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"Cinerama Adventure" hits Telluride
September 2002

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Dave Strohmaier Date: 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!!
Further in 70mm reading:

Credits for "Cinerama Adventure"
"Cinerama Adventure" update
July 2001 update
1st review of "The Cinerama Adventure"
The Cinerama Adventure - 2003 update

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