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"How The West Was Won" Cinerama Event at the Cinerama Dome
The TCM Classic Film Festival

The 70mm Newsletter
Text and photos by: Tom March, Calgary Alberta, CanadaDate: 16.04.2012
Former child-star actor Stanley Livingstone arrives and is greeted by the crew.

It started with some of the crew arriving at Dave Strohmaier’s garage at 5:45 AM to pick up the Filming equipment. They head out for the Dome at 6:00 AM and arrive at 6:20 AM to unload and set up.
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Cinerama Graphic

Cinerama camera being readied for an historic Cinerama shoot in front of the Cinerama Dome.

This rigorous schedule continues throughout the day as the Cinerama Camera photographs the last location in the new 60th Anniversary Short
"In the Picture".

TCM extras and cast members begin to arrive at 7:15 AM and shooting begins around 8:00 AM.
Moving even slightly in front of the Cinerama Camera finds you staring directly into one of its three eyes.

Directors and crew must remain behind the Cinerama camera when it is rolling even thought there is a strong temptation to get out in front the massive camera to see the actors. Moving even slightly in front of the camera puts you right in line with one of the Cinerama camera’s three eyes. You’re in the picture.
Cinerama Camera #3 attracts interest while on display in the lobby.

The camera was put on display in the lobby while the TCM screening of “How the West Was Won” was taking place.
A technical meeting before the showing of “How The West Was Won”.

The projectionists were very aware that the screening was for TCM and had prepared extensively for the event knowing that anything can go wrong when you least expect it. There was the pre-screening meeting and then the checking of each other’s work and re-checking of each other’s work which continued through reel changes during the intermission.
Scene from “How The West Was Won”. Note the audience of a sould out Cinerama Dome

Any errors or potential problems were dealt with quickly and that resulted in a perfect presentation.
Continuous checking and adjusting of projectors assured a clean presentation

The constant monitoring and adjusting of projectors during the show ensured that the images joined up and looked good throughout. The pictures were sharp, the sound was clean. The TCM audience was appreciative.
Debbie is a popular attraction in the Cinerama Dome Lobby.

After the screening ended, Robert Osborne interviewed Debbie Reynolds on stage. Then she proceeded to the lobby for her shot in the Cinerama Short.
Couldn’t resist getting a picture with Debbie, one of two dozen stars of “How The West Was Won”.

Debbie signed autographs and posed for pictures after doing a couple of takes of her scene in the film. The wrap was about 2:00 PM, about ½ hour behind schedule.
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Updated 16-07-18