The First 70MM IMAX Cinema in England
Pictures from my first visit to Bradford in September 1990
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|Written and photographed by: Thomas Hauerslev||Date: 05.05.2015|
|National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. The most successful museum outside London in 1990. Home to England's first 70MM IMAX cinema.|
I went up to Bradford to see National Museum of Photography, Film & Television on a 1-day return trip by train during a visit to London. I had read about this new museum in Screen International some years before and it came highly recommended. I was especially interested to see the IMAX cinema.
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Visiting 70MM Cinemas of London's West End, September 1990
Widescreen Weekend, Bradford, England
"Interstellar" Goes IMAX 70MM and 5/70 MM
|The giant IMAX projector loaded with 70MM film. 15 perf wide, and the largest film format ever used.|
I met the chief projectionist Dick Vaughan, who is still there to this day (2015). He welcomed me and showed me around the IMAX cinema. One of the first IMAX cinemas - if not THE first of its kind - I had ever seen. Little did I know I would be invited back in 1996 and 15-16 more times to be part of the Widescreen Weekend.
|15 years later this machine was retired and replaced by a pair of the new IMAX machines with a small rotor. The new set up would be able to show IMAX 70MM 3D.|
The old machine was put on display in the museum by special permission from IMAX Corp in Canada.
|The IMAX cinema with many red seats and perfect viewing conditions on the largest screen in England.|
54' x 62', or 16,5m tall and 18,9 meters wide, and curved.
|The largest screen in England.|
|IMAX 70MM film during projection. Note the big projection port, and the small Kodak Carousel slide projector to the left.|
|Downstairs with the Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 70MM/35mm projector and a great number of Kodak Carousel projectors to the right.|
Note the Cinemeccanica non-rewind system in the foreground.
Before opening of the Pictureville cinema, all 5-perf 70mm screenings at the NMPFT took place at the IMAX cinema.
|The great glass facade from 1990. I have seen most of "my" IMAX films at the IMAX in Bradford. However, I have seen even more IMAX films, in my home town of Copenhagen, but they have all been in the unique IMAX Dome format. |
In 1990, I saw my very first glimpse of Cinerama at the NMPFT. A large exhibition explaining all film formats had one small screen showing a short clip from "This is Cinerama". A tiny 16mm installation (I seem to remember) showed a clip of the Roller Coaster ride, and I remember standing very close to the screen and getting the goose bumps up and down my spine when I saw the "join lines".....WOW! that was interesting......and a few years later at the nearby yet-to-be-opened Pictureville Cinema you could see and hear the immortal words by Lowell Thomas. "Ladies and Gentlemen. THIS IS CINERAMA".
|The tickets from my first Bradford visit 20. September 1990. "Grand Canyon" at 12:00 o'clock, and "To the Limit" at 13:00 o'clock. Both excellent IMAX films from the days of 65mm photography at its peak.|
Note the price. GBP 2,50 pr film at any seat in the cinema.
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