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The Hateful Eights opens in 7OMM at the Grand Rex
2500 people attends premiere in Paris, France

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev. Pictures by: Richard Patry. Special thanks to Stéphane LANDFRIED. Date: 13.12.2016
The Grand Rex in Paris all dressed up for the magnificent premiere of Quentin Tarantino's new flick "The Hateful Eight" in glorious Ultra Panavision 70

Following the European premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, Thursday 10. December, the "The Hateful Eight" Road-Show moved to continental Europe, to open to a sold out house at the largest cinema in Europe:  The Grand Rex in Paris.

I had the opportunity to talk to Stéphane LANDFRIED (Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français) about this spectacular premiere.

In70mm.com: How did it go at the Grand Rex last night?

Stéphane LANDFRIED: It was huge !!!! Overture on the curtain with lower and lower lights, 12 minutes of intermission, music to start the second part and theater bell in the lobby. The projection was incredible. They didn't use the anamorphic optical furbished by the Weinsteins but an anamorphic lens from a digital projector. The result was totally perfect.

The print is totally incredible in quality!

in70mm.com: How many people attended, 1500?

Stéphane LANDFRIED: More than that. The total capacity is 2,750 but 250 seats are closed due to the temporarily 70mm booth at the mezzanine. So they were 2,500.
More in 70mm reading:

Les 8 Salopards en 70 mm - au cinéma le 6 janvier

"The Hateful Eight" 70mm Theatre List and Projection Details

"The Hateful Eight" Production Notes

Motion pictures photographed in MGM Camera 65 / Ultra Panavision 70

Elbeuf’s Grand Mercure Cinema, France’s only cinema theatre to be showing INTERSTELLAR in 70mm

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Quentin Tarantino was in the 70mm booth of The Grand Rex Friday, 11. December 2015 with the two French technicians who made this possible with the distributor (SND): Alain Surmulet at the center and Jean-Baptiste Hennion at right.

The picture was taken by Richard Patry (President of the French National Association of Theaters Owners and President of NOE Cinémas and exhibitor in Normandy including Grand Mercure, Elbeuf). A huge fan of 70mm like me!
Movie stars on stage introducing the film

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After the premiere, the film will travel as a road-show as intended by the director to the following cinemas:

The French Roadshow Tour

• Kinepolis de Lomme le 26 décembre introduced by Mr CINERAMA FRANCE - François CARRIN
• Grand Mercure d’Elbeuf le 27 décembre
• Cézanne d’Aix en Provence le 30 Décembre
• Apollo Ciné 8 de Rochefort le 2 Janvier
• Gaumont Marignan à Paris le 4 Janvier

Le Grand Rex 7OMM Technique

At the right of the projection booth, we can see the light coming from the video projector for the French sub-titles. Picture by Jean Claude Mahe, Chief Projectionist of the Rex Complex.

Ultra Panavision70 7OMM test pattern for alignment of projector. Picture by Jean Claude Mahe, Chief Projectionist of the Rex Complex.
Projection room with a Kinoton DP75

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7OMM film ready to be projected

Philips DP75 projector and anamorphic lens

Close up of Philips DP75 projector and anamorphic lens

Philips DP75 projector with 7OMM film

Please be seated

The Hateful Eight has begun

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