Wow...memory plays tricks...I must have seen Norway and Finians Rainbow at two of the 3 theaters after the Warner was sliced and diced.
I had seen many Roadshow films at the Warner prior to the converting it into 3 theaters.
Exodus was my first followed by El Cid, Mad World and Greatest Story Ever Told, Grand Prix-among others ...
What I recall - that the projection booth was in the orchestra thereby partially blocking a full view of the screen even though the screen was quite large. Remember recall marveling that Mad World didn't have the seams in the screen that previous Cinerama films had.
Also, sometime in the early 60's I believe that the Warner went through a refurbishing and modernizing of the theatre. Perhaps prior to the Mad World run.
All the roadshow theatres in Times Sq of the 50's and 60's were really showcase theatre with great sound and projection.
Hi. I am still waiting here in Australia for my copy to come. I also have not seen it since 1971. Your summation is encouraging to me re the good salvageable elements in it. I have the LP soundtrack converted to cd and Henderson's voice is great. (As with Shirley Jones-who was offered the role of Mrs Brady- on THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY, they occasionally derived ways to give her solo singing opportunities.) I recall Florence in the '80's promoting a strange New Age-sounding "answer" called The Mental Bank. Nonetheless, her stage musical career is more illustrious than her later efforts. I recommend listening to the 1954 Broadway cast recording of FANNY, her "break out" role, I think. If you know the Leslie Caron movie, the tunes will be familiar to you. They elected to use them as underscore, an odd decision considering Joshua Logan also directed the stage show.Yes, the movie is a mess, but having watched it tonight for the first time all the way through since its original 70mm engagements, I found it as entertaining as I remembered -- the music, the beautiful scenery, the goofball choreography, the melodramatic script, the inept direction and editing, and the "made for Cinerama" scenes such as the carriage race at the beginning and the runaway hayride (both staged on curvy, narrow mountain roads of course).
What I didn't remember was how pleasant Florence Henderson's performance and vocals were. I guess I took Mrs. Brady for granted in the 70s. Also, this time Robert Morley reminded me of Mr. Creosote in MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE. He looked like he was about to explode.
As for Bells Are Ringing, Kismet, Deep In My Heart and Hit The Deck getting released, I suspect that they were all in pretty good shape and needed only minor spiffing up to be ready for HD.
Funny! Being Americans, they of course only thought it was advertising his rear end.....Joshua Logan's fanny? Anatomically impossible .. although I have heard that our American cousins have got things back to front re that terminology,,,,,,
Yes. Lavish and beautifully sung, but flat and stagey for the most part. Howard Keel said that Minnelli was not interested in the show and gave little or no direction, busying himself with his upcoming production of LUST FOR LIFE. His payoff from MGM for doing KISMET was to be able to do his Van Gogh film, which (pardon the pun) was seen as "art-house" and less likely to make money. Ironically, it did better than KISMET,the losses of which- with those of JUPITER'S DARLING & IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER- helped to kill off the MGM musical.I have Kismet. Love the music (mostly by the great film composer Alexander Borodin) but the movie is only so-so.
Interesting comments.I find the best thing about Kismet are the Jack Cole dances which are straight from Broadway. The women's dances when they are presented to the Caliph as possible bride's are pretty raunchy. What were the parents thinking who brought their children to Radio City at Christmas? I find it lumbering(Minnelli's worst movies are his stage adaptions) with more than its share of longueurs. Keel managed to pack on the pounds since 7 Brides and some of it looks impossibly cheap especially Night of my Nights. Tony Duquette's high school project done the night before it was due. As opposed to his lavish This Heart of Mine and Coffee Time. Metro was having a real economy drive. But most criminal of all is the wholesale slashing of This Is My Beloved one of the most beautiful songs in the score. Damone is so far superior to Kiley on the obc who sounds like he's singing Hajj. At least we get a full Stranger in Paradise including the goosed peacock.
In a theater like the Warner Cinerama did they make the screen smaller for 70mm Cinerama? Do you know the dimensions of the screen for the 3 strip as opposed to the single strip? And what were the differences of the curvature? I wonder if there were those who said but this isn't really Cinerama, you're just show a 70mm film on a curved screen.