IN7OMM.COM
Search page
Deutsch | Language
7OMM e-News
Rumour Mill
Contact | Volunteers

WHAT'S ON IN 7OMM?
Todd-AO Festival
KRRR! 70mm Seminar
Widescreen Weekend
7OMM Festival
 

7OMM FILM
"Flying Clipper"
"The Hateful Eight"
"The Master"
"Oklahoma!"
"Scent of Mystery"
"2OO1"

IN LARGE FORMAT
Todd-AO
Ultra Panavision 70
Super Panavision 70
Dimension 150
DEFA 70
Sovscope 70
Technirama
IMAX
Showscan
Cinerama
Cinemiracle
70mm Blow-up

NEWS
2016 | 2015 | 2014
2013 | 2012 | 2011
2010 | 2009 | 2008
2007 | 2006 | 2005
2004 | 2003 | 2002

LIBRARY
Interview & People
Cinemas
DP70 / Norelco AAII
70mm Projectors
Rama Galore
Cinerama Remaster
70mm Engagements
SENSURROUND
Stories
Remember

THE 7OMM NEWSLETTER
2005 | 2004 | 2002
2001 | 2000 | 1999
1998 | 1997 | 1996
1995 | 1994 | PDF
 

in70mm.com Mission:
• 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.
in70mm.com, a unique internet based magazine, with articles about 70mm cinemas, 70mm people, 70mm films, 70mm sound, 70mm film credits, 70mm history and 70mm technology. Readers and fans of 70mm are always welcome to contribute.

Disclaimer | Updates
Support us
Testimonials
Table of Content
 

eXTReMe Tracker
Extracts and longer parts of in70mm.com may be reprinted with the written permission from the editor.
Copyright ę 1800 - 2070. All rights reserved.

Visit biografmuseet.dk about Danish cinemas

 

Interstellaring in London
The art of film projection is not dead yet

Read more at
in70mm.com
The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Mark Lyndon, with images by Thomas Hauerslev Date: 27.11.2014
The huge front of the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London. Opened in 1938 and home to many premieres ever since.

Click the image to see an enlagement.

Oscar Deutsch, who founded the ODEON cinema empire back in 1928, has long gone. His legacy lives on, however in the Odeon UCI Cinema Group.

Some find Odeon cinemas a little too corporate, if not downright clinical. In one important respect, however, they reign supreme - image projection quality. To this day, they remain committed to 70mm projection, which is enjoying a renaissance thanks to Christopher Nolan's controversial masterpiece "Interstellar".
 
More in 70mm reading:

Go to the gallery The art of film projection is not dead yet

"Interstellar" Now Playing in 70MM

"Interstellar" Goes IMAX 70MM and 5/70 MM

70mm Film Presentations in London, England 1958 - 2014

70mm at the Odeon Leicester Sq, London

Internet link:

 
Michael at the Odeon

And yet, 70mm projection cannot be taken for granted. Even as "Interstellar" is smashing a box office records and Hollywood film directors are committing to 70mm principal photography and prints; there are cinema chains that are removing, yes removing 70mm projection from their houses. Who advises them, the captain of the Titanic?

Luckily, the Odeon Leicester Square, flagship theatre of the British film exhibition industry is fully equipped for 70mm and is likely to remain so. As every well informed student of this, the greatest of the arts, knows, a cinema performance is only as good as the mysterious person operating at the back of the auditorium; known universally as the Projectionist.
 
 
Cesar at the BFI IMAX with a used 15.000 watts IMAX Xenon lamb - same size a pineapple or a coconut with handles.

Odeon are very fortunate in their projection team at the Odeon Leicester Square. Watching Michael at work in the projection suite high up in the gods, was watching a master at work. The sheer skill and meticulousness with which he handled the precious 70mm print of Interstellar was a joy to behold.

As the old saying goes, I love work, I could watch it for hours. The same is true of his colleague Caesar in the BFI IMAX. Both projectionists go to enormous pains and trouble to ensure a flawless image emerges from what Orson Welles called the "Ribbon of dreams". They were also wonderful hosts, who welcomed us warmly into their domain. A world of wizardry, par excellence.
 
 
Mark Lyndon and Michela at the BFI IMAX.

The BFI London IMAX is in very good hands. Michaela, the manager, proved exceptionally capable in the face of a real crisis. The very powerful lamp at the heart of the 15/70mm IMAX projector had exploded. She dealt with skill and aplomb with some very awkward customers indeed, the kind who always expect perfection. Needless to say, the lamp crisis was resolved and the show went on.

Memo to Odeon, remember who was in charge when all box office records were smashed at the big London IMAX.

Go to the gallery The art of film projection is not dead yet
 
 
   
Go: back - top - back issues - news index
Updated 22-12-16