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Written by: Alain Dorange
Pavilion at the EXPO '58 in Bruxelles in Belgium. Frame from "The March
This is a listing as complete as possible
of the countries in the world where the Kinopanorama three strip movies
were exhibited. For the USSR, the
listing of the movies is already given on this site.
1 - Kinopanorama in USSR
The supposed complete theatre listing is as follows:
Moscow: Theatre Mir Kino where the Premiere took place on February 28th
1958 with "Great is my Country."
Leningrad/St Petersburg: theatre name is not known
Kiev: Kino Panorama
Perm: Cristal Panorama
Odessa: theatre name is not known
Yalta: theatre name is not known
2 - Kinopanorama in Belgium
This was the first Kinopanorama presentation outside the USSR at the
Expo 1958 of Brussels from April 17 up to October 1958. The movie is:
"Great is my Country" and shown on a screen of 24M x 9M. All
Kinopanorama equipment came from the USSR and by the end of the EXPO,
it was sent to Paris at the specially designed
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3 - Kinopanorama in France
3.1: Paris: Le Kinopanorama
Film: "Deux heures en Urss" (Two Hours in USSR) (120 min). The
French premiere took place on September 25th 1959. The movie is a
compilation from the first two Kinopanorama movies: "Great is my
Country" and "The Enchanted Mirror". The extracts are
compiled by Jean Paul Mauclaire and developed at the Mosfilm
Laboratories on film Svema/Osmo. The screen is 20 x 8,45 m and curved by
109 degrees. The stereo sound is on 9 tracks with 98 speakers in the
theatre. (5 behind the screen) and some at the ceiling (a beginning of
Dolby Atmos!). The prologue is a standard 35mm presentation "Russia 50
Film: "Un Francais a Moscou" (A Frenchman in Moscow) (120 min).
Opening on October 14th 1960 and again a compilation from the two
Kinopanorama movies: "One Hour of Unexpected travel by helicopter”
and "Fourth Programme of Panoramic Films: "Circus Performances and On
the Red Square". This time, the compilation is from Jean Devaivre
and Nina Companeez. Before the movie, there is a Russian three strip
short: "Les Oursons" (The Bear Cubs).
Film: "L'Urss a Coeur Ouvert" (USSR with an Open Heart) (90 min).
Opening on May 1961 and this is not a compilation but the integral of
the Russian counterpart movie of the same title.
The sequences are as follow:
• The wedding Palace (Moscov)
• Restaurant and Cha-cha-cha (Moscov)
• The atomic ice breaker Lenine
• The chess players (Moscov)
• The splendid subway (Moscov)
• Reindeer racing inthe taiga
• Moiesselev Ballets
• The Bolchoi Before the movie, a documentary in standard 35mm:
"Tolstoy Vivant" (Tolstoy)
Film: "Kinochoc" (Kinoshock) (120 min). Opening on March 1st 1962
and this is the third compilation composed from the following
Kinopanorama movies: "Naughty Curves", "Antarctic
for the Whales" and "Amazing Hunting".
Film: "Volga, Volga" (The Volga flows on) (140 min)
Opening on November 21st 1962. This is not a compilation but the
integral of the Kinopanorama movie of the same title. Before this movie,
a short: "Le Pigeon" (The Pidgeon) in standard 35mm.
Film: "La Loi de l'Antarctic" (The Law of the Antarctic) ( 90
min). Opening on April 26th 1963.This is the fourth compilation from the
three Kinopanorama movies: "Winter Study", "On Submarine
Scooters" and "The Law of Antarctica".
Film: "La Tragedie Optimiste" (The Optimistic Tragedy) (121 min).
Opening on September 1963 an the integral of the Kinopanorama movie of
the same title. A short before this film: "Histoire d'un crime" (
A Crime Story and this is not with David Suchet ! ).
So here at this Parisian Kinopanorama theatre, a total of seven three
strip movies have been shown. Please note this theatre was equipped with
six projectors so there was no need of intermission.
3.2: Marseille: ABC Theatre
From February 22nd 1961 up to March 20th 1962,two three strip movies
were shown: "Two Hours in Ussr" and "USSR with an Open Heart".
The ABC theatre was equipped with Cinerama equipments but this was
nearly compatible with the Kinopanorama.
There were only three major differences:
• 26 frames per second instead of 25fr/sec (negligible).
• 7 soundtracks instead of 9 (easy to accommodate)
• Need of an intermission.
3.3: Romainville and Champigny
Those two cities at the outskirt of Paris did show "Two Hours in
USSR" in their Town halls. We can imagine the quality of the
presentations! The projectors were the Kinap ones, modified to receive a
spool for 2400M of pellicule (instead of the 1200m) in order to have one
hour of show before the intermission. It would not have been practical
to run six projectors under those conditions. The amplifiers were from
• Romainville: nightly shows from December 28th 1963 to February 26th
• Champigny: nightly shows from March 25th 1964 to May 19th 1964.
Colosseum in Oslo in the fall of 1995. Image by Thomas Hauerslev
4 - Kinopanorama in
This is the West European Premiere in Oslo at the Colosseum theatre from
February 12th 1959 up to end of March 1959. The film is: "Great is my
Country". This is at the Colosseum theatre that "Windjammer"
was having the European Premiere on April 25th 1958 in Cinemiracle
process. Consequently, this three strip Kinopanorama movie was fully
compatible as the screen is 120 degrees curved. "Windjammer" was
also tested at the Kinopanorama in Paris and was said to look better
than its presentation at the Empire Cinerama (also in Paris). This is
due to reason that the Kinopanorama theatre was having a 120 degrees
screen and the Empire Cinerama a 146 degrees screen.
5 - Kinopanorama in West Germany
Presentation in June 1961 at the Capitol Theatre in West Berlin (at that
time). Film: "Zwischen Nordpol Und Krim" ( Two hours in USSR).
This is now the French editing which will be shown in some of the
countries below. For the Premiere, the Soviet Ambassador Mr M. G.
Perwuchin was invited. This movie was shown with Cinerama equipments and
Colosseum in Oslo in the fall of 1995. Image by Thomas Hauerslev
6 - Kinopanorama in
"Two Hours in USSR" was shown with Cinerama equipment and
soundtrack. Presentation by mid 1962 at the
Draken (Goteborg) and a
re-run at the
Vinterpalatset. The film is "Great is my Country", shown on
Cinerama equipment and with an English soundtrack.
7 - Kinopanorama in Italy
Presentation from May 10th 1961 up to July 27th 1961 at the Manzoni
Cinerama theatre in Milan. The film: "Due Ore in USSR" (Two
Hours in USSR). Cinerama equipment and Italian soundtrack.
8 - Kinopanorama in the USA
8.1 : New York
During the Russian Trade Fair at the Coliseum in 1959, the Kinopanorama
process is presented under the name of Cinepanorama which is actually
the correct name used by the Russians. The name of Kinopanorama was the
translation for "export". The theatre is Mayfair in New York and the
equipment is Cinemiracle with
3 projectors so there was an intermission
Two films were presented:
• "Great is my Country" from June 30th 1959.
• "The Enchanted Mirror" from July 21st 1959.
Then those two movies are alternatively shown from August 3rd 1959 .
8.2 : Kinopanorama in Cinerama.
This could have been called: "The Best of Kinopanorama". The
unexpected title is: "Cinerama's Russian Adventure" (122mn). This film
is composed from various extracts of three strip Kinopanorama movies and
presented in three strip Cinerama. This compilation is realised by J.
Jay Frankel and Harold J. Dennis. The Premiere is taking place on March
29th 1966 at the McVickers theatre of Chicago for eleven weeks. There is
a short prologue narrated by Bing Crosby. The McVickers is the only
place where this movie could be seen in three strips. Other theatre were
using simple 70mm process (or so called Ultra Cinerama).
9 - Kinopanorama in Cuba
Presentation at the Radio Centro ( Havana ) from April 17th 1961 up to
December 20th 1963.We do not know the projected titles but the equipment
was the Kinap one and have been shipped from Perm Kinopanorama (USSR). Here in Cuba, the process is called "Soviet Cinerama".
10 - Kinopanorama in South Africa
Presentation at the Cinerama Theatre of Johannesburg from July 6th 1962
up to December 19th 1962. The film: "Two Hours in USSR" on
11 - Kinopanorama in Japan
The theatre is Asakusa Shohikuza in Tokyo.
The film: "Ooinaru Rakuen" (Two Hours in USSR) We do not know the
exact dates but this was during 1961 / 1962. In Japanese, the
Kinopanorama is called: Kinerama. In Japanese, the Cinerama is called:
Shinerama. Like those two processes, the difference between those two
names is obvious!!!
An article written in "New York VARIETY":
Tokyo, November, 13, 1962 / RUSSIAN" KINERAMA" IN TOKYO FOLDEROO
The highly touted showing of Kinerama´s "Two Hours in USSR" at
Shochiku-za in the Asakusa section of this city ended a four-months run with
a take that hardly paid the theatre operating costs. Shochiku had remodeled
the house at a cost of more than $55,000 for the Soviet version of the
Cinerama technique in the hopes of competing with the Yank originals, which
have been a box-office hit for many years at the Toho theatres. Opening
month of July, however, showed a gross of only $27,770 and subsequent months
showed sharp drop. In the final month of October the picture was drawing as
few as 180 patrons daily and less $85 at the box office. One reason given
for the bad biz is the location of house, which is fast by strip houses and
other theatres catering to non-class audiences. It failed to draw the hefty
numbers of tourists and groups of students who flock to Cinerama showings.
For time being, the theatre will be incorporated into Shichiku´s SY chain.
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