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Cinerama's Venice Adventure
Sensational Festival Screening

The 70mm Newsletter
Written and photographed by: Tom March & Randy Gitsch, The Cinerama Restoration CrewDate: 04.09.2012
Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch ready to present Cinerama in Venice, Italy. Image by Tom March

Day 1 in Venice. It was all travel, a long trip from LA with a stopover in Frankfurt.

We met up with Michael Wilder of Image Trends and his wife, Peggy and we all registered at the festival.
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Michael Wilder and Dave Strohmaier. Image by Tom March

Randy and Peggy. Image by Tom March

Gondola ride

Day 2 in Venice was a day off for sight seeing and being tourists. We ate at Venetian restaurants and visited film locations. A gondola ride retraced the path that the Cinerama camera took along the canals of Venice in "This Is Cinerama".

Dave, Randy, Peggy, Michael

At the Bauer Hotel
Randy Dave and Michael with their gracious Festival Hosts, Giulia D’Agnolo Yallan and Daniela Persi

Day 3 in Venice was for the Master Class presentation “Cinerama restoration in the digital age” in the Venice Film Festival’s Sala Pasinetti Theater.

Program listing

Michael, Peggy, Dave and Randy - behind them a 24-sheet bill board poster for the film "The Master"

Giulia introducing the Master Class panel
After the presentation at a nearby Italian café. Peggy, Michael, Dave, Tom, Randy
On Day 4, we toured up the Grand Canal in Venice and enjoyed the scenery.
Admission ticket.

Then, the main event was the screening of South Seas Adventure in the festival’s Sala Perla Theater. This was the first of three scheduled screenings over the next three days. We have been advised that our return flight was canceled due to an airline strike. Therefore, there will be a Venice day 5 tomorrow.
Dave, Randy at the Sala Perla Theater
St. Mark’s Square. Click the image to see enlargement

Venice day 5 was originally planned to be our travel day back home. Our flight was unexpectedly cancelled due to an airline strike. We were rebooked on a flight for the following day and spent day 5 passing the time in Venice. We returned to St. Mark’s Square to see an old “This Is Cinerama” film location.
Film restoration team in Venice
The film restoration team made the best of the situation by relaxing whenever possible.
Film restoration team in Venice

Cinerama South Seas Adventure Venice screening details

Thursday, Sept. 6

-Sala Perla, in the Palazzo del Cinema

-4:30 P.M.

Friday, Sept. 7

-Sala Volpi, in the Palazzo del Cinema

-9:00 P.M.

Saturday, Sept. 8

-Sala Perla, in the Palazzo del Cinema

-9:00 A.M.

We'll all be in Venice only through the morning of the 7th, so we'll hope you get to see some digital Cinerama, with or without us. Enjoy!
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Updated 16-07-18