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Todd-AO and DP70 timetable

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Collected by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 01.07.2008
Name Job

22.06.1907

Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen was born in Minneapolis. Later known as Michael Todd (height 173 cm).
 

08.10.1929

Michael Todd, Jr is born.
 

30.09.1952

"This is Cinerama" world premiere in New York.
 

xx.10.1952

Michael Todd approaches Dr Brian O’Brien of The Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester, New York in a bar across Rochester airfield to discuss new process (Note 1).
 

Late 11.1952 or early 12.1952

Todd-AO photographic lens commissioned (late November 1952 (Note 1)). 128’ = 22mm (The Bug-Eye lens). 64’ = 44mm, 48’ = 58mm and 37’ = 76mm) (Note 9) decided later.
 

25.03.1953

Magna Theatre Corporation Theatre Corporation organized.
 

xx.05.1953

Construction of Todd-AO "Bug Eye" lens completed in only 6 months (It was 9 inch across front element).
 

15.06.1953

65mm test footage shot with vintage 23-year-old Paramount camera (Note 2) filmed by Michael Todd. Actress is Evelyn Keyes.
 

14.08.1953

Regent Theatre, Buffalo (800 seats). First screening of prototype Todd-AO process.
 

August 1953 Todd-AO Corporation came into being  at Wilmington, Delaware, US  (Note 6).
 

September 1953

Magna Theatre Corporation places an order of 50 Todd-AO multi purpose projectors from Philips in Holland.
 

xx.01.1954

More Todd-AO process tests shown in Regent Theatre in Buffalo (Note 2).
 

xx.06.1954

Todd-AO Corporation formed.
 

22.06.1954

First public Todd-AO process performance at MGM's stage 2 in Culver City (CA).
 

14.07.1954

Filming of "Oklahoma!" began with 2 Todd-AO cameras at MGM sound studios and at locations in Arizona (Note 5).
 

03.08.1954

More test 65mm footage filmed by director Fred Zinnemann and filmed by Harry Stradling ACS. Scenes are a 2-horse carriage with two people filmed in California.
 

Fall 1954 First DP70 prototype (Note 9). 3 DP70 pre-production models delivered from Philips in Holland (Note 6). May have been installed like this: 2 at American Optical Company in Southbridge and in Buffalo and one in MGM´s Stage 2 in Culver City. One machine also installed at Philips ELA Department in Holland.
 

15.10.1954

A Todd-AO demonstration with one DP70 concluded a long period of laborious research and experiments. This was the first presentation with the DP70.
 

06.12.1954

Filming of "Oklahoma!" ends. At that time 6 Todd-AO cameras were used (Note 5).
 

xx.02.1955

"Oklahoma!" scheduled for a May opening.
 

23.04.1955

"Oklahoma!" scheduled for a July 17 opening.
 

10.10.1955

"Oklahoma!" invitation premiere in New York. Also October 11 & 12.
 

13.10.1955

"Oklahoma!" world premiere at the Rivoli Theatre in New York. Two shows a day.
 

15.10.1955

10 Todd-AO cameras available (Note 6).
 

29.10.1955

"Oklahoma!" Hollywood premiere at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
 

02.11.1955

It was announced that Michael Todd had sold his holdings in Magna Theatre Corporation Theatre Corporation (Note 10).
 

22.03.1958

Michael Todd is killed in a plane crash near Grants, New Mexico and laid to rest at Jewish Waldheim Cemetery, Chicago (Remains moved to Hollywood, CA during the 1990s).
 

26.03.1958

1957 OSCAR. Todd-AO Corporation and Westrex Corporation for developing a method of producing and exhibiting wide-film pictures, known as Todd-AO System (Scientific and technical awards. Class 1 awards).
 

xx.12.1958

20th Century Fox invests USD 600.000 in the Todd-AO company and the rights to produce three films in the Todd-AO process.
 

08.04.1963

AMPAS president Wendell Corey presents the 1962 OSCAR to Norelco president Fred Pfeiff.
 

1986 New Cinespace 70 cameras introduced
 
Late 1990s Todd-AO camera department is sold and closed.
 
xx.05.2002 Michael Todd, Jr. passed away (Lung cancer)
 
2005 50th anniversary of the Todd-AO process
 
   
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