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Keith Swadkins Passed Away
By Bill Lawrence
It is with sadness that we received the news that Keith Swadkins had passed away. Keith had long been a great champion of Cinerama, passionate fan of the format and films, and a friend to fellow enthusiasts around the world. Many will have met and developed a friendship with him at the Widescreen Weekend in Bradford each year, as Keith and his wife Brenda turned up to renew old acquaintances and impress newcomers with his knowledge.
Cinérama Itinérant (Itinerama) Cinerama's Mobile Tent Theatres
By Gerhard Witte
A top priority of Nicolas Reisini, CEO of Cinerama, Inc. from '60 to '63, was to bring 3-strip projection to the widest possible audience, above all to the population in the countryside. Consequently, he created in a showmanly way a portable Cinerama, the so-called "Itinerama" which premiered in France in Mantes-la-Jolie on Monday, 4 September 1961 – "Why go to Paris or London to experience Cinerama, when Cinerama can come to you?!"
Remastered: Mission Report from Widescreen Weekend 1996
By Thomas Hauerslev
Seeing old prints, faded clips, looking for join lines, the smell of magnetic sound, hearing tape hiss, seeing "Intermission" signs, is all part of the show in Bradford. The week-end in Pictureville came to an end. I owe much thanks to the staff there, especially Mr Bill Lawrence, Mr Tony Cutts, Mr Duncan McGregor and Mr. Dick Vaughan for making it unforgettable, highly interesting and for making me feel so welcome.

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Go to: Widescreen Weekend 1996
Remastered: Widescreen Weekend 1996
By Thomas Hauerslev
Bill Lawrence introduced the show and told the story of how the staff had worked hard to make this work. There was a big applaud for Tony and Duncan from the audience, and Bill Lawrence continued: "Without the International Cinerama Rumour Factory this show would never had taken place". The Widescreen Weekend is a celebration of all that is extraordinary in large format film and the audiences clearly prefer the curve to the flat screen.

Go to Gallery: Bradford, Widescreeen Weekend 1996
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Pictureville Cinema, Wide Screen Weekend 1996
Stereo-70 Three-Dimensional Cinematography in Russia
By Alexander Melkumov
Our company as scientific & creative program "STEREOKINO" was created by a group of people for the purpose of improving and developing the 3D movie in Russia. One of the founders of our company is the director of stereokino labоrаtоry in NIKFI (Russian Scientific Research Cinema and Photo Institute) - Sergey Rozhkov.

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Notes from the 12th 7OMM Seminar in Krnov, Czech Republic
By Thomas Hauerslev
I like the fact it is actually real film - scratches, dust and all - shown on film projectors by people for people. I appreciate that someone is doing the work upstairs that requires skills, expertise, and an understanding of showmanship. An experience with Reel People projecting a film for you. It's the real thing! It does not get more authentic than this.

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12th 7OMM Seminar Gallery

"Dunkirk" in the splendour of 7OMM
Where to see the film in 5/70 & 15/70 (IMAX)
Want to see "Dunkirk" on real film, in the splendour of 7OMM? This is a Worldwide in-progress 7OMM Presentation Premiere list which has been has been edited based on internet foras, reports by's readers and theater web sites. Please note, this list is based on facts, and readers calling their local cinemas, asking for the authentic 7OMM Experience, as the director want you to see his film.
Cinema Digital Sound - System Overview
Ronald E. Uhlig & Howard J. Flemming
I hope this introduction to Cinema Digital Sound has helped you understand some of the excitement we have regarding the future of motion picture sound. Analog sound tracks for motion pictures have been around for about 50 years now. We fully expect that 1991 will mark the turning point and that Cinema Digital Sound will become the standard sound system for the next 50 years. The reaction of those who have heard it, from industry experts to the average theater goer, certainly points in that direction.
VistaVision Strikes Back
By David Harvilla & Jack Winemiller
The Negative, is about a large format still photographer and his journey in the wilderness of the American West. The film is a love letter to the John Ford western The Searchers, which was filmed in Monument Valley, a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, which the production team of The Negative also chose as their shooting location. The scale of the landscape and theme of The Negative called for an epic shooting format. After exploring different options and formats, the filmmakers decided to originate the film on VistaVision.
"2OO1" in 7OMM sells out at the ARCADIA
By Francesco Gualeni
The 630 patrons have experienced "2OO1" in a total silence, no mobile screen was turned on, aware that they were seeing not only a masterpiece on the huge ENERGY screen, but a way to shoot & project the movie that is now vanishing. It was good to see a lot of young people, seeing the movie for the very first time.
70mm Film Weekend in Centrum Panorama Varnsdorf, Czech Republic
By Zdenek Stepanek
On behalf of 70 mm Cinema Panorama in Varnsdorf, Czech Republic, on the border with Germany, we would like to invite you to a 70mm Weekend which will be held from 11th until 14th May, 2017 within the 14th Film Festival Nisa. Viewers will have a unique experience to watch large format films projected onto a panoramic screen about the size of 120 m2. We've got a long weekend full of special movies that are rarely shown at similar events or not at all, but also the very best of world cinema.

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12th Oslo 70mm Festival 2017
By Jan E Olsen
The Norwegian film institute proudly presents the 12th Oslo 70mm festival 25. August - 3. September 2017. The program is a mix of vintage original prints, blow-ups and restored classics. This festival, dedicated to a movie format that was introduced more than 50 years ago, is a dream for many movie fans around the world.
Showcase Presentations in Philadelphia
By Mike Coate
The “roadshows” have been listed with an asterisk following the applicable titles. These were reserved-seat engagements with advanced pricing and limited, scheduled showtimes (typically ten-per-week or two-a-day). Souvenir programs were usually sold and often the presentations included an overture, intermission, entr’acte, and exit music.
Z historie 70mm kina Eden v Plzni
By Ludek Brejcha
A tak v roce 1967 proběhla premiéra 70mm filmu Old Shatterhand ve zcela zrekonstruovaném kinu, jehož celý název zněl „Panoramatické kino Eden”. Kino si získalo velkou popularitu díky skvělému obrazu a zvuku. Návětěvníci se sjižděli z celého kraje /byly pořádány zájezdy/. Na mnoha místech v Plzni byly instalovány plechové tabule - směrníky, udávající směr ke kinu Eden.
70mm Cinema Eden, Pilsen, Czech Republic
By Ludek Brejcha
I'm former professional projectionist from Pilsen, Czech Republic and now I'm a fan of all aspects of film and projection techniques. In Pilsen, there was a cinema called EDEN for 70 and 35mm projection, and "my" cinema, the HVEZDA (The Star). Both cinemas EDEN and HVEZDA are closed. Projectors ended up God knows where.
Which films were probably never shown in Super Technirama 70?
By Thomas Hauerslev
Far from all Technirama films were given the 70mm treatment, and simply released in 4-perf Technirama. For many years in the 70mm enthusiast community, some Technirama titles have given rise to speculation. "Were 70mm versions released, or not?". lists 9 films, which may have been shown in 70mm somewhere in major markets. Comments and information about "Which films were probably never shown in Super Technirama 70?" is most welcome, and will be included in the page.
Visiting the Prince Charles Cinema in London's West End
By Thomas Hauerslev
The Prince Charles Cinema have many posters on display on their facade, many of which are of their own design. The tag "Presented in 7OMM 6 Track Dolby Stereo" is prominently placed with BIG letters on the posters. It is very nice to see this kind of showmanship still being used to promote 70mm in London. Take a look at their web site too - search for "70mm", and you can see the same logos and advertising. If you are in London, do check out their web site and go back to memory lane for some 70mm magic.

• Go to the gallery Prince Charles Cinema, London's West End, UK

• Go to gallery 3 Falke Bio, Denmark
Go to The First Todd-AO Theatre in Scandinavia
Ken Draper interviewed
Mikael Barnard
I started work at the Casino on 19 September 1954, eleven days before opening night on 30 September. We had to pick it up quickly but we did many rehearsals and were well prepared. I started with the début screening of This is Cinerama, and then in 1956 we ran Cinerama Holiday. I left in 1957 for a job at MGM British Studios at Borehamwood where I worked in the preview theatre

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No esplendor do 7OMM
By Paulo Roberto P. Elias

Quando Oliver! foi exibido no Vitória, o cinema ficou abarrotado. A expectativa em torno do filme e da estória atraiu o grande público. Tivesse Carol Reed se proposto a mais uma versăo em filme do romance clássico “Oliver Twist”, escrito por Charles Dickens, o impacto talvez năo tivesse sido o mesmo. Mas, se tratava de uma megaproduçăo, com sets em larga escala no estúdio, poucas cenas rodadas em locaçăo, controle total de uma produçăo baseada em uma versăo musical da estória.
Abandoned Prevost 70/35 projectors at Ariston Cinema in Meran
By Dietmar Zingl
Not much is know about the abandoned  Prevost 70/35 projectors at the Ariston cinema in Meran, Italy / South Tirol. As far as we know, the Prevost-projectors have been removed and saved and stored in a kind of technical museum in Bozen/Bolzano. Did the Ariston ever show films in 70mm? Maybe some readers can share some stories about it?
Why 70mm Matters
By Brian Walters
The 70mm format has experienced a phoenix like re - birth due to the efforts of film makers like Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino, who have against the odds, released films using the large negative 70mm release print format, after being instrumental in brokering a deal with the six major Hollywood studios to guarantee the availability of Eastman Kodak film negative for a further five years.
Cinema like never before in Munich, Germany
By Anders M. Olsson
I heard that the Film Museum in Munich was going to show a couple of the digitally restored Cinerama titles, as well as David Strohmaier’s documentary “Cinerama Adventure”. David Strohmaier couldn’t be there to introduce the films and he suggested me as his replacement. Much to my surprise, the museum agreed to cover the cost of my flight and hotel room, so off I went to Munich on January 6 2017.
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Welcome to “This is Cinerama”
KRRR! 12th 70mm Film Fest Krnov 2017
The next 70mm Film Fest regularly taking place in Krnov is knocking on the door again. After a year the majestic cinema Mir 70 will become a place where true film fans of celluloid from many European counties - especially enthusiasts loving widescreen format - will meet. Three days of a rare occasion to see great 70mm movies screened on a 105 square meters of slightly curved screen and good opportunity to remember history of “old school” cinema technology in today's sterile digital era.
The Restoration of DP70 #1820
By Emiel de Jong
DP70 no. 1820 is back almost where it was born: it's now on permanent display in the lobby of "Centrum Hofdael", arthouse cinema / general art-centre in Geldrop, close to Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

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5 YEARS AGO - 2012
Some Notes on Shooting "Lawrence of Arabia"
Dolby Stereo Surround On 70mm
Windsor “Todd-AO theater in Săo Paulo, Brazil

10 YEARS AGO - 2007

Grant's Blow-up Blog
Remembering Miklos Rozsa
The true history of Circlorama 1962-65

15 YEARS AGO - 2002
Filming of "Lewis and Clarke" in IMAX
How The West Was Won - in Cinerama
26 Things Movies Taught You

20 YEARS AGO - 1997
The Basics of The Rolling Loop IMAX Projector
Dimension 150 Driving Simulator
Movies Are Never What They Seem

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The Making of ‘Ellston Bay’
By Nicholas Eriksson
Principal photography on the ambitious large-format short film ‘Ellston Bay’ concluded recently, marking the first time in a very long period that the 35mm VistaVision format has been utilised exclusively for a dramatic production. Below, Director and Cinematographer of the project Nicholas Eriksson talks further about the challenges of originating on VistaVision, and the benefits of using such a large negative area.

• Go to Gallery: Photography at the Pinewood Studios' Underwater Stage
"Comanche Stallion" filmed in Superama 65mm by Fatali Eye Productions
By Fatali
I am so thrilled to be chosen by Clyde Lucas to become a partner filming Comanche Stallion. This script was the legendary John Ford’s pet film project, which never reached the screen. Comanche Stallion, based on the novel by Tom Milstead, it’s the story of the Comanche’s search for a mystical horse, while suffering the wrath of General Lathrop. Ford wanted Burl Ives for the role of the general, but Ives’ health was not up to the task, and Ford’s own health also failed.
The Thrill of a Lifetime
A Diary from the set of "Cinerama Holiday"
By Betty York
Even on the 12th of January, Christmas is still hanging on with trees and tinsel seen occasionally in restaurants and stores. We finally met the great man himself - De Rochemont. We were both so scared we felt like dolts and could hardly speak. After all, what can one say to a person so great as he must be to produce the fine movies which we have seen.
Visiting John Harvey
By Tom March
I just got back from visiting John Harvey in Dayton Ohio where he has been living at the Pinnacle Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre since 1998. Never ceasing to amaze, John had a big new curved screen TV set up in his room and, when I arrived, it was all cued up to run the Rockaway Playland roller coaster.
Počátky Todd-AO
By Thomas Hauerslev
Co si máme představit pod pojmem systém Todd-AO? Todd-AO je sedmdesátimilimetrový film s obrovským rozlišením a ostrostí, který se promítá na obří plátno rychlostí posuvu 30 políček za vteřinu. Svou nedostižnou kvalitou obrazu je sedmdesátimilimetrový film nesmírně působivý právě díky velikosti obrazového pole a vysoké snímkové frekvenci. Negativ je 4 x větší než klasický 35mm širokoúhlý film. Systém Todd-AO se stal vzorem pro 65mm a 70mm film a inspiroval filmový průmysl po celých šedesát let od svého vzniku. Sedmdesátimilimetrový filmový formát si dnes často spojujeme zejména s historickými velkofilmy a muzikály 60. let.
"Oklahoma!" screening & Report of visit to the studios in Los Angeles
Fred C. Matthews and Frank Riffle, August 1955
Projection equipment was a Phillips 70mm projector containing both 6 track magnetic pickup equipment and a single track optical pickup built in the projector itself. Picture and sound quality was excellent. The light source utilized was a Peerless Hicandescent arc lamp operating at 180 amperes with National Carbon Company Hitex 13.6mm positive carbon.

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• Go to 70mm Release Summary Sydney
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Centre on George Street | Pitt Centre | Hoyts Entertainment Centre | Village Cinema City
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The 7OMM Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following are lists of the 70mm first-run engagements of a hand full of film titles in North America:

“Yes, Georgio”
“The Entity”
“The Great Race”
“The Dirty Dozen”
“The Manitou”

Showcase Presentations in the Silicon Valley

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70mm Engagements
• Go to's list of films blown up to 7OMM

Online: 02-06-1999. Updated: 28-04-2017