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Widescreen Weekend 1997
14 - 17 March, 1997. Pictureville, Bradford, England

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 22.04.2017 (Remastered)
The Class of 1997: Including Ben Wales, Barrie Pick, David Page, Henrik Hauerslev, Marceau Dupre, Peter Andren , Terry Later, Howard Rust, Keith Swadkins, Willem Bouwmeester, Jan Olsen, Torkell Sætervadet, Thomas Hauerslev and many more. Picture by Thomas Hauerslev

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Bill Lawrence, Head of Cinema:
The Widescreen Weekend is a celebration of all that is extraordinary in large format film and has become a highlight on the film festival calendar.

Read full text: Creating the Widescreen Weekend

Tony Cutts & Duncan McGregor, Heads of Projection:
The audiences clearly prefer the curve to the flat screen. Generally, we have a difficult job explaining the difference between the formats and what film goes on which screen. "Why don't you show this on the curve?" they often ask.

Read full text: Projecting the Widescreen Weekend

Bill Lawrence, Head of Cinema:
I get quite a lot of feed-back from our guests in the form of letters, e-mails and phone calls. People are very happy, they had a great time and they think Pictureville Cinema has a nice atmosphere and is a nice place to visit. They generally have a good time here.

Read full text: Planning the Widescreen Weekend
More in 70mm reading:

Widescreen Weekend 1997

Gallery: 1997
WSW Home
Through the Years
The Best of WSW

Academy of the WSW

Creating the WSW
Planning the WSW
Projecting the WSW
Projecting CINERAMA

Is Windjammer the Queen of Kitsch?

Misconceptions about the Bradford setup

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Reel Solutions

Program 1997


March 14

14:30 "Spartacus" in Super Technirama 70
19:00 "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in 70mm Super Cinerama / Ultra Panavision 70

March 15
"This is Cinerama" in Cinerama
13.30 "My Fair Lady" in 70mm Super Cinerama
17:00 It's bigger and yes, it sounds better by Dion Hanson
20:00 "Vertigo" in 70mm DTS

March 16
10:00 "Windjammer" in Cinemiracle
13:00 "How the West Was Won" in Cinerama
16:30 "The Big Blue" in 70mm
19:00 "Lawrence of Arabia" (Print never arrived. "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" shown instead.

March 17
19:00 "Lawrence of Arabia" in 70mm
Dolby's Dion Hanson preparing his lecture about film sound.

Thomas Hauerslev, Editor The 70mm Newsletter: Some of the biggest news this spring has been the showing of “Windjammer”, the one and only Cinemiracle film. The screening took place at the Pictureville cinema at Bradford, UK during the Widescreen Weekend, March 14 - 16, 1997. The Eastman color print was of course faded into pink, but it was a rare opportunity to see the film for the first time in (probably) 30 - 40 years. The film was shown in the original 3 strip version with Dutch narration on the huge Cinerama screen in Bradford, England. 

Read full text: Is Windjammer the Queen of Kitsch?

Read full text: Misconceptions about the Bradford setup

Gallery: Bradford, Widescreeen Weekend 1997


Pictureville Cinema, Bradford

Tony Cutts & Duncan McGregor, Heads of Projection dressed for CINERAMA. Image by Thomas Hauerslev

Thomas Hauerslev, Editor The 70mm Newsletter: The Pictureville cinema, the jewel of British cinema in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the heart of Great Britain, is one of three cinemas equipped to show Cinerama in the original 3-strip format. The huge screen is wide and deeply curved. It’s the perfect framework to present 70mm with 6-track sound in Super Technirama 70, Todd-AO and Ultra Panavision 70.

Read full text: Pictureville Cinema, Bradford, England

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