70MM is back to ARCADIA CINEMA - FIRST LOVE NEVER DIES
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and photographed by: Francesco
Gualeni, ARCADIA’s patron and super fan ;)
years and years of Digital projections, 70MM film is back to ARCADIA, the
only cinema in Italy to present "Interstellar" in both 70MM film and
4K Digital formats. ARCADIA opened in 1997, has 5 auditoriums, all THX
certified. The biggest one the 630-seats ENERGIA auditorium was especially
built for 70MM presentations. With its screen of 30x16,5 meters (98x54 feet)
is the largest seamless continuous screen in the world, courtesy of British
company Harkness, Perlux technology. From the very beginning, ARCADIA choose
to give its audience the best movie experience using the best technology
available with the goal to respect filmaker’s true intentions & hard work on
one side and movie patrons on the other side. Everyone still remember the
5/70 presentations of
"2OO1: A SPACE ODYSSEY" (with producer Jan Harlan special guest),
the 8/70 presentation of MYSTERIES OF EGYPT (national premiere) and
many many other 70MM presentations. What memories!
Then in 2001 the Digital evolution began in ARCADIA with the first Digital
projection in Italy of Walt Disney’s ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE. At
that the time, in 2001, with the first generation of digital projectors
(many years before the 2K and the 4K formats were available).
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then the celluloid prints have become fewer and fewer and ARCADIA became the
first all-Digital Cinema complex in Italy. Alongside Digital projectors (in
Energy booth there is a dual projection configuration system with two 4K
Christie Digital projectors, the only one in Italy and presumably one of the
few dual 4K configuration in the world), it was decided to maintain
projection booths with Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 35/70mm projectors, Dolby
CP500-D, DTS 70 and magnetic sound. When director Christopher Nolan choose
to shoot "Interstellar" in 35mm anamorphic and 15/70 IMAX formats he
wanted to give the non-IMAX theater the opportunity to show his movie in the
best way as possible and 70MM prints were made.
First love never dies … when Mr. Piero Fumagalli (ARCADIA owner) heard about
that possibility, he asked Warner Bros Italy for a 70MM print beside the 4K
Digital version. The 70MM print arrived from London on Monday the 3rd of
November 2014 in 8 film cans all locked. Mr. Piero Fumagalli himself
inspected each reel making sure the film was free of any damages. The print
was in a very good condition and he did himself all necessary work loading
it on 70MM platter. I saw the 70MM show of "Interstellar" on Friday
the 7th of November.
The theatre was full of patrons, Excitement was very high, projection was
perfect, picture and sound were great, the experience was wonderful!
I saw the 4K version the next Saturday, still in ENERGIA. In conclusion,
what is the best way to see "Interstellar"? There is not a correct
answer. They are different. I'm used to travel through 70MM festivals across
Europe watching sometimes scratched, pink 70mm prints ….
Everyone experience a movie with
her/his own eyes and with her/his own heart. 4K Digital has an image cleaner
and steadier and a pristine presentation from the first to the last
show…70MM with its own terrific definition and its own little imperfections
has a SOUL that goes straight to the heart.
Many Thanks to Mr. Piero Fumagalli and ARCADIA CINEMA. I know how much work
is behind. They have given the opportunity to Italian patrons to experience
"Interstellar" in 70MM film and 4K Digital formats, a special
occasion that I wonder IF and WHEN will ever happen in the future. Film
prints are going to die, but that doesn’t mean that in the future, for
specific movies, there could be some special 70MM presentations. I hope so
and alongside many other patrons am looking forward to repeat the experience
in both formats for upcoming Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight.
Indeed, FIRST LOVE NEVER DIES.
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