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THE INTERNATIONAL CINERAMA SOCIETY

• Go to Wide Visit With Willem Bouwmeester
Willem Bouwmeester
By Howard Rust
Willem's role in life was defined when his dad took him to the cinema at age 14 to see Cinerama. In 1992 he discovered that NMPFT was seeking a new attraction to add to it's collection. For him the logical choice could only be Cinerama.
Keith Swadkins
By Howard Rust
A true Cinerama enthusiast, typed, edited, a Cinerama newsletter that he posted to similarly minded enthusiasts all over the world, at his own expense. All correspondence traveled either by surface or airmail, the cost of which all came out of his own pockets.
Who is David Coles?
At the impressionable age of 12 my mother took me to the Sydney Plaza Theatre to see “Seven Wonders of the World” and I immediately became a Cinerama addict - determined to find out all about this wondrous process.
John Harvey's Cinerama Achievements Recognized
By Bill Lawrence
The NMPFT felt it was in place to pay tribute to John with a special award - a scroll - , thanking him for his contribution to revitalize Cinerama. Thanks to John's enthusiasm, Cinerama has again been made available to the public.

THE INTERNATIONAL CINERAMA SOCIETY
In October 1985 a group of movie enthusiasts got together and formed the “International Cinerama Society” with the ultimate goal of re-creating an authentic, three projector, seven-track sound Cinerama installation. PDF Newsletters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22. TICS' Cinerama Theatre List issue 18

CINERAMA PRESERVATION SOCIETY
Cinerama Preservation Society: Quarterly Newsletter, issue 1, Fall 1997

"Search for Paradise" Cue Sheet
The soundtrack of a Cinerama feature could be formatted as 6-track stereo, with mono surround or as 7 or even 8 track stereo with stereo surrounds. In some films surround format would change within the feature. The projectionist would follow a cue sheet indicating when sound channels had to be changed during the performance. This is an example from Malmø in Sweden.
Cinerama Festival Diary 2012
By David Coles
A whole week of rarely seen Cinerama features, documentaries, breakdown films and a 3-panel film advertisement – all presented at the worlds most famous Cinerama venue – the Dome, near the corner of Sunset & Vine in beautiful downtown Hollywood, U.S.A.
Cinerama Apartment
By
 Seamus Walsh
There are A LOT of these crappily-built apartment buildings from the late 50's-early 60's in Los Angeles. Many of them have exotic or grandiose names.
Saturday at Cinerama's 60th Anniversary
By Anders M Olsson
Impressions from the Cinerama festival in Los Angeles. Film star Russ Tamblyn introduced "Brothers Grimm".
Cinerama 60th Anniversary
By Tom March
A picture report from the "Cinerama center of the world" at the Dome in LA - people from Europe and the US are together celebrating the 60th anniversary of Cinerama
The Cinerama Dome Celebrates Cinerama's 60th Anniversary
Join us September 28th - October 4th at Hollywood's Historic CINERAMA Dome to celebrate Cinerama's 60th Anniversary! For the FIRST & ONLY time for one SPECTACULAR WEEK we will be playing twelve classic Cinerama productions
“The CINERAMA story”
By Johan Wolthuis
A brand new publication from International 70mm Publishers, about the unique large format process which has been brought back to life by the unbelievable work done by Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch

PEOPLE
Beatrice Troller (1932 - 2015)
By Troller Family
Beatrice Stocklin Troller passed away on August 18, 2015 after a valiant battle with cancer. Beatrice was born on February 18th, 1932 in Basel, Switzerland, where she attended Kunstgewerbeschule, the school of arts and crafts. With her late husband, artist Fred Troller, she starred in the second Cinerama feature "CINERAMA HOLIDAY" (1955), directed by Robert L. Bendick and Philippe De Lacy.
A conversation with John Mitchell
By Cameron  Glendinning
Let's go to Australia and meet a man who has a complete 3-strip Cinerama cinema in his garden. It all started when he heard on the grapevine that a certain storehouse was to be emptied.
Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch - in conversation with Mark Lyndon
Cinerama’s future might evolve into a name on more than just a couple of theaters; Cinerama could come to mean a curved screen presentation; a noticeable distinct curved screen, perhaps not 146 degrees, but certainly more than a marginal curved screen.

CINERAMA ADVENTURE
"Cinerama Adventure" in Telluride
By Dave Strohmaier
Telluride was terrific, Carin Anne, Me, Randy Gitsch, John Sittig and Greg Kimble were treated like Celebs. They put us up in plush condos in Mountain Village, the exclusive resort just above the town of Telluride.
"Cinerama Adventure" Cast & Credit
By Dave Strohmaier
The documentary is in Director's cut and is 100 minutes long. A lot has changed since the early versions. We have shown it around Los Angeles at several "test screenings" and also at professional documentary film maker private screenings
"The Cinerama Adventure" update
By Dave Strohmaier
Final sound mix Dolby 5.1 starts Monday Aug 11th, 2003 with new score & efx. 35mm film out of the Hi-def version starts Tuesday 12th. (Interviews are 1:33 inside of 1:85. when we cut to Cinerama its in curved  Smilebox 1:85) we had to upgrade (re-do) all the Cinerama shots in Hi def.
"Cinerama Adventure" - First review
By Richard Greenhalgh
This production is simply perfect! It blends the history of the people behind Cinerama with the story of the making of the films and highlights the technical aspects of this pioneering widescreen format in an exiting and dramatic way.

"CINERAMA ADVENTURE" WEB SITE ARCHIVE

By David Strohmaier & Martin Hart, USA

Cinerama Adventure Home Page
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COMING SOON ABOUT CINERAMA
History of Cinerama: A Story of technological Innovation and Industrial Management
By Thomas Edward Erffmeyer (1985)

Cinerama, It's History and Development
By Hikmet Labib Avedis Aghanigian (Thesis, 1965)

"This is Cinerama"...is still alive
By Otto Lang

"Cinerama Holiday"
Breakdown Reels Dialouge

COMING SOON ABOUT VITARAMA
Vitarama Staff list

Pioneers of the Giant Deep Curved Screen

Fred Waller's "Dolphin Akwa-Skees" advertising

Excerpt from Lowell Thomas's Broadcast May 18, 1954 on the occasion the Fred Waller's passing
 
 
 

• Go to Cinerama's 50th Anniversary

Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Cinerama!
By Thomas Hauerslev
Cinerama's 60th anniversary is celebrated in 2012, with the digital re-release of the original 3-strip film on Blu-ray and in selected theatres. Cinerama premiered in 1952 and revolutionized the exhibition industry with wide screns and 7-channel stereophonic sound
Cinemiracle/Cinerama in Germany
By Gerhard Witte
In Europe, cinemas for 3-strip films were only set up on a wide scale fairly late, that is at the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s. By then, other wide-screen methods such as CinemaScope and perhaps also Todd-AO had been broadly accepted.

• Go to Cinemiracle/Cinerama in Deutschland
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?!"

"CINERAMA HOLIDAY" REUNION 1997
A Get Together in Dayton
By David Page
This "Cinerama Holiday" performance would see "in person" appearances by the 2 couples who starred in the 1955 film - the Marshes and the Trollers.
Time Traveling to the New Neon
By David Joachim
"Cinerama Holiday"
, the second film produced in the process, is the most cinematic and dazzling of the three features I got to see. Yellows and greens make cameo appearances in a few scenes, but the starring color is pink
This is Oyster Bay
By Thomas Hauerslev
Behind her house, was Fred Waller´s old barn a.k.a. "Waller Stvdio". In this barn all Waller's ideas took form. Waterskiis, The Gunnery Trainer, Photometric Fit Picture and Cinerama.
See: Daughters of Mary St. Pius V Chapel

CINERAMA CINEMAS
Cinerama at the Plaza
By Eric White
For twelve years, from 1958 until 1970, Cinerama was exhibited at Melbourne’s Plaza theatre. It was very popular in a period when the cinema business was struggling.
Savoy The only Cinerama venue in Finland
By Rabbe Sandelin
The Savoy was for a long time the biggest cinema house in Helsinki. It was built in 1937 in central Helsinki, when some old buildings were demolished
Empire - Cinerama, Paris Kingdom of curved screen
by Francois Carrin
CINERAMA arrived in 1955 in Paris near the Place de l'Etoile. It was a theatre called EMPIRE which was chosen to play "This is CINERAMA"
Cinerama Festival in Seattle
By Dave Strohmaier
Cinerama at the Pictureville
By Thomas Hauerslev
Canadian 70mm and Cinerama screenings
By Bill Kretzel
3-strip in Barcelona, Spain
By Ramon Lamarca
I was browsing through newspapers listings yesterday and I was amazed and the huge amount of blow-ups they had in Spain

CINERAMA FILM MUSIC
A musical Journey around the World in fantastic stereophonic Cinerama Sound
By Gerhard Witte
As I already owned the musical scores of several Cinerama films I thought, "most likely a simple compilation of the scores". My guess was wrong. This new 2-CD set is really a surprise and a listening pleasure. It assembles the musical highlights of all 5 Cinerama travelogue film scores together, cleverly compiled and digitally restored from the 35mm magnetic Cinerama films.
Liner notes for "The Brothers Grimm" 2-CD
By Jim Lochner
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm was a pet project of producer George Pal, better known for such sci-fi/fantasy films as Destination Moon
"Brothers Grimm" soundtrack released by Film Score Monthly
This 2CD set presents a key work relating to fantasy filmmaker George Pal, composer Leigh Harline, and the widescreen Cinerama film process


• Go to
"The Best of Cinerama" in Germany

• Go to
Bigger than "Ben-Hur" – My Japan Cinerama Project

CINERAMA FILMS
"This is CINERAMA" (1952)
"Cinerama Holiday" (1955)
"Seven Wonders of the World" (1956)
"Search for Paradise" (1957)
"Cinerama South Seas Adventure" (1958)
"Renault Dauphine" (Commercial short) (1959)
"The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" (1962)
"How The West Was Won" (1962)
"In The Picture" (2012)

"Cinerama's Russian Adventure"
"The Best of Cinerama"


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RAMA AND MORE

• Go to The RAMA Pages
• Go to Alphabetical listing of Ramas
• Go to 2021 "Rama" - In all it's screen splendour!
The Cinerama Barn
By Paul Samuels
Ever since I saw Cinerama in 1952, I was so deeply affected by it that I only knew that I wanted it. That event sparked my interest in photography, optics and all the rest.

"WINDJAMMER"

• Go to
Louis de Rochemont's "Windjammer" in Cinemiracle

"THIS IS CINERAMA"

• Go to “This is Cinerama”: The North American 70mm Re-Release Engagements
• Go to
“This Is Cinerama” The Original Roadshow Engagements
“This Is Cinerama”: The Original Roadshow Engagements
By Mike Coate
This list consists only of first-run, reserved-seat engagements. Not included in the list are return engagements, mobile presentations, drive-in engagements, the 70mm single-panel re-release engagements, and contemporary screenings.

• Go to
in70mm.com's Cinerama page
 
 
"IN THE PICTURE" IN CINERAMA
CINERAMA 2012 - First day of shooting "In the Picture"
By Michael J Cahill
It is Saturday January 14, 2012 and today the Barn is the centerpiece for a brief scene in an all-new short film for Cinerama called “In the Picture”, produced by Anthony Saenz and directed by Dave Strohmaier.
"In the Picture" - Now Shooting
By Strohmaier / Hauerslev
Wednesday November 2nd, 2011 will be the first time the Cinerama camera will shoot 3 strip since "How The West Was Won" over 50 years ago.
"In the Picture": Filming Completed
By Dave Strohmaier
We shot the very last shot with the Cinerama camera the camera can go back to sleep for another 60 years until some other film makers discover it again!
The Last Cinerama Wrap Party
By Strohmaier & March
The digital scanning of “IN THE PICTURE” is complete and it has been about two years since it was filmed, so now that we have the HD digital version of the film, it’s about time for a wrap party. The BBQ and movie screening were a great success and a good time was had by everyone.
'In the Picture': The Return of Cinerama
By Johan Wolthuis
'In the Picture' had its European premiere on April 27, 2013, half a year after the Hollywood premiere, during the Widescreen Festival Weekend in Bradford , UK in the beautiful Pictureville Cinema, which is part of the National Media Museum and the only theatre in Europe with facilities to screen original Cinerama films.

"THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM" IN CINERAMA

• Go to 60th anniversary of "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm"

• Go to
“The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm”: The North American Cinerama Roadshow Engagements

• Go to
Restoration and re-mastering “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" from 3-strip 35mm negatives

• Go to
"The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" Remaster Trailers
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm - "Lost" Cinerama Film Reviewed
By Mark Lyndon

This legendary “lost” Cinerama feature has held up well over the years. For a fifty year old feel good film it still felt and looked pretty good. George Pal produced and directed the fairy tale sequences with Harry Levin for the real life drama.

• Go to New Zealand to the rescue with "Grimm" Soundtrack
Information about the 3-strip movie "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm"
By Gerhard Witte
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are mainly worldwide renowned for their collection of fairy tales – but they were also language- and cultural researchers, diplomats, lawyers, professors, librarians and politicians. They were born in Hanau as the eldest children of a Calvinist pastor's family with civil service ties.

• Go to
Informationen über den 3-Streifen-Film "Die Wunderwelt der Gebrüder Grimm"

"HOW THE WEST WAS WON" IN CINERAMA

Go to "How The West Was Won" - in Cinerama
“How the West Was Won”: The Original Cinerama Presentations
By Mike Coate
This list consists only of first-run, reserved-seat engagements. Not included in the list are return engagements, mobile presentations, drive-in engagements, the 70mm single-panel re-release engagements, and contemporary screenings.
Digital restoration of HOW THE WEST WAS WON
By Rick Mitchell
The "special screening" that ended last weekend's "The Reel Thing-XX" was a digital presentation of MGM's "How The West Was Won" scanned at 2K from original negatives, ultimately yielding a 6K image.
“West” Film Locations
By Tom March
I first encountered the Lone Pine Film Festival while travelling through Lone Pine searching out old film locations from “How the West Was Won”
"How the West Was Shown"
By Paul Rayton
Paul has very kindly taken a few shots of Sunday's event at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.
Large format at the Cinerama Dome
By David Strohmaier
Even if you don't get your favorite seats please come and register your vote for more large format screenings at the Dome. We need your support today!
"How the West Was Won" screening at the Dome
By Richard Greenhalgh with Rick Mitchell
"This is Cinerama"'s Cinerama Dome

• Go to
Cinerama Titles Around The World
HTWWW's "World Preview" in Paris
By Gerhard Witte
The Cinerama movie "How the West Was Won" (USA) had its official World Premiere on Thursday, November 01, 1962 at London's Casino Cinerama Theatre, where it subsequently successfully ran for more than 120 weeks. Previously, there had already been a "World Preview" of the movie at the Empire Cinerama Theatre in Paris on Tuesday, October 02, 1962.
Introduction to How The West Was Won
By Professor Sir Christopher Frayling
How The West Was Won began life not with a script commission from the executives at Cinerama Inc or with an original treatment sent in from an agent, but with a series of seven historical articles in Life magazine—running from April 6th to May 18th 1959.


• Go to Cinerama Remaster

• Go to Cinerama Archive

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Online: 02-06-1999. Updated: 29-09-2022