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Widescreen Weekend 2009
19 - 23 March, 2009. Pictureville, Bradford, England

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 25.05.2017 (Remastered)
We are looking forward to seeing all of you again in Bradford in March 2009, to see Cinerama and 70mm in all its splendour. We will include a new 70mm print from 20th Century Fox in its 70mm screen splendour.

We have promised to show you
"Year Of The Dragon" in 70mm this time.
We will again include the usual mix of lectures, screen talks, format demonstrations, Dimension 150, CinemaScope 55, 3-strip Cinerama, Super Panavision 70 and blowups on screens in popular size and shapes.

Travel to Bradford to get the first person experience at the Pictureville cinema in Bradford, England from 19 - 23 March, 2009.

McGregor, Lawrence & Hauerslev
2009 Film Programmers
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Through the Years
The Best of WSW

Academy of the WSW

Creating the WSW
Planning the WSW
Projecting the WSW
Projecting CINERAMA

"Where Eagles Dare" - Cinema Retro ‘Movie Classics’ Special

"Where Eagles Dare" - 40th Anniversary 1969 - 2009

Internet link:

Reel Solutions

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. 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: 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

Read full text: Planning the Widescreen Weekend
Read full text: Audience feedback - Widescreen Weekend 2009
Read full text: Widescreen Weekend 2009, Bradford, England

Gallery: Bradford, Widescreeen Weekend 2009


Program 2009

Thursday, 19. March
16:00 - 18:57 "A Star is Born"
20.00 – 22.30 "The King and I"

Friday, 20. March
10:00 – 11:55 “This is Cinerama”
12.30 – 14.30 "The Taming of the Shrew"
15.00 – 17.00 "Faubourg 36"
17.00 – 18.30 Delegates reception
18.45 – 19.45 Screen talk interview with cast & crew of "Where Eagles Dare" etc
20.00 – 22.55 "Where Eagles Dare"

Saturday, 21 March
10.00 – 11.00 Cinerama Ventures
11.15 – 14.30 "How the West Was
15.00 – 18.15 "The Bible...in the beginning"
18.45 – 19.45 At the Cutting Edge of Digital
20.00 – 22.45 "West Side Story"

Sunday, 22 March
09:00 - 10:00 "This is New Zeeland"
10:00 – 12:30 Cineramacana
13.00 – 13.30 Richard Burton: Lion of the Welsh presented by Tony Earnshaw
13.30 – 16.15 "Becket"
16.45 – 18.55 "Carousel"
19.30 – 22.00 "Khartoum"

Monday, 23 March
10.00 – 12.15 "Year of the Dragon"
12.45 – 14.45 "The Electric Horseman"

Pictureville Cinema, Bradford

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

Why is 70mm so special?

"in 70mm"
is unlike anything you have ever seen - a High Definition movie experience with extremely sharp images and crystal clear 6 track stereo.

"in 70mm"
 is very realistic, almost three dimensional and can make everything you have ever seen pale into insignificance. But don't take our word for it - come and see for your self.

Pictureville Seating lay-out. Click to enlarge

Widescreen Weekend Passes is now on sale. We cannot sell Widescreen Passes on the web because we need to know which seats you require. If you want to book email Jennifer Hall, with the completed booking form and you will be contacted shortly. Seats are given on a first come first served basis.

Download booking form

BIFF - Widescreen Weekend

Jennifer Hall is the bookings co-ordinator, so she can be contacted for bookings and info.

Full Ticket Price List

Standard films
£6.00 (Full price adult); £4.50 (Concession); £5.00 (FOF); £3.50 (FOF conc).

Premium films
£10.00 (Full price adult); £7.00 (Concession); £9.00 (FOF); £6.00 (FOF conc).

£3.50 (Full price adult); £2.50 (Concession); £2.50 (FOF); £1.50 (FOF conc).

£85 (Full price adult) - works out at £101 for all tickets.
£65 (Concession) - works out at £73.50 for all tickets.
£75 (FOF) - works out at £86.00 for all tickets.
£55 (FOF conc) - works out at £58.50 for all tickets.

Film Festival Rates March 2009

The Midland Hotel
+44 1274 735735
Joanne Miller.

Film Festival Rates 2009

Bed & Breakfast for 2 nights @ £46.00 per person per night sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom.

Bed & Breakfast for 3 nights @ £42.00 per person per night sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom. 3 night reservation will be upgraded, subject to availability, and will be given a complimentary bottle of wine in their bedroom upon arrival.

Bed & Breakfast for 4 nights @ £38.00 per person per night sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom. 4 night reservation will receive the above and Dinner complimentary on one of the evenings.

*Premium bedroom supplement of £10.00 per person per night.
*A single supplement of £30.00 applies per room per night.

Dinner will be available from £16.95 per person, per night with a Special Themed Menu running throughout the festival.

Bookings are to be made directly through the Midland Hotel and festival guests will be advised to quote "Bradford International Film Festival" when booking.

Other Bradford Hotels

Holiday Inn Express
Prices from £__ per room per night
+44 0870 850 9083

Great Victoria Hotel Prices from £__ per room per night
+44 01274 728706

This is the Museum's corporate rate, so delegates must state is on the National Media Museum rate.

Hilton Hotel
Prices from £__ per room per night
+44  01274 734734

How to travel to Bradford, by Paul Rayton

What is Cinerama?

Cinerama is a very complicated projection process with three projectors electronically locked together, showing three 35mm films side by side on the same curved screen, at the same time. Cinerama, very effectively creates an illusion of reality, by photographing an extreme wide-angle picture on three strips of film. Cinerama is shown on a large curved screen like
Pictureville's. The curve is defined as being 146 degrees of a circle. The screen is geometrically the same size as the human eye, which when a spectator sits somewhere close to the center of the circle, looking at the middle of the screen, he’s having A First Person Experience. He’s having the sensation he is there, right in the middle of the action. The audience will feel a sensation of participation. 

Why does a Cinerama screen have to be deeply curved?

”If you photograph a cavalry of horses coming toward you and sweeping past, using conventional narrow angle lenses (and this includes CinemaScope), the camera never sees the sides of the horses. If this is now projected on a screen, even a wide curved one, wrapped around the audience, as the horses go off the screen, they all turn facing you and gallop sideways. This is a subtle effect, but the fact that you never see the sides of objects, destroys the participation effect - the sense of being in the middle of the action.”

Brian O'Brien, Jr. about Cinerama.
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