Around the Screen in 360 Degrees
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The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Alain Dorange, Malaysia
"Cineorama" installation. 10x 70mm projectors. Image: Wikipedia
I - A CIRCULAR DREAM SINCE 1787
Circular pictures or paintings have existed since the 18th Century. The
Irish painter Robert Baker realised in Edinburgh, Scotland, a 360-degree
painting called ‘Panoramic view of Carlton Hill’ and the public viewed it
from the center of a rotunda. Then many others did and in 1913, in
Baltimore, USA, a building called ‘Cyclorama’ exhibited the panoramic view
of “The Battle of Gettysburg”. It took only a short time for Cinématographe
to take interest into it.
II - THE ELECTRIC CYCLORAMA / 1894
Charles A. Chase from the US chased this idea to create a projection of
fixed slides called “The Electric Cyclorama”. The projection was 28m in
diameter and 10m in height. It was composed of 8 fixed images projected by 8
lanterns installed on the ceiling like a chandelier. Those lanterns were
activated with electric arcs. This concept was patented on September 24th,
III - THE CINEMATORAMA / 1899
On November 16th, 1899, Auguste Baron from France patented the following;
Device for Circular Panoramic, Animated projections in colours under the
name ‘Cinematorama’. He also patented a few months later, a complimentary
equipment to add the sound. Little is known because all those concepts were
mostly theoretical and never saw the public daylight by lack of funding.
What we do know, was his dream to project on a 30m diameter x 11m height
circular screen with 6 or 10 cameras / projectors using a 50mm film. The
sound process machine was called ‘graphophonoscope’. A picture is included
here showing the concept of the theater.
IV - THE CINEORAMA / 1900
This has been fully described in a previous article “A Century of Widescreen
at the International’s Fairs”; 10 films 70mm running at 16fps from 10
projectors mounted on a carousel. Projection on a 32m diameter x 10m height
pentagonal screen. The mystery remains whether it was shown only 3 days at
this Expo or none at all. In Germany, the given name was Cineorama Balloon
since the views were shot from a balloon.
V - PHOTORAMA LUMIÈRE / 1902
The Lumière Brothers design a carousel called ‘Periphote’ with 10 lenses.
The ten views are projected by a device called ‘Photorama’. Again, those
views are only fixed slides shown on a circular screen 6m in height. The
first Photorama Theater opened in February 1902 in Paris but with little
VI - THE CIRCARAMA / 1955 / THE DREAM IS ALIVE
Walt Disney, having experienced the Cinerama in 1952, had a thought; why not
expand the curved screen from 146 to 360 degrees. Ub Iwerks (the father of
Don Iwerks who designed the 870 widescreen) and Roger Broggio put that
thought into practice and named it ‘Circarama’, 50 years after Cineorama.
This Circarama process evolved into 3 steps:
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For numerous recordings on the route tracks between the scheduled trains a
car was modified in that way that during the recordings the view on all
sides was free. Image from
Kino-Technik No 8 / 1963.
1. 1955 - 11 Arriflex cameras 16mm (and 11 projectors). There are 11
screens, each separated from each other by a 150mm vertical black stripe in
order to give space to the projector. The Premiere took place with the movie
“A Tour of the West” on July 17th, 1955 at the American Motors Company
building at a new place called Disneyland in Anaheim, Florida. The theater
was only 12m in diameter holding 150 visitors and each of the 11 screens was
3.1m x 2.5m. The sound was delivered on a separate 35mm spool supporting 4
magnetic tracks to feed 4 speakers.
2. 1961- The number of cameras is reduced from 11 to 9 and the 16mm films
are blown up to 35mm. The result was shown at the Expo 61 in Turin, Italy
with the movie “Italia 61”.
3. 1964 - The nine 16mm cameras are replaced by
nine 35mm cameras and the first corresponding movie was “La Magie du Rail”
(The Magic of the Rails) at the
"EXPO 64" in
Lausanne, Switzerland. The name of Circarama
changed to the name of Circle Vision 360 at the request of Cinerama Inc. on
August 11th, 1964 because they claimed the names of Cinerama and Circarama
were too close. This Cinerama caprice was accepted by Disney to avoid
wasting time for positive actions. Therefore, to avoid any confusion, at the
Expo 61 of Turin which took place from May 1st up to October 31st, 1961, the
name was Circarama and afterwards the name changed to Circle Vision 360, but
with the same process i.e. nine 35mm cameras. The given ratio for this
format is 12.00:1.
VII - THE CIRCARAMA / CIRCLE VISION 360 MOVIES: INITIAL RELEASE DATES
Most of those movies (except the specific ones for the International World’s
Fairs) have been shown to various Disney Resorts. Here are the titles with
their initial opening dates. Chapter VIII shows the same titles at the
various showing locations:
“A Tour of the West / 12 minutes / 11 x 16mm”. Opening: July 17th, 1955 at
Disneyland Resort Anaheim, US.
“America the Beautiful / 16 minutes / 11 x 16mm”. Opening: April 17th, 1958
at Expo 58 Brussels, Belgium. Opening: July 24th, 1959 at the American
National Exhibition in Sokolniki Park, Moscow, Russia.
“Italia 61 / 28 minutes / 9 x 16mm blown up to 35mm”. Opening: May 1st, 1961
at Expo 61 Turin, Italy.
Screen size: 32m Diameter (one of the largest Circaramas). Sponsored by
“La Magie du Rail - Zauber Der Schiene / 20minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening:
April 30th, 1964 at the Swiss National Exhibition Lausanne, Switzerland.
Screen size: 27m in diameter, 10m x 7m each. Sound was as usual on a
separate 35mm spool but now with 9 magnetic tracks. Sponsor: Swiss Federal
“America the Beautiful / 18 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. This is a re-shot in 35mm
under the name of Circle Vision 360. Opening: June 25th, 1967 at Walt Disney
World Resort Orlando, Florida.
“Canada 67 / 22 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: April 28th, 1967 at Expo 67
Montreal, Canada. 12 sound channels;1 channel for each screen and 3 overhead
dimensional sound (9 + 3 = 12, just in case!). The aerial shots taken
onboard a B-25 Bomber rebuilt by Paul Mantz’s Tallmantz Aviation. This guy,
Paul Marantz, managed finally to close the circle from 146 to 360 degrees.
Sponsor: The Telephone Association of Canada.
“Magic Carpet Around the World / 21 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: March
16th, 1974 at Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida. Sponsor: Monsanto.
“America the Beautiful / 28 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. This is now the third
version for this movie by including additional sequences of Philadelphia for
the American Bicentennial”. Opening: various dates during 1975.
“Impressions de France / 18 minutes / 5 x 35mm”. Opening: October 1st, 1982
at the France Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida. This is actually a semi-circular movie, only covering 200
degrees with 5 projectors (better anyway than the Heraclorama). This movie
is still running in 2020 and mentioned in the Guinness World Records of 2017
as being “The longest running daily screening of a film in the same theater
(Palais du Cinema) and unmodified”. There are 30 shows daily. In January
2020 this movie is upgraded to Digital 4K and becomes seamless. It be played
in alternance with the new movie “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along”(200
degrees and seamless).
“O Canada! / 14 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: October 1st, 1982 at the
Canada Pavilion, same location as “Impressions de France”. It closed on
August 6th, 2007 for an upgrading and the new version started on September
“Wonders of China / 19 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: October 1st, 1982 at
Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida. Shown for a long time up to March
23rd, 2003 and replaced by “Reflections of China”.
“Magic Carpet’ Round the World / 22 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: April
15th, 1983 at Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo, Japan. This is a revised version
from the one in 1974, by getting new footage about Europe and the US.
“American Journeys / 21 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: July 7th, 1984 at
Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California.
“Portraits of Canada / 20 minutes / 9 x35mm”. Opening: May 2nd, 1986 at Expo
86 Vancouver, Canada. Sponsor: Telecom Canada.
at Le Visionarium. Note the two (of nine) projection ports between the three
screens of 35mm film. Disneyland Paris, 1999. Picture: Thomas
“Le Visionarium / 19 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: April 12th, 1992 at
Disneyland Paris, Marne la Vallée, France. Like “The Wonderful World of the
Brothers Grimm”, it was the first time that Circle Vision was telling a
story. The main character was Jules Verne played by the French actor Michel
Piccoli. This show has been presented in two other places besides Paris;
Tokyo Disney Resort in Tokyo and Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake
Orlando, Florida. To confuse everyone, the title changed from time to time
depending on the time and place “Le Visionarium”, “The Timekeeper”
“Un Voyage a Travers le Temps”, “From Time to Time”.
The movie made use of audio-animatronic characters (9-Eye and the
Timekeeper) interacting with it. Some European sequences were replaced by
some American ones to avoid a culture shock in the US. For the Florida
presentation, the scene of a balloon riding over the Red Square in Moscow
was removed. The music was also changed for no reason (they did the same
mutilation for the Luc Besson movie “The Big Blue”).
“Reflections of China / 13 minutes / 9 x 35”. Opening: May 22nd, 2003 at
Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida. This was to replace the previous
one; “Wonders of China of 1982”and updated by including views about Hong
Kong and Macau since they were now part of China.
“O Canada! / 13 minutes / 9 x 35mm. Opening: September 1st, 2007 at Walt
Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida. This is the second version updated
with 50% new footage and a new soundtrack. The third revision will come in
“Canada Far and Wide / 12 minutes / 9 x 35mm (unconfirmed). Opening: January
13th, 2020, the same place as above. Actually, this is the third revision of
“O Canada!” with a new title. Just to recap, the two previous versions were
at the following dates:
- First one: from October 1st, 1982 to August 6th, 2007.
- Second one: from September 1st, 2007 to August 1st, 2019.
- Third one: from January 13th 2020 to ?
Those 3 versions are under the process Circle Vision 360 with some
reservation for the last one.
“Wondrous China / 15 minutes / 9 x Digital cameras”. This is the first
Circle Vision 360 Seamless (so digital) to replace the previous argentic one
“Wonders of China, 1982”. Opening: date is unconfirmed.
“Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along / 5 x Digital cameras”. This is also a
seamless Circle Vision 360 with 5 screens. Opening: date is unconfirmed.
Supposedly playing in alternance with “Impressions de France”, that one
being ‘upgraded’ to 4K and seamless. There were two movies which were
aborted or promoted as a lie (dixit Disney website):
“Vietnam 360 / Circle Vision 360” supposedly taking place in August 1966 at
“Mushu, the Dragon / Circle Vision 360 - Seamless”. This movie was announced
at the end of 2016 by Bob Chapek, the Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and
Resorts at that time. Now in 2020 we know it will never be the case simply
because for the live version of MULAN, this dragon is not in the picture.
space ship typed cinema structure. Here “The Visionarium” 360 cinema,
EuroDisney / Disneyland Paris, 1992. Picture: Thomas Hauerslev
VIII - THE CIRCARAMA /
360 AT THE DISNEY LOCATIONS
In our opinion all the different names used by the Disney Companies to
describe their Parks / Resorts are extremely messy and as such confusing.
So, we are showing the proper names of the 6 Disney locations around the
world and only use those names to avoid any confusion as much as possible:
- Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California. Opening: July 17th, 1955
- Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida. Opening: October 1st, 1971
- Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo, Japan. Opening: April 15th, 1983
- Disneyland Paris Marne la Vallée, France. Opening: April 12th, 1992
- Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Opening: September
- Shanghai Disney Resort Pudong, China. Opening: June 16th, 2016
The following list is by Disney Resorts and by chronological year:
8.1 - Disneyland Resort
1955 “A Tour of the West”.
1960 “America the Beautiful”/ First version.
1967 “America the Beautiful”/ Second version.
1984 “Wonders of China”
8.2 - Walt Disney World Resort
1971 “America the Beautiful”/ Second version.
1974 “Canada 67” / Briefly for the Salute to Canada.
“Magic Carpet’s Round the World” / First version.
1975 “America the Beautiful” / Third version.
1979 “Magic Carpet’ Round the World” / First version.
1982 “Impressions de France”.
“Wonders of China”.
1983 “O Canada!” / First version.
1984 “American Journeys”.
1994 “The Time Keeper”.
1995 “Reflections of China”.
2007 “O Canada!” / Second version.
8.3 - Tokyo Disney Resort
1984 “Magic carpet’ Round the World”/ Second version.
1986 “American Journeys”.
1992 “The Visionarium”.
8.4 - Disneyland Paris
1992 “Un Voyage a Travers le Temps / The Visionarium”.
8.5 - Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
8.6 - Shanghai Disney Resort
Panorama in 1959
IX - KRUGORAYA / CIRCULAR KINOPANORAMA
The circular Krugoraya Theater opened on June 6th, 1959 at the new
Kinopanorama Pavilion near the southern entrance of the USSR Exhibition of
Economic Achievements in Moscow. This theater is still active today despite
years of lack of maintenance and was renovated in 2018, having closed
between 1995 and 2006. The first three movies where projected on 2 rows of
11 screens each; 1 row at the human level and 1 row above the previous one.
The lower screens are 4.9m x 3.6m each on 17m diameter. The upper screens
are of conical shape with an inclination of 59 degrees compared to the floor
level. Each screen has a width of 4.9m at the bottom and 4.2m on top with a
height of 3.5m. The screens are divided by a black velvet stripe 150mm wide
and 500mm between the lower and upper ones. In total, there are 22
projectors of 35mm and fully synchronised. The stereophonic sound (9
channels) is delivered by 36 speakers: 1 behind each screen (1 x 22 = 22,
confirmed!), 7 on the floor and 7 at the ceiling. By April 4th, 1966, the
two rows of screens are removed and replaced by only one row at the human
level. There are still 11 screens 4.9m wide x 7.2m height. The 11 films do
have an anamorphic ratio of 1.63:1. Each movie is having a running time of
20 minutes in order to stand on a spool to avoid any complex change over.
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Soviet Circular Panorama
The movies projected on 22 screens x 35mm, no official title in English.
1959 “The Road of Spring”.
1960 “At the Vienna Festival”.
1961 “Ships and Under Water”.
Circular Panorama "Krugorama", with 22 screens. Two times 11 screens stacked upon each other.
Picture from Grigorij Shandorovich, Moscow, Russia
The movies projected on 11 screens x 35mm, no official title in English.
1966 “Hello the Capital (aka Let’s go, Let’s go)”.
1966 “Take Us with You, Tourists”.
1969 “Summer in Czechoslovakia”
1969 “The Road on the Road”.
1973 “50th Anniversary of the Soviet Union”.
1975 “I want to talk about the GRD” (GRD: Russian Ruble).
1978 “Sports, Awesome and Beautiful”.
1980 “Far - Close”.
1983 “At the Far Side”.
1984 “Inexhaustible Springs”.
1985 “Volga, a Russian River”.
1986 “And the Highest Aspiration of the Dream”.
1987 “Legend of the Rus”.
1990 “My Love Russia, my Pain”/ sound: 6 channels.
1993 “This is what we call Motherland”/ sound: 6 channels.
Out of those 18 movies, only 3 have survived:
- “Volga a Russian River”.
- “Take Us with You, Tourists”.
- “Let’s go, Let’s go”.
Cavalcade" in London, 1963.
X - CIRCLORAMA IN LONDON / 1963
This process is already fully documented on this website:
- “The new Circlorama cinema in London”.
- “Memories of Circlorama”.
- “The real story behind Circlorama”.
- “The true story of Circlorama”.
- “Circlorama Cavalcade credits”.
Only two movies were produced with stereophonic sound,9 channels. 51
speakers behind screens and the floor. Projections on 18m diameter:
- “Russian Roundabout / 20 minutes / 11 x 35mm”. Opened May 1st, 1963.
- “Circlorama Cavalcade / 22 minutes / 11 x 16mm (for cost reduction)”.
Opened in 1964 (no one has the exact date).
The true history of Circlorama 1962-65
XI - SWISSORAMA (1984)
Also described on this website under the title “All-Around
Cinema - Ernst A. Heiniger‘s Swissorama”.
The Swissorama process is using just one camera with a 70mm film, vertical
pull down ,10 perfo, 24fps. One projector at the ceiling of the theater, 20m
diameter. The projection is seamless.
Only one movie was produced; “Impressions of Switzerland / 20 minutes / 1 x
70mm”. Opening: July 2nd, 1984 at the Swiss Museum of Transport and
Communication in Lucerne, Switzerland. In 1981, Ernst had a project
supposedly the first Swissorama film with the working title of “The Spirit
of Adventure” but it was not carried out.
XII - IWERKS’ IMAGINE 360
In 1986, due to a lack of possible future, Ernst A. Heiniger brought his
camera to Don Iwerks (the son of the one who made Ub Iwerks / Circarama) and
made few alterations and the process was renamed as ‘Imagine 360’. The
projectors were manufactured by Ballantyne of Omaha and connected to a newly
Iwerks 70mm film loop cabinet allowing for continuous operation without
rewinding the film. The resulting movies were the following:
- “Shikoku Alive”/ 15 minutes / 1 x 70mm”. Opening: November 1988 at the
Seto Ohashi Bridge Expo 88 Shikoku Pavilion (near the city of Kagawa),
- “Destination Berlin / 10 minutes / 1 x 70mm”. Opening: December 20th, 1988
at the Blaue Kuppel Theater named “ Panorama “ in West Berlin, Germany.
- “Mi Pais Biasco” (My Basque Country) / 9 minutes / 1 x 70mm. Opening:
April 20th, 1992 at Expo 92 Seville, Spain. Presented at the Pays Basque
Pavilion on a screen of 14m diameter. The audience is seated on rotative
seats instead of standing up like for the other circular presentations.
- “California Beach Party”/ 1 x 70mm. During 1999 but unconfirmed as it was
not presented to the public.
Cinema 360 at Futuroscope, Poitiers, in France, 1992. Picture: Thomas
- CIRCORAMA (1989)
Developed by Patrick Besenval (France) and the Futuroscope Park (near
Poitiers / France), the CircOrama is close to the Circarama but with the
- 9 cameras ARRI 3 / 35mm (instead of ARRIFLEX).
- 25 fps for a better synchro between sound and picture since the electrical
power in Europe is 50 Hz (60Hz in the US / Japan) instead of 24 fps.
- Adjacent cabinets near the projectors for endless loop projection.
- 9 channel soundtrack (one speaker behind each screen) and 1 on the
13.1 - Films at the Futuroscope
The theater is called ‘Le Cinema 360’. The 9 screens are 7.7m x 4.4m each on
a 21m in diameter.
“Un Tour de France en 360 degrés / 18 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. This is about the
yearly race in France with bicycles. From 1989 to 1991.
“Andalousie (Andalousia in Spain) / 20 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. From 1992 up to
1994 (also shown at the Expo 92 Seville, Spain, from April 20th up to
“L’Europe en Multicoques (Europe on board of a Trimaran) / 17 minutes / 9 x
35mm”. From 1995 to 1999.
“Couleurs Brésil (colourful Brazil) / 19 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. From 2000 to
13.2 - Arromanches-les-Bains / France / Cinema 360
Arromanches-les-Bains in Normandy is the historical place for the D-Day
(June 6th, 1940) since the Americans and Allies did land at the beaches
around Arromanches-les-Bains. There is a museum near the sea which opened on
June 5th, 1954. In this museum, a small theater showing the same documentary
since the opening. The movie was in 16mm and replaced few years ago by a
digital copy. Then in 1994, on top of the hill, they built a theater for a
360-degree projection and took the CircOrama process. Two films have now
“Le Prix de la Liberté / The Price of Freedom / 18 minutes / 9 x 35mm”.
Movie from D. Benicheti. Opening: June 6th, 1994, closing November 28th,
“Les 100 Jours de Normandie / Normandy’s 100 Days / 19 minutes / 9 x Digital
HD”. Opening: February 2nd, 2013 and still running.
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Cinema Circulaire 360 -
sample from Arromanches of a 2-panel clip.
Click the image, to see enlargement.
XIV - OTHER CIRCULAR MOVIES AT THE WORLD’S FAIRS
The following list excludes all the movies already mentioned in the previous
14.1 - Expo 1964-1965 New York, USA
“From Every Horizon / 12 minutes / 10 x 16mm”. Opening: April 22nd, 1964,
New York, USA. Film from Fred A. Niles and sponsored by the Port of New York
Authority. Shot with 10 cameras Arriflex 16mm and projectors at the ceiling.
The theater is called ‘Theater 360’ and installed at the Port Authorities
Heliport and Exhibit Building. The screens are 18m in diameter.
“Around New York / 15 minutes / 6 x 35mm, anamorphic 2.35:1”. Opening: April
22nd, 1964 at the Theaterama. The screens are 24m in diameter and 6m in
height. Projection by means of 6 Norelco projectors.
14.2 - Expo 67 Montreal, Canada
“Polar Life / 18 minutes / 11 x 35mm”. Opening: April 22nd, 1964 at the Man
the Explorer Pavilion. Film from Graeme Ferguson (one of the co-inventors of
IMAX) and shot in Greenland. The audience is seated on a rotating platform
with a few stops during the rotation.
14.3 - Expo 68 – The 1968
Hemisfair, San Antonio, TX. (The U.S. Pavilion)
“The Wide World of Ford / 10 minutes / 9 x 16mm”. Opening: April 4th, 1968
at the Ford Pavilion. Film from Peter Toukamian projected on the concave
Styrofoam walls since the theater is of conical shape with a base of 18m at
the bottom and 4.5m at the roof section. The screen area is 5m high and 56m
in circumference. The projectors (Kodak Zenolite Pageant) are inclined at 22
degrees and mounted at 2.5m above the ground. They are holding 5 times the
movie to reduce the manual operations.
14.4 - Expo 70 Osaka, Japan
“Horizon / Continuous projection / 9 x 70mm (blown up from 35mm)”. Opening:
March 15th, 1970 at the Australia’s Commonwealth Unit. For this Australian
movie, each screen is showing a different view. Those 9 films are mounted on
an endless loop for continuous show. The public is standing up and walk
along a ramp (spiral) in which 1400 speakers are engraved. The Screens are
on 34m diameter.
Circulaire 360 is located in Arromanches on the Normandy coast of France.
1992 Picture: Thomas Hauerslev
“A Tribute to Man / 18 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: March 15th, 1970 at the
Film from Shinya Izumi. The audience is seated (500 seats) on a circular
platform, hydraulically lifted in one minute from the floor up to the level
of the screens. This theater is called ‘Global Vision Theater’ and during
the performance, the platform rotates. The diameter of this theater is 32m
and fed by 12 tracks magnetic sound.
14.5 - Expo 92 Seville, Spain
“Sights of China / 15 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: April 20th, 1992 at the
China Pavilion. The public is seated on the floor.
“Australia Hexaplex / 15 minutes / 6 x 35mm”. Opening: April 20th, 1992 at
the Australian Pavilion. Hexaplex was a complex process designed by Mike
Browning. Shot from a camera rig composed of 6 interlocked Arri cameras
(24fps, full aperture) and rotating at 1RPM in order to move the joints
between the panels. There are 6 fix screens mounted on a hexagonal
arrangement with their edges almost touching. Each of the 6 projectors was
mounted at the middle and on top of the screen. Both projectors (Kinoton)
and screens remained fixed into position. The audience (around 120 people
per show) is on a low speed rotating platform, turning in reverse direction
of the one used at the shooting of the 6 films. The 6 films are running from
locally made (Spain) cabinets for endless loop projection. Initially the
idea was to project in 70mm (blown up from 35mm) but due to cost issue the
original format remains (source: Phillip Grace from ACMI).
14.6 - Expo 93 Taejon, South Korea
“Postcards: Touring the World / 12 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: August 7th,
1993 at the Korean Air Pavilion. Movie in Circle Vision 360 from Bob Roger
(creator of the Holavision Theater for which the ghost’s images were shot on
70mm Film) and Craig Bartlett.
design of a circular cinema. A cylinder structure. Here "Le Cinema 360" at
Futuroscope, Poitiers, in France, 1992. Picture: Thomas Hauerslev
XV - MERCEDES-BENZ and VOLKSWAGEN
Since the cars have round wheels making a complete circle, Mercedes and
Volkswagen have been making use of the Circle Vision process to present
15.1 - Mercedes-Benz
“The Fortune Teller / 14 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: February 1997 at the
National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) in Atlanta at their Mercedes
Circle Scope Theater accommodating 800 people. Each screen is 6.5m x 3.3m
with 11 channels of surround sound. Film from Karen Jorgensen of
Kaleidoscope Productions. Then this circular advert has been circulating
afterwards to many other places such as:
- The Lipton ATP Tour tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida.
- The Taste of Chicago Festival.
- The Star Fair in Dallas, Texas.
- The Los Angeles Auto Show.
- New York International Automobile Show
15.2 – Volkswagen
“The Secret of Security / 12 minutes / 9 x 35mm transferred to Digital”.
Opening: Mid 2000 at the VW Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. The 9 Screens
are covering a circumference of 56m in a nonagon shape, one speaker behind
XVI - CIRCULATING THE CIRCULAR
Here are some other identified locations in Asia but this list is not
complete, and readers are welcome to add any missing titles. These are
Circle Vision theaters.
“The Badaling Great Wall / 17 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: September 2nd,
1990 in Badaling, China.
“Terracotta Army Exhibit / 15 minutes / 9 x 35mm”. Opening: end of the 90’s
at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, 35km from Xian, China.
“Cirkino Vision” was the name given in Japan for a similar system to Circle
Vision 360.Such theater was opened on April 10th, 1964 at the National
Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan. This is now replaced Naturally
and Scientifically by a Digital projection inside a sphere where the
audience is standing in the middle on a bridge, not unlike for Cineorama in
WE HAVE NOW REACHED FULL CIRCLE.
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