"70mm Film Weekend" Centrum Panorama Varnsdorf 2022
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Written & Photographed by: Hans Hänßler, Stuttgart, Germany
Panorama, Varnsdorf, Czech Republic
The third weekend of May [20-22. May, 2022] I paid a visit to Varnsdorf (CZ) and the Centrum
Panorama 70mm weekend. This is a real
Todd-AO movie house with a 22 m
wide screen, curved in the middle some 2 m and stadium seating for more than 500 people.
In the projection room there are 2x Meopta UM70 projectors, 2x Meopta 35mm
projectors, 1 Meopta
16mm projector and a 4k projector.
The owner of the cinema is Pavel Nejtek. Pavel bought the cinema building and hotel for
25 Czech Kronur or less, and he had to invest quite a lot of money to restore the
place. Pavel does not speak any
English so I had to ask Michal to translate. But somehow, he was not too
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Home of "7OMM Seminar" at Kino Mir
70, Krnov, Czech Republic
owner of Centrum Panorama Mr. Pavel Nejtek (left), and 70mm delegate and author of
this mission report Mr Hans Hänßler from Germany (right)
three cinemas in the same style. Kino Panorex in Nová Dubnica (Slovak
Republic) and two in Czech Republic.
Only Nová Dubnica and Varnsdorf are still open. The Centrum Panorama opened in 1971 with "Tschaikovsky" and was very
successful in the beginning. I have to research the history, because I do
not know who was running the house before the closure.
Ivan Skoluda and Michal Mraz along with Lukáš Košik and Martin Leskovsky,
all also part of the Krnov 70mm festival, came to
the showings. Ivan was helping the son of Pavel Nejtek running the
projectors with manual change overs.
Skoluda next to 70mm projector at the Centrum Panorama, Varnsdorf
The program showed mostly German dubbed prints from a private collector:
"The Great Wall" filmed in
Technirama and shown in
70 with very good picture quality. Only some fading but strong contrast and full stereophonic sound with German dialog mixing in the front
“The Untouchables” the well-known 35mm blow-up with an engaging
score by Ennio Morricone.
"Porgy and Bess" filmed in Todd-AO in the original
Version with German subtitles. Also still some color left and great
soundtrack. "Death on
the Nile" the same 70mm print we saw in
"Play Time" by
Jaques Tati filmed in 65mm 1,85:1 format only, but sharp picture and
overdone sound effects, but very funny.
stadium seating at the Centrum Panorama, Varnsdorf
Last 70mm was a blow up of
“Aliens” in 1,85:1 widescreen only with flat contrast, but with a great soundtrack. In between some
Cinema 180 reels,
the prologue about Michelangelo [From "The Agony and the Ecstasy"] and one left-over
"Oklahoma!" in full Todd-AO and 30 fps.
titles in 35mm: "Midway", "Rollercoaster" and "Earthquake"
all in German dialogue.
pizza restaurant at the Centrum Panorama, Varnsdorf
The subtitles were advanced from the projection booth by two young girls. So
no automation like in Krnov.
There is enough
place in the foyer for Pavel's collection of film projectors and television equipment
exhibition. Centrum Panorama also has room for a Pizza Restaurant in the same building.
All in all, a great event in a Todd-AO custom built cinema.
Centrum Panorama program poster.
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