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Yes, we used to dress up in our Sunday best to go to the reserved seat Cinerama productions and roadshow attractions like My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. I remember them as if it were yesterday. We had to drive 40 miles to get to the theaters showing them, so it was a special occasion.

I'm seeing My Fair Lady on the big screen for the first time this weekend. While the presentation won't be as wonderful as what you experienced, I couldn't be more excited, and I'm sure it will be like seeing it for the first time, like my first time seeing The Sound of Music and other classics, especially roadshow films, on the big screen.
 

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I remember My Fair Lady with special fondness because I had seen the original Broadway production as a young boy and now was getting to relive that experience on the big screen. The theater where the movie was playing its roadshow engagement had just been built and My Fair Lady was its premiere attraction so everything was brand new with plush seats, deep carpeting, and a first class presentation. With purchased hardback souvenir book in hand (which I still have), it was a thrilling experience for me as a teen.
 

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And if I'm not mistaken, the LD transfer is from a 70mm or 35mm 3 panel combine/composite for general release, hence the cropping on the sides.

The LD is from 35mm general release. I think the TCM broadcast is from Ultra Panavision 70mm 2.76:1 so no picture info is cropped (for prologue and opening titles). Rest of the broadcast has the same picture info on the sides as the LD.
 

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I remember My Fair Lady with special fondness because I had seen the original Broadway production as a young boy and now was getting to relive that experience on the big screen. The theater where the movie was playing its roadshow engagement had just been built and My Fair Lady was its premiere attraction so everything was brand new with plush seats, deep carpeting, and a first class presentation. With purchased hardback souvenir book in hand (which I still have), it was a thrilling experience for me as a teen.

Wow, two incredible experiences! I would have loved to have seen the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady, although I was fortunate enough to attend "A Royal Christmas" with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It was in 2002 and while she didn't sing per se, because of her vocal damage, she did speak sing one Christmas song, although I can't remember which one now. It's a memory I treasure.
 

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Wow, two incredible experiences! I would have loved to have seen the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady

I wish I had seen the original stars, but they had moved on to London by 1958, and we saw their first replacements: Sally Ann Howes and Edward Mulhare. Not too shabby.
 

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if you haven't already, watch this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5217256/

it's mainly about projectionists near where i live :) but i bet the feeling will be universal.
Ive seen that, personally I was dissapointed in it. It may have lacked hands on experience from a projectionist film maker.. Sorry but thats my 2 cents worth.
 

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I'm seeing My Fair Lady on the big screen for the first time this weekend. While the presentation won't be as wonderful as what you experienced, I couldn't be more excited, and I'm sure it will be like seeing it for the first time, like my first time seeing The Sound of Music and other classics, especially roadshow films, on the big screen.


I trust that you saw MFL in 70mm ( on the big screen) and not in digital. You need to have seen it on a 60ft wide screen at least in 70mm to get the full effect of the process. I saw 181 feature films projected in 70mm and almost always on screens that were around the 60 ft or more size screens. Where I worked ,we had a 60ft wide screen for 70mm.SOUND OF MUSIC looked amazing on our screen - it ran for 41 weeks..If you only saw MFL in digital, then you have missed a fruly incredible experience by not seeing it in 70mm,as it was meant to be seen.
 

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