Rare, Classic Films to Screen at Seattle Cinerama
September 30 - October 16, 2011
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|Written by: Greg
Wood, Seattle Cinerama Theatre||Date:
Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Film buffs will be treated to 15 classic
widescreen movies during the Cinerama Film Festival, including extremely
rare 70mm prints from studio vaults and the archives of The Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. |
The festival opens Sept. 30 at Seattle Cinerama Theatre and runs through
Oct. 16. Opening weekend will feature two of only seven movies ever produced
for Cinerama's three-projector technology, This is Cinerama and How The West
The other movies featured will be widescreen classics in 70mm, including
West Side Story, Lawrence of Arabia and Cleopatra. The 70mm prints Cinerama
goers will enjoy are on loan from Hollywood studios' vaults and rarely seen
by general audiences, said theater operator Greg Wood. Prints will be loaned
by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 20th Century Fox, Warner
Brothers, Disney & MGM.
The festival is sponsored by Seattle Cinerama Theatre and SIFF.
Cinerama Theatre is owned by Paul G. Allen, the Seattle philanthropist and
co-founder of Microsoft. He saved the vintage 1963 movie theater from
demolition in 1998. Last year he gave the theater a multi-million dollar
upgrade, with digital sounds, 3-D capabilities, a new screen, movie
memorabilia from his personal collection and the best selection of
locally-made concessions at any theater in Seattle.
Along with the capability to show the latest
blockbusters in 3-D, Allen frequently donates use of Cinerama to non-profit
film festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle
Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)
and the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.
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"Cinerama has been one of Seattle's great treasures, and Paul Allen has made
it one of the best movie palaces in the world," said Carl Spence, SIFF's
Artistic Director. "As much as digital cinema is transforming the movie
going experience, it still has not achieved the rich look and dimension of
celluloid, particularly compared to what you'll see with the widescreen and
luminous 70mm film featured at the Cinerama Festival."
Allen said the Cinerama Festival is possible because of the generosity and
cooperation of The Academy and the film studios.
"We're grateful to the Academy and studios for sharing these treasures with
us, and allowing Cinerama's audiences to see them the way they were intended
– on the wide screen," said Allen, who saved Cinerama in 1988.
The films will be projected by state-of-the-art equipment and seen on the
theater's original Cinerama screen – the largest in the world. "Last fall we
embraced the future with a large technical upgrade. We're now excited to
embrace the past with a special series dedicated to 70mm film," Wood said.
WHAT CINERAMA IS: Cinerama came to popularity in the early 1960s, shot with
three 35mm motion picture cameras mounted as one unit, sharing one motor.
Three separate projectors running simultaneously merged the film into one
movie, shown on a giant, deeply curved screen.
Tickets will be available for purchase for $12 beginning Friday, Aug. 26 at
3-Strip Cinerama films
This Is Cinerama|
How The West Was Won
The Sound Of Music|
Lawrence of Arabia
2001: A Space Odyssey
My Fair Lady
West Side Story
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
For more information about the film festival, including screening times,
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