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Who is David Coles?
A mini Biography

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Grandeur Research Institute, Sydney, Australia Date: 01.08.2009
David Coles (right) was very pleased to meet Doris Waller at Bradford in 1993

As with many widescreen enthusiasts, I grew up in the 1950s - the ‘Golden Age’ of Scopes, Ramas and Visions.

At the impressionable age of 12 my mother took me to the Sydney Plaza Theatre to see “Seven Wonders of the World” (perhaps the most impressive of the 3-panel ‘travel titles’), and I immediately became a Cinerama addict - determined to find out all about this wondrous process.

After a career in film exhibition/distribution (including a stint as Plaza Assistant Manager) I have concentrated on researching the history of the big screen and particularly widegauge systems.

In 1993 I attended the opening of Bradfords Cinerama auditorium and spent much of that year in UK & US newspaper libraries researching screening dates. As a result I was able to provide about 90% of the detail included in the ICS Cinerama Theatres Worldwide listing edited by Keith Swadkins, and the opening dates of early Todd-AO openings featured on the ‘in 70mm’ website.
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David Coles from Australia

As a Cineramaholic I have the immense good fortune to live within walking distance of John H. Mitchell open-air 3-strip venue where he has shown all the Cinerama/Cinemiracle titles over the last 30 years.

My ‘impossible dream’ of being involved in the actual shooting of 3-strip material became a reality 15 years ago when I served as ‘official assistant wombat wrangler’ on John S. Lashers Kinopanorama production "Bounty" filmed in the Sydney area.

For many years I thought I was the only ‘nutter’ in the world obsessed with the minutiae of film gauges and aspect ratios. Through the International Cinerama Society, 70mm Newsletter and the wonders of Internet communication a whole world of like-minded enthusiasts have come to light - Hi Guys!
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