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The Last Cinerama Wrap Party

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Dave Strohmaier and Tom March Date: 13.07.2014
The "In the Picture" group photo by the pool.

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In the fall of 2012, we held the sixtieth anniversary celebration of Cinerama at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood where all the classic Cinerama films were screened on the giant ninety foot curved screen. Cinerama fans came from all over the United States as well as from all over the world. It truly was a once in a lifetime event seeing these films again the way they were meant to be seen.

Several months before, one of the old Cinerama cameras was refurbished and we actually filmed a short subject in the old process. It was created in the style of one of the more popular travel films entitled
"Cinerama Holiday" (1953) as well as a tip of the hat to "Windjammer" (1958). Both films were major box office hits of their day. Our new production features lots of local LA scenery and Cinerama POV shots, along with some film history and Cinerama references, all flavored with a bit of consciously dated dialogue.

"In the Picture" (2012) premiered at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood on Cinerama’s sixtieth anniversary, the first new Cinerama film in 50 years.
More in 70mm reading:

Cinerama Remaster's Cinerama page's "Windjammer" in Cinemiracle page

"In the Picture": Filming Completed

In The Picture - Tom Down Under

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In the following year, Image Trends Inc. of Austin Texas had completed the digital scanning for all the Cinerama travelogue features and took on their last Cinerama project, “IN THE PICTURE”. The digital scanning is complete and it has been about two years since it was filmed, so now that we have the HD digital version of the film, it’s about time for a wrap party.

The BBQ and movie screening were a great success and a good time was had by everyone.

Now that “IN THE PICTURE” is also in a digital version, it will be included as an extra along with the documentary “THE LAST DAYS OF CINERAMA” in the upcoming Flicker Alley Blu-ray/DVD release of “SEARCH FOR PARADISE”.

Copies of the original 3-panel film version of “IN THE PICTURE” are also retained for screening in Hollywood at Pacific Theatres, at the National Media Museum in Bradford, UK and with John H. Mitchell in Sydney, Australia.

Wrap Party Gallery

Doug Knapp S.O.C. (Director of Photography) checks out The Cake.
The Cake with an “IN THE PICTURE” icing image.

Randy Gitsch serving the refreshments. Dave Strohmaier and Josh Bond at the counter.
Paul Rayton at the grill.
Paula Drake setting up the food table.
Charlie Ziarko, Lance Fisher S.O.C. (Cinerama Camera Operator), Ed Steiner (Brigantines Sailing Consultant) with wife at the front of the line.
Good food. Good drink. Good weather. Good company. Meeting old Cinerama acquaintances made for a memorable event.
Rob’s brother James, Rob Garren (behind the scenes guy) and Sean Menzies.
Dan Sherlock and Dave Strohmaier “in the picture”.
Stanley Livingston and Tom March. Tom schmoozing for an autograph.
Josh and Randy up for a photo.
In the kitchen, Carin Anne dishes out a slice of The Cake for Charlie.
Photo by Mike Cahill
After dinner, everyone gathered for the main event in Dave’s living room/screening room.
Dave introduces the “world premier” of “IN THE PICTURE”, the HD digital version in Smilebox.
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. A frame from the HD digital version of “IN THE PICTURE”
with Cinerama “Smilebox”.
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Updated 07-01-21