| ( BW)(CA-ARCLIGHT-CINEMAS) Cinerama Dome to Screen ``How the West Was Won'' in Original Three-Strip Cinerama Projection -- First Time Since 1965 |
****LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 18, 2003--
Exclusive Southern California Engagement September 12-25 at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood
****ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood announced today that it will present an exclusive Los Angeles engagement of the Academy Award winning film "How the West Was Won" in its original 3-strip Cinerama projection at the Cinerama Dome this September 12-25.
****"We are excited to bring a bit of cinematic history back to the Cinerama Dome," said ArcLight Cinemas' CEO Christopher Forman. "Witnessing three-strip Cinerama first hand is extraordinary, and we are honored that we can share this rare experience with film audiences. This presentation of `How the West Was Won' is the perfect example of how ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood has become a bridge between historic Hollywood and a new generation of movie lovers."
****"How the West Was Won" has not been seen publicly in its original three-strip Cinerama projection in Los Angeles since 1965. The Cinerama Dome is one of a handful of theaters left in the world that has the capability to screen three-strip Cinerama. Three stand alone projectors at the Cinerama Dome -- "Alpha," "Baker" and "Charlie" -- require three projectionists to screen three-strip Cinerama, creating a multi-paneled image on the 86 x 31 foot Cinerama Dome screen. There were only two feature length films created using the three-strip Cinerama process -- "The Adventures of the Brothers Grimm" (1962) and "How the West Was Won" (1963), plus 5 travelogues. The original three-strip Cinerama cameras, which simultaneously exposed three strips of film through three adjacent camera lenses, are currently on display in the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood lobby.
****Dubbed as "the mightiest adventure that ever lived," "How the West Was Won" features a tremendous star-studded cast that includes Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Warren Beatty, Ronald Reagan, James Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood, and the Duke himself, John Wayne. Directed by not one but three film directors, including the legendary John Ford, this epic broke box office records upon its initial release in 1963.
****Tickets to see "How the West Was Won" are currently available online at www.arclightcinemas.com, or on site at the ArcLight Cinemas box office and automated ticketing kiosks.
****ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year on October 16th with a recreation of its first premiere -- Stanley Kramer's 1963 comedy "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." The proceeds from the evening will benefit the Stanley Kramer Directing Fellowship at the Graduate School of Theater Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles.
****About the Cinerama Dome
****The Cinerama Dome, the world-known and beloved Hollywood landmark at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood was built in an astonishing 14 weeks in time for its first premiere -- Stanley Kramer's "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in 1963. It was designed in the Modern Style by Welton Beckett and Associates, based on the geodesic dome principle of Los Angeles architect Buckminster Fuller. The Dome is the only geodesic dome in the world built entirely of 316 interlocking concrete hexagons. Pacific Theatres renovated the Cinerama Dome and expanded the property to include 14 additional screens in 2002, creating ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood.
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