981. Photographed by Brad Adams.

"Zoot Suit"
will not be included in the Schauburg Sensurround Festival 5-6 June, 2010 because it was never a real Sensurround movie.

It did not use the horns. "Zoot Suit" simply used the DBX circuits implemented in the Sensurround control units from revision 3 on. No real Sensurround, just DBX noise reduction and the decision to advertise it as "SENSURROUND Plus" was wrong, and it bombed. It will never sell a ticket in a real Sensurround festival, where audience expects to experience the real and not fake marketing attempts. ...

Sensurround @ the Schauburg

Todd-AO Festival, Schauburg, Karlsruhe, Germany

Schauburg, Karlsruhe Germany

Contact: Herbert Born for reservations

Filmtheater Schauburg
Att: Herbert Born
Marienstraße 16
76137 Karlsruhe

Office: +49 721 3500 011
Cell +49 175 1097 804
The Schauburg plan to show these films in ROARING and THUNDERING LOUD Sensurround:

"Battle of Midway"
"Battlestar Galactica"
"Mission Galactica"

Go to Festival Page: Sensurround @ the Schauburg

Herbert Born, Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe, Germany

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Updated 17-12-17