"How The West Was Won" Coming To The Cinerama Dome Soon

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  1. Peter Kline

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    Updated info from Cinerama, Inc. representative:

    Since Seattle paid for the restoration on HTWWW, they are going to play it first, the first week in March. They are also going to play a newly reconstructed print of TIC like we did in October at the Cinerama Dome. They are talking with John Mitchell in Australia about looking at his old prints of Search For Paradise and Windjammer. Print quality is a big concern so we will probably screen them at the Dome before they decide for sure on whether or not to run them. HTWWW will probably play late March or April at the Dome.
    Watch the ArcLight website.

    The following is a review of the HTWWW print that was screened at the Cinerama Dome in December before an invited audience:

    http://www.in70mm.com/news/2002/htww..._screening.htm

    Vulcan Inc. To Present The Reel Cinerama Film Festival February 28 March 6

    Four Of Seven Cinerama Prints To Be Featured At Festival

    Friday, January 17, 2003

    SEATTLE (January 17, 2003) Vulcan Inc. is proud to present the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, an unprecedented celebration of the original 3-strip format, from February 28 -- March 6 at the Seattle Cinerama Theater. Since its renovation by Paul G. Allen in 1999, the Seattle Cinerama is now the only true Cinerama theatre in the country.

    Only seven Cinerama films were ever made, and four of those will be presented at the Seattle Cinerama as part of the festival, including "How the West Was Won" and "This is Cinerama" - the preservation of which has been made possible by Vulcan Inc. in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Pacific Theatres Intl. The festival also plans on exhibiting rarely seen archived prints of "Search For Paradise" and "Windjammer" as part of the festivities.

    Aside from the technology and process that makes Cinerama films special, their fan base is also unique - and international. On a regular basis Vulcan and various Cinerama fan sites receive e-mail inquiries asking about when Cinerama films will be shown. For many people, seeing Cinerama films in the '60s and '70s was a transformative experience, similar to how 2001, Star Wars and other films touched people of subsequent generations. Eventually replaced by 70mm (a cheaper and easier - if less compelling - format in which to make movies), Cinerama films lost widespread distribution but stayed in the hearts and minds of fans around the world.

    Purchased and painstakingly restored to its original grandeur by Vulcan Inc. under the guiding vision of investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the Seattle Cinerama Theater-opened in 1999 to critical and popular acclaim and remains one of the world's most majestic movie houses - and the only true Cinerama theatre in the country.

    Ticket information will be made available at www.cinerama.com starting February 1.

    Note: "Windjamer" was filmed in the Cinemiracle process which was a knock-off of Cinerama. The film had most of its showings as a Cinerama presentation when the production company for Windjammer sold its' assets to Cinerama, Inc.
     
  2. Brian Kidd

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    Go see HTWWW in Cinerama if you get a chance. I saw it in Dayton a few years ago and it blew me away. Pure spectacle!
     
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    Despite its obvious age, the color on John Harvey's dye-transfer HOW THE WEST WAS WON print in Dayton really popped! (Although completely faded to pink, the Cinerama effects in Mr. Harvey's three-strip BROTHERS GRIMM trailer were still tremendously amusing.)

    The three-strip trailer for HTWWW shown at the Cinerama Dome in October with THIS IS CINERAMA looked just as good as the Dayton dye-transfer print!

    WINDJAMMER was really the best reviewed of all the three-strip travelogues.

    Here's hoping that this new print lives up to our hopes and dreams for true Cinerama preservation.
     
  4. Peter Kline

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    I think the best reviewed of the travelogues was "Seven Wonders Of The World" - the only one nominated for an Academy Award for photography. People I spoke to about the new print of HTWWW say it's great.... except for the obvious fact that many sequences were filmed in 70mm or taken from other 70mm films (see the review URL above) and have always been "grainier" and obviously not in Cinerama. MGM did that do to money overages on the filming, mostly because all of the John Ford sequences had to be refilmed by director Henry Hathaway - although Ford was still given credit.
     
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    Care to make another trip out here, Peter?

    And what about you, Robert? Wanna check this one out? That trailer we all saw after This Is Cinerama screened was something else (with good color). I'm certainly interested.
     
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    I'm up for it, Jack. [​IMG] Should be a fun outing.
     
  9. Peter Kline

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    Back to Hollywood? Maybe.
     

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