The story of a shortlived and excellent improvement, caused by a cheap try to
get around the Cinerama patents and a bit of luck...

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Cinemiracle segment of the Swedish Widescreen Pages designed and written by Stefan Adler. Thanks to Magnus Elm (co-producer), Peter Andrén and Martin Hart for help, materials and views. Latest update 2003-10-31 Copyright notice: Much of the material used in this site is used by kind permission of nice people and companies. YOU MAY NOT USE ANYTHING WITHOUT EXPLICIT PERMISSION FROM THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER!

Only in production for one single picture, with Windjammer in 1958 and one of the most spectacular and late tries to get around someone elses widescreen patent was made by National Theatres to Cinerama under the name of Cinemiracle. This try never really took off in the U S, perhaps due to non-prestigeous installations? The story is however completely different in Europe and Scandinavia. Slow and scrooge in adapting the new w-i-d-e technology, Scandinavian theatrechains waited until it was almost over. A vast majority of three strip installations became Cinemiracle, while little interest was shown for the original Cinerama until after Windjammer's first blockbuster run. You see, Windjammer was about us (or actually the Norwegians, but who cares) - the Vikings and our new friends after WWII (USA and NATO), and in a never before seen panorama - no wonder it became a smash hit.
To my projectionist's view this was a lucky choice! Not only did the Cinemiracle do better shows - even on original Cinerama - it also converted beautifully to the 70mm "Cinerama", UltraPanavision and spherical 70mm screenings. Hang on and learn why...

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