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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.
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"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
By Alain Dorange

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.

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After the first European Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on December 11th 2015,the "gang" of "The Hateful Eight" crossed the English Channel to land at Le Grand Rex the next day on December 11th 2015. It was a fantastic event, very lively with the presence on stage by Quentin Tarantino (Writer and Director), Tim Roth, Walton Goggins and Kurt Russel. Le Grand Rex is the first stop of the Road Show Tour in France for this amazing projection in Ultra Panavision 70.

For this Ultra Panavision 70 show, a temporary projection booth was installed at the Mezzanine in order to be in the axis of the screen and only for one night since "Star Wars" will be awaken soon! The projector is a DP75 initially used at the CID of Deauville (Centre International de Deauville) with a Kinoton lamp house of 7000W. The movie has been delivered to France on 10 spools and mounted on 2 platters (Kinoton) as stated by Mr Tristan Frontier of the SND:

1 platter for the part 1 (Overture - movie - Intermission: 6 spools)
1 platter for the part 2 (Entr'act - movie - Exit music : 4 spools The dialogue is in English with Datasat sound (5 speakers behind the screen and 26 for the surrounds).
Ultra Panavision70 7OMM test pattern for alignment of projector. Picture by Jean Claude Mahe, Chief Projectionist of the Rex Complex.

The French sub-titles are projected from a video projector synchronised with the Datasat CSS tracks. The 1.25 anamorphic lens is a BARCO. The Screen (flat screen, always intended for UP70) is 17M X 6,2 M to respect the ratio of 2.76:1. The equipment is the same, which was used for the 2014 Grand Rex Premiere of "Interstellar" on October 31st. The same print will be then used for the next Road Show Tour projections. After the last show on January 4th 2016 at the Gaumont Marignan, it will remain there for a two-week Road Show engagement, starting January 6th, 2016. In the good old days, a Roadshow often lasting many weeks or even years. For example "The Sound of Music" was at the Gaumont, Birmingham (UK) for 168 weeks! Once again Le Grand Rex has performed without a flaw by demonstrating the top quality of the UP70 image. Even being 83 years old (coincidentally the Rex opened on December 8th, 1932), Le Grand Rex knows how to remain the King of the Movie Entertainment.
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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