Cinerama Impressions From The Dome
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|Written by: David
Dennis Jr. son of
attending the Dome
screening in Los
I just wanted to report to you my impressions
about the remastered Cinerama films, RUSSIAN ADVENTURE and THE BEST OF
CINERAMA presented on December 6 and 7 respectively at the Cinerama Dome in
I had the wonderful privilege of seeing RUSSIAN ADVENTURE (shown on December
6, 2016) and THE BEST OF CINERAMA (shown on December 7, 2016) this week at
the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The remastered Cinerama films were amazing
and entertaining! I have never seen these two Cinerama three-strip films
before and it was a great pleasure. The remastered Cinerama films were shown
from the digital projector in the Dome but filled the entire Cinerama
screen. I say "filled the screen" because sometimes the present day movies
shown there don't always fill the screen, leaving a little space on the
bottom of the sides of the great screen. So, it was a pleasure to see every
centimeter of the whole screen utilized.
The presentations were bright, clear, complete with the blurred lines where
the three strip film met in the original Cinerama films. Even though the
three projectors were not used, the main projector (the Cinerama Dome's
Christie laser projector can do anything, it seems) presented the films as
if we were seeing the Cinerama movies with the three projection system! The
experience was glorious!
The RUSSIAN ADVENTURE was an miraculous
restoration, and it was interesting to see that there were a few times that
the different panels didn't always stay in synchronization. Dave Strohmaier
explained that the panels of RUSSIAN ADVENTURE were difficult to remaster
because of the way the Russian filmmakers made the film in their own version
of the three strip production called Kinopanorama (the panels were not
always in sync). For me, that made the movie a more authentic Cinerama
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THE BEST IN CINERAMA didn't have the synchronization issues that RUSSIAN
ADVENTURE had and the movie flowed easily from one great panoramic scene to
another. The sound was crisp and clear, with THE BEST OF CINERAMA having the
best sound for the Dome's all immersive sound system.
The crowd in the Dome on both nights were
enthusiastic and surrounded the Cinerama master himself, Dave Strohmaier,
during the intermission and after the presentations! I noticed that the
crowd for THE BEST OF CINERAMA had more young people in attendance than the
night before which made me hopeful that these young people will love
Cinerama as much as we "older" ones. I want to thank the team that
remastered these great Cinerama films for saving these international
Cinerama treasures from obscurity; thanks to Dave Strohmaier for completing
this Herculean task of saving these movies for future generations; thanks to
Arclight Cinemas for these special Cinerama nights under their ARCLIGHT
PRESENTS program. BRAVO and congratulations to all!
What a glorious night! I love the Dome!
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