70mm Cinema Eden, Pilsen, Czech Republic
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by: Luděk Brejcha, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Cinema Eden. Picture from Luděk Brejcha's collection
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I'm former professional projectionist from Pilsen, Czech Republic and
now I'm a fan of all aspects of film and projection techniques. In Pilsen,
there was a cinema called EDEN for 70 and 35mm projection, and
"my" cinema, the HVEZDA (The Star).
Both cinemas EDEN and HVEZDA are closed. Projectors ended up God knows
Cinema Eden, Pilsen, founded by the "Invalids Association", opened in 1920 with the name "Invalid". The cinema was nationalized in 1948 and was
re-started with the new name "Svět" (The World). After
rebuilding in the sixties, a completely new cinema with another new name
was born: The Panoramic Cinema Eden, with dual 70mm/35mm film projection
equipment made by Meopta Přerov in sixties. Two Czechoslovak MEOPTA UM 70/35 projectors
numbers #003 and #007, thus
making them two of first these projectors. The sound and acoustics were
very good too. The first valve amps were replaced by fully transistorised
amplifiers from the Tesla brand, type AKT 635 with 6 x 30W effect. 5
speakers behind the screen, and 12 effects speakers in the auditoria.
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The important part of the Eden's Meopta UM70/35 projectors were the 70mm magnetic sound heads. This one is in the collection of the author of
this text. A personal gift to him from the former Eden projectionist,
Mr. Jiří Šobr.
The first motion picture in 1967 was the premiere of
Shatterhand" in MCS 70 Superpanorama 70mm. The number of seats in the
rebuilt cinema was 540. The golden era of this cinema was from 1967 to
1970. The Eden had two projectionists upstairs, and the third
projectionist operating the show from the middle of the
auditorium. From here, he had the possibility to make adjustments to the
focus and volume settings. The new Eden became very popular, and the
city installed road signs to make it easier for the audience to find the
A very beautiful cinema of it day with the auditorium in ocher and brown
colors. The curtain
was in russet, a dark brown color with a reddish-orange tinge. The
leatherette seats were brown and with perfect exceeding, and very
comfortable. Of all the 70mm films I saw at the Eden, I particularly enjoyed
"Grand Prix", what a fantastic adventure!, "Spartacus",
"Le Mans", "Battle
Of The Bulge", "West Side Story", great music and sound!,
"Alien", a thrill!,
"The Bridge At Remagen", "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind",
"Liberation" ("Osvoboždenie", a Soviet production in five parts! and
Moscow", another Soviet production. The USSR productions used to be
very popular, however, after 1968 the Czech people largely ignored them.
started to decline in the early 1989s when the first multiplexes arrived.
The Cinema Eden closed its doors after the
final performance on February 27, 2006. After closure the building was
completely rebuilt and now houses a medical laboratory.
Cinema HVEZDA (The Star)
three pics are from cinema HVEZDA (The Star) . In this cinema, where I
worked, we had two MEOPTA Meo 5XB projectors - on the pcture from projection
room. These Meopta projectors are for 35mm film only.
MEOPTA Meo 5XB projectors
HVEZDA (The Star)
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