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#1 of 6 Bob Furmanek

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Posted October 06 2007 - 12:20 PM

Here's the true story on John Wayne's classic 3-D film, including documentation on the correct widescreen aspect ratio:

http://www.3dfilmpf....info-hondo.html

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#2 of 6 FranklinC

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Posted October 06 2007 - 01:31 PM

Fascinating article. Thanks.

Here's hoping we actually get to see a theatrical showing of this in stereoscopic 3-D.

#3 of 6 David_B_K

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Posted October 07 2007 - 04:06 AM

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In conclusion, Mrs. Wayne was quoted as saying, “They were doing 3D [in the 1950s] to get people back into theaters, today, we have digital cinema, and about 700 or 800 theaters in the U.S. that can now show this movie in the format they wanted it shown in. And look what Jim Cameron and others are doing * that's all coming forward as a response to home entertainment systems. That's why I think a Hondo tour would be a huge hit. Everyone knows John Wayne, but very few people have ever seen him in the 3D format.”

Tell that to the 128,000 people who saw it at the Paramount in New York City one cold winter in 1953.

It was an interesting article, but the author was a tad too picky with that last remark. Considering how long it has been since 1953, I think it would be accurate to say "few have seen John Wayne in 3D". Certainly few living viewers have. I, for one would love to see a theatrical showing of Hondo.

#4 of 6 Bob Furmanek

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Posted October 07 2007 - 05:26 AM

Her exact quote was "very few people have ever seen him in the 3D format."

Now, if she had said "very few living people" - that would be different. The film grossed over 4 million dollars. At an average of 49 cents a ticket, that's a LOT of people who saw the film in theaters.

By the way, the world premiere was in your home town. Is the Majestic Theater still there?

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#5 of 6 WadeM

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Posted October 07 2007 - 05:54 AM

Great informative article. Thank you!

#6 of 6 David_B_K

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Posted October 07 2007 - 07:30 AM

The Majestic in downtown Houston is long gone. Indeed, there are no more "old time" theaters here any more. Of our last few, the Alabama is now a bookstore, and the River Oaks is no longer a big screen theater with a balcony. It has been split into multiple screens and now only shows Sundance-type fare. The Tower theater became a Hollywood video store. It's all cineplexes now.