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First 70mm Seminar in the Czech Republic
17. - 19. March 2006

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by Jakub Klíma and photographed by Jan Piska Date: 28 April 2006
The Kino Mir 70 cinema. Picture: Thomas Hauerslev

We have started on project mapping a history of 70mm format in the Czech Republic. There will be a lot of interesting information, I guess, for your website. We will be happy to share this with another 70mm fans.

I have got for you a piece of information you could appreciate: Last month, from 17. - 19. March took place a small meeting of 70mm fans in CZ. It took place in Krnov, in my hometown.

It was very small seminar, where students and professional (projectionists, lectors,..) got together to enjoy a large format. We had only a small number of films, which were borrowed from Slowak Film Institute.
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Kino Mir 70
Namesti Miru 14
794 01 Krnov
The Czech Republic

Telephone: +420 554 615 050

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Meopta Universal projector for both 35 and 70mm films. Picture: Thomas Hauerslev

Just for your idea: We were enjoying "Soldaty Svobody" by Jurij Ozerov - epic communist propagand film - 6 hours!

"Tabor Ukhodit v Nebo" ("Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven") by Emil Loteanu - you must know this

"Vzlyot" by Savva Kulish with Jevgenij Jevtusenko about Ciolkovskij...

And finally we have a mosaic of fragments of 70mm films which were found all around the Czech Rep. They were mostly in bad condition (red color were dominant on most of US production films but on ORWO material, which were Soviet prints made from are the colours still the same, which is interesting:)).

This section of our seminar was very funny and we had a great fun with the fragments of "Cleopatra", "Alien", "West Side Story" among others.
Ladislav Sekanina and Pavel Tomesek (head of the Mir 70 cinema). Picture: Jan Piska

And because we do not know now if there is going to be next seminar I would like to ask you if you could help me? I mean, we would be happy to show people this format again in my country but as I said before we do not have any prints in our country at all and, of course, we cannot show the same prints over and over...

We would clear the rights for our area. There is no problem with this. Bonton Film holds the rights for almost all of the US, UK production but we still do not know how and from where we could bring prints to CZ? We can see all the festivals, meetings all around the Europe and even in the World but we do not know how to contact the right person or persons to give us more details.
Jaromir Blazejovsky (film department of Masaryk University in Brno), Jakub Klíma and Pavel Tomesek (head of the Mir 70 cinema). Picture: Jan Piska

I, therefore, ask about some help you as the most informed person in the field of 70mm film! Could You give me some hints? I would very glad if you could. We are little bit desperate since we have not made any step forward for a long time...

This is the website of our seminar, unfortunately, it is only in Czech


Kino Mir 70

Picture: Thomas Hauerslev

Kino Mír 70, Krnov (26 000 inhabitans). The cinema worked from 1948 until 1959, re-built for widescreen projection (1:2,35 a 1:2,55 4 track MG record; projection machines FTP 1 (Jihostroj ČR) Re-opened in 10.2.1961. Another reconstruction from 29.12.1968 - 23.5.1969; re-opened with 70mm film "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines". In 1993 from 19.7. to 1.8.93 Meo5XB projectors were installed. Another huge reconstruction took part from 1.10.1995 - 8.12.1995, was lowered capacity from 545 to 349 seats, DOLBY STEREO SR was installed. By nation-wide film premiere of "Joan of Arc" - 19.2.2000 - initiated of functioning of Dolby digital 14.8. Dolby stereo EX by movie Terminator 3: Rise of the machines.

Capacity of cinema: 349 seats

Projectors: 2x UM 70/35XB ,2x Meo5XB, Meo II. X (16 mm ) optical analog sound record, 6 channel mag. record, 4 channel mag. record, Dolby digitál EX,

Size of the screen:

70mm film: 1:2,2 14,15 x 6,21m

35mm film:

1:2,35 - 11,56 x 4,90 m
1:1,85 - 9,10 x 4,90 m
1:1,66 - 8 x 4,90 m
1:1,37 - 6,72 x 4,90 m

16 mm film: 1:1,34 - 6,72 x 4,90 m
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