Kinopanorama Paris Update
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|Written by: Jean-Noël
Grosmenil, from Japan/France
is the last picture of one Paris projector, now restored (only the pedestal
was in need of a good coat of paint). It's loaded with 2400m reel and the "A
panel" test print. This is the Paris original version, not the ones used at
Perm, Leningrad or Kiev. I have restored this machine for Bois d'Arcy, we
have no need of a such machine. It's in working order and should be exposed
very soon at the Cinemathèque. But will never run again.
The Kinopanorama article is full of
mistakes. The so called "control desk" was the pre-control table to test the
SOUND equipement before a Kinopanorama Show (3x35 and 70 with sep mag
sound). It was also used to do the intermission from the booth, during the
early 70mm years. At the bottom of that desk, located very close to the
sound dubbers, there was 18 pre-amplifiers racks. The MAIN theatre control
table was removed since 1974, during the new orchestra refit.
The CCCP tube system, it was just a part of it. Greg Faris has done some
cleaning and the main control system, the AC stabilizer and many features
were removed. Without realy understanding what he was doing. It was in
1986-87 for the new sound system (STS). The middle racks was for the CP 200
and extras and the remaining parts of Stanford for effect speakers (cut at
800 Hz). It was reported as in working order, this was false. Only two of
them were almost working, but not 4. The two left ones were almost empty of
valve, mostly the last one. It was used once in 1987, but the center was STS
and the effects were Standforf but on Kinap's speaker (never upgraded to STS
by Pierre Pinton, a choice).
The KPP projectors were the ones who went to scrap... or almost In 1986-87,
Pierre has done a loan for Mr Costa Gavras. 3 projectors, a spare head and
one dubber. One of the remaining projector in 1990 went to Kinepolis
Belgium, then Lomes. The remaining dubber went to my home lately with the
last remainining rack of bi-amplifiers and many Russian spares left in place
by Gaumont. The last projector went to CMP, then to scrap. Mostly
dismanteled by different projectionists for collectors.
You have also noticed 2 x16mm projectors, it was for Pierre Deparnay
conferences. The last film projected in Panorama in Paris was in 1964, not
70's. After the kind of Itinerama-Kinopanorama in Paris suburb, the system
never used again. Only the dubbers were used once in 1974 for a sound
Festival. The two "B" projectors were "on loan" to Abel Gance, for a
relaunch of his "Napoleon". It
was way to complicate to transform the system to 4-p and the projectors went
back to Paris, located first behind the screen wall, then to Ormoy.
You shoud have many pictures of the remaining saved parts of original
material from Paris. I have one dubber in working order and 2x2
bi-amplifiers, rebuilt front speakers and sttabilized AC for the amplifier.
Mr Carrin has seen once when they were just overhauled in 2002, in working
order. Serge & I have all the prints and the systèm is build to show
pictures (Victoria 5 custom). We are waiting for a better sound head, custom
made. The system is working "in synch", but computer controlled. We have
collected by Dimiti a lot of parts from the Kiev Kinopanorama, Lomo and Perm
Cristal Panorama (now an IMAX).
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The Kinopanorama in Paris was not the same if
you compare it to former Panorama theatre in East-block. The booth was a
mixture of Cinelume (Cinemeccanica France) and Kinap. Including during the
early real Kinopanorama 3-strips, the projectors and some features were
- for patent problems, for me false but ... The reverted back to the real
system in 1961. So you have many Kinopanorama "flavors"
- for easy maintenance - first and second level - by the team and Cinelume.
The heavy maintenance was done by Russian's technician monthly during ten
When Pierre Pinton took a real interest for the Kinopanorama, most of the
system was very damaged by UGC. Rinalodo made some upgrade to have 10
working bi-amplifiers. But the fuses were Russian and were mostly changed
with quick solutions. Many power transformer burned and it was way to
expensive to restore the system. It was put out of service in 1981 and
disconnected in 1982. Greg has put it back in working order, but only for
sound demos, with 4-chanels.
I wrote a book located at "La mission historique de la ville de Paris", with
the last pictures of the theatre before the transformation into body-care
shop. It's in French, but you have all the small publishings located at
The only difference, it's a co-writing. A young architect has done the
structure, I have done the technical and day to day aspect of the theatre.
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