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Fønix, Kristianstad, Norway
Originally: "Which cinema is this?"

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas HauerslevDate: 28.02.2010
Which cinema is this? recently received 6 images of a large unknown cinema. Maybe the readers of can identify the cinema?

Please send an e-mail to the editor if you know the cinema.
More in 70mm reading:

11th Oslo 70mm Festival, January 2015

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Clock in foyer

Subject: Unknown cinema
Date: 1 Mar 2010

Dear Mr. 70mm,

Once again Mr CINERAMA can help you !!! Your unknown cinema is the FONIX in Kristiansand in Norway. I own a big report about the opening of this cinema on December 1st, 1966, in the professional monthly ZEISS IKON IMAGES ET SON (Pictures and sound) number 78/April 1968. The curved screen was a 19.50 m Perlux and projectors are FAVORIT 70.

I can send you copies of the report, with a short translation.

Box office. Note the seating plan.
Prevost 70mm machines
Nice spacey room
BOFA amplifiers (Bang & Olufsen)
70mm reels and splicer ready on horizontal rewind table - could be a Swedish 70mm cinema with Danish amplifiers and Italian projection equipment.
A new cinema, the Fønix, opened 1st December 1966 in Kristiansand in Norway. This concrete building accommodate all cinema services and a 28m x 26m width theatre with 12m height. Volume is 6500 cubic meters and 793 seats. Projection room is 9.8m x 4.8m. The Perlux curved screen 19.5m x 8.8m has a 2.3m throw. Todd-AO projected frame is 18.2 x 8.5m.

Technical fitting includes:
- 2 FAVORIT 70 with XENOSOL III xenon bulb lamps
- 1 ERNEMANN VIIIB with XENOSOL I xenon bulb lamp
- 1 slides projector DIA-ERNEMAT
- a 6 channels sound system with 5 loudspeakers behind screen
- 16 surround loudspeakers
- loudspeakers in cinema lobby and special system for bad hearing people

In addition to projection room is an observation and control room and a prints storage room with elevator. All electric wiring system is fixed on the front wall with removable panels to make modifications easier. Projected frame bottom is still one meter over stage floor, for all film formats. Projectors must be tilted with hydraulic jacks. Screen dimensions can be ajusted by buttons in projection room.

Cinema owner is delighted about this kinematography installation, due to our representatives in Oslo, J.L. Nerlien A/S.

Translate April 2010 from French to English by Widescreen Academy member Francois CARRIN
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