1st Todd-AO Festival 2005, Schauburg, Karlsruhe
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Herbert Born, Thomas Hauerslev.
Images by: Herbet Born, Sylvia Ballhouse, Peter Vollny, Thomas Hauerslev & Jean Pierre Gutzeit
17 August 2005 + 11 December 2005
Herbert Born, the manager of the Schauburg cinema in Karlsruhe, Germany.
With a special friend, the 70mm projection lens.
A 50th anniversary is celebrated in gigantic proportions in
October. 50 years ago Todd-AO introduced the 70mm format with its large and
sharp images, almost three dimensional, and sound with five channels behind
the screen and surround effects in the cinema.
During a full weekend, ten gigantic epics
are shown in the impressive Todd-AO 70mm format on a huge 136
sqm curved screen in the famous classic cinema. The Schauburg
Cinerama is one of the few surviving cinemas, with 70mm
projectors, a red curtain and the huge curved screen. It’s the
perfect framework for the presentation of these brand new 70mm
prints with DTS digital sound. There will also be small
exhibitions, functions and line of 70mm short subjects and a
Regina Halmich and manager Herbert Born with a reel of 70mm film
during a presentation of "Million Dollar Baby" at the Schauburg
cinema in Karlsruhe 7 March 2005.
Foto: Juergen Hasenkopf
It’s a unique opportunity to see how good and how movies
REALLY are meant to be seen in the cinema. Not a word about
Dogma95, DV video, a grumpy Lars von Trier, grainy and shaky
images with bad sound in mono. No, this is "the REEL thing".
Treat yourself with the opportunity to see just how good films
can look, during these transitional times where the digital
cinema is a reality.
See and hear Barbara Strisand in her best role as Dolly Levi.
See the greatest musicals of all time with Julie Andrews, and
join a space ship and see the Moon as it really looks with
Stanley Kubrick. Come and get a better understanding of "The
Rain in Spain" with Henry Higgins, decorate The Sistine Chapel
with Charlton Heston and see the gap between Terry Thomas´ teeth
when he crosses the English Channel. Remember suitable clothing
if you want to feel and hear Winston Ryders hurricane on the
west coast of Ireland and join the front line of war with George
C. Scott and finally - remember your boarding card to
All this is only possible - in 70mm.
"50 years of Todd-AO"
Friday, 7. October
Free beer by sponsor HOEPFNER Bräu.
Opening of small Todd-AO Poster Exhibition
"Patton" (new print)
"The Agony and the Ecstasy" (new print)
"Hello, Dolly!" (new print)
Come together in Foyer Schauburg
when "Hello, Dolly!" ends.
Saturday, 8 October
"Ryan´s Daughter" (vintage print)
"Doctor Doolittle" (new print)
"Those Magnificent men ..." (new print)
"My Fair Lady" (vintage print) "GALA screening" evening dress
Sunday, 9 October
Lecture ”Early days of Todd-AO” by Thomas Hauerslev
10.30 - 12.30
Large sells ... (70mm memorabilia show)
"Fanny´s Wedding" and "A Year Along The Abanodoned Road"
"Airport" (Vintage print)
"The Sound of Music" (new print)
"2001: A Space Odyssey" (new print)
in 70mm reading:
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The Schauburg during Cinerama in 1968
Herbert Born for reservations
Office: +49 721 3500 011
Cell +49 175 1097 804
Attending the TODD-AO Festival, Schauburg, Karlsruhe, October 7 - 9, 2005
Waldemar Oroszi, Germany
Udo Geisselhart, Germany
Hans Haenssler, Germany
Andreas Schwab, Germany
Andreas Urban, Germany
Ingrid Schübner, Germany
Gerhard Schübner, Germany
Beate Hannemann, Germany
Wolfram Hannemann, Germany
Volker Hannemann, Germany
Theodor Sieber, Germany
Jean-Pierre Gutzeit, Germany
Christian Appelt , Germany
Alfred Knapp , Germany
Dirk Havenstein, Germany
Johannes Meichßner, Germany
Jochen Lutz , Germany
Florian Nisbach, Germany
Thomas Trapp, Germany
Rolf Breuer, Germany
Christian Loepfe, Germany
Jochen Rudschies, Germany
Daniel Heinrich-Jaquet, Germany
Urs Spörri, Germany
Michael Basler, Germany
Gunter Pietschmann, Germany
Dieter Connemann, Germany
Werner Neuner, Germany
Clemens Scherer, Germany
Kevin Phelan, UK
Darren Briggs, UK
Bill Thompson, UK
Margaret & Mark Lyndon, UK
Francois Carrin, France
Georges Loisel, France
Stefan Holliger, Switzerland
Sebastian Rosacker, Sweden
Thomas Hauerslev, Denmark
Information about hotels, tickets etc.
price is EURO 65,00 per pass and includes entrance to all screenings of the
festival, entrance to the "Get together" on Friday evening after the "HELLO,
DOLLY!" screening, free breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday morning in
The Schauburg Foyer just before the program starts, a glass of champagne
during the intermission at the "MY FAIR LADY" gala screening and a small
This pass includes no accommodation.
We have an arrangement with a very good
hotel just around the corner of the cinema, the price there is per night
and double room EURO 76,00.
Reservations can be made through Herbert Born (my e-mail adress) or directly
at the hotel +49-721-35260. Please ask for the special "Schauburg-Festival"
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For 3 Days - we present the king of all film formats: Todd-AO 70mm
Celebrate with us when we present the classic movies in the original format
on the big screen, where they were born to be seen, in a traditional road
Experience the extremely sharp images and crystal clear 6 track stereo on
the curved Cinerama screen
Experience the highpoints of movie history.
We present the films directly from the Hollywood studio archives in the
Thomas Hauerslev (www.in70mm.com) will give a lecture with historic
picture material about "The Early Days of TODD-AO" ...
Friday evening a "get together" and opening of a Todd-AO film poster
Sunday morning, "70mm Breakfast Special" with screening of the award
winning "Fanny´s Wedding" and the equally award winning "A Year
Along The Abanodoned Road"
films in original version, except "70mm-Vintage-Classic" which are
dubbed into German.
Entrance EUR 9 per show
Weekend-Pass: € 65,00
The weekend pass includes:
The weekend pass gives includes the following additional bonus...
- free entrance to all movies
- entrance to get together and opening of poster exhibition
- A glass of champagne during intermission of Gala show Saturay evening
- Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday morning before the 10 o´clock
- Festival Program brochure
- 70mm surprise
Come celebrate with us a BIG weekend, with a BIG film format, a BIG screen
and great guests and visitors from all around the world
The 70mm Weekend Details by Mr. Herbert Born
Herbert Born CV
We sold around 1000 tickets during the 3 days festival, including the
weekend passes, this is already a success and in the high region of my
With the help of some sponsors, we could arrange for some budget, which
allowed us for printing posters, banners, flyers, advertising etc.
Of course we had some major investment in the technical aspects. We
bought a 70mm time code reader, DTS-Special venue processor board for
upgrading to 6-discrete channels, we did a complete refurbishing of the
DP75 including new parts for the film gates, new sprocket reels, new
cross shaft and new muff coupling, which gave us a rock steady 70mm
picture. This work was done by large format specialist Norbert Thäder of
KINOTON, Germany, which also supplied us with a new 5000W lamphouse and
mirrors to have best light for the curve.
New TECCON magnetic reader heads were installed and we bought a new lens
which fit exactly to the screen. The lens is the SCHNEIDER
Super-70-Cinelux 1:2,0 MC (a 7 element construction) with a focal length
For the magnetic sound we use a modified DOLBY MPU-1 preamplifier, the
modification was done by Gunter Oehme, our sound engineer, who did all
the necessary measurements and installation work and adjusting the
speakers to have the best possible sound. (will post a picture of
Gunter, adjusting sound at our OPEN AIR shows) Further we used DOLBY CP200
The speakers and amplifiers were from the
“d&b audio” F-series.
Vincent Koch and Markus Vetter are our projectionists. Vincent Koch did
all the preparation work including examining and preparing the prints,
timing the curtains etc. He made an exact cue sheet for the projection
schedule of each film, which looks very professional, and Markus Vetter.
Both are young but very enthusiastic guys, when it goes to 70mm and they
did a great job.
I was born in the same year
as CinemaScope had it’s public birthday. Went to school and began during
school work as a part time projectionist in Aachen, Elysee cinema (now a
discotheque) I went to Frankfurt after school and began to work at the
German office of CINEMA INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION where very soon, I
became the Dubbing Manager of CIC, later UIP.
I left the company in 1983
to form my own movie production company. We produced "THE MIKADO PROJEKT"
(unfortunately in 35mm only, we should have done it in 70mm) with Eddie
Constantine, a James Bond parody, which was released in Germany, Austria
and Switzerland and is still on TV every two or three years.
Later I did
screenplays for TV serials and shows until in 2000 I came back to the
roots, to the cinema, to become Manager of 3 cinemas in Frankfurt, then
in 2003 I became manager of the CINEPLEX in Frankfurt, an 8 screen
multiplex, where we did the first 70mm instalment in the biggest screen.
In 2005 I took over the SCHAUBURG in Karlsruhe on my own risk and let’s
see, what the future will bring …
Editors note: Herbert Born is also the owner of a Maserati convertible.
Editors note. Herbert Born drives a very fast car
on the German Autobahn. Here are the details:
"My Maserati is a “Biturbo Spyder 2.24V”, quite rare, only 200 cars were
(hand)built and sold worldwide (same quantity of "Indiana Jones
and the Temple of Doom" or "Brainstorm" 70mm prints were produced by Technicolor, this
gives you the necessary connection to our common topic)"
Vincent Koch, Projection, Preparation prints
Markus Vetter, Projection
Nikolas Banspach, Manager Cinema Operation
Helge Wagner, Festival Webside
Gunter Oehme, Sound Engineer
Frank Schmitz, KINOTON, Germany
Norbert Thäder , KINOTON, Germany
Torsten Lohmann, Filmpalast, Karlsruhe
Manel Carreras, dts-Europe
Peter Fearn, dts-Europe
Hooman Afshari, 20th Century Fox, Germany
Torsten Frehse, Neue Visionen, Berlin
Ralph Metternich, UIP, Germany
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