Adventure" hits Telluride
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Dave Strohmaier
September 4, 2002
Telluride was terrific, Carin
Anne, Me, Randy Gitsch, John Sittig and Greg Kimble were treated like
Celebs. They put us up in plush condos in Mountain Village, the exclusive
resort just above the town of Telluride.
The show was opening night (because of the special screen it was scheduled
for one performance only) August 30th at the main venue "The
Max" where they had the giant 65 foot Cinerama screen. The Max is the
local high school gym that is dressed up like a large old Egyptian style
theater. The night before (Thursday) we ran it for the local high school
and the staff of the festival, which was about 400+ people. As you can
imagine most all of them had never seen anything like this before. They
reacted to the screen just like any Cinerama audience would.
On Friday night at about 8:30 PM people started to line up for the 10:00
PM Cinerama show. The tribute to Peter O'toole was over at about 9:30 so
many festival goers had to rush over to the "Max" about 14
blocks away to get to their seats. It looked to me like we had about 580
to 600 people at the program. Leonard Maltin introduced the program and
then turned it over to me so I could introduce the documentary and thank
they many people who have helped me finish it. We projected our color
corrected digi beta (Courtesy of Leon Silverman of Laser Pacific) in the
middle of the giant screen, from where I was standing the audience had a
lot of fun with the documentary, reacting to all the history and
personalities who created the widescreen/stereo sound revolution. Then the
documentary ended and the giant curved Cinerama screen lit up with the
roller coaster sequence.
Just as it hit the screen it stopped suddenly due to an equipment
malfunction. So on came the 1:33 35mm breakdown reel just in time,
everyone in the audience thought it was planned to happen that way, as
they watched Lowell Thomas explain that we have just had a breakdown and
it will be fixed in just a few minutes. After about 9 minutes of Lowell
entertaining us the Cinerama show resumed with the roller coaster, the wet
and wild river rafting scene (with squirt guns blazing for each wave!!!!),
the flight across America and the "How the West Was Won"
3 panel trailer.
After the show the screen people arrived to take down the screen and by
Saturday morning the Cinerama "Max" theater was transformed back
into The regular "Max" theater that Telluride festival patrons
are familiar with.
Don't forget that this months American Cinematographer has articles about Cinerama
and "Cinerama Adventure" and is on the stands now!!
in 70mm reading:
Credits for "Cinerama
"Cinerama Adventure" update
July 2001 update
1st review of "The
The Cinerama Adventure -
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