3-strip in Barcelona, Spain
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|Written by: Ramon Lamarca, London, England||Date: 09.06.2010|
|I was browsing through newspapers listings yesterday and I was amazed and the huge amount of blow-ups they had in Spain, even of Italian subproducts in Techniscope and mono sound, but cinemas could charge much more for a 70mm screening and hence the proliferation of them in the 60s. One day I’ll write an article about it with images.|
Separate Cinerama listings in newspapers lasted for many years after three-strip or SuperCinerama disappeared, and I saw aberrations like "Gone With the Wind" presented in Cinerama advertised, which reminded me very much of what Imax does these days, saying presented in IMAX (what’s in a name, eh?). People create a brand and then pretend to live off it without any effort, I wonder if Imax will follow the same route as Cinerama.
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Lost For Years, Orphan Films Discovered Abandoned in Hollywood Basement
in70mm.com's Cinerama page
|Note how advert emphasizes Cinerama of triple projection, because at the same time, single lens Cinerama was being screened in Barcelona|
The print (together with all the other Cinerama films) laid dormant for years and years in one of the rooms of the cinema Nuevo in Barcelona, which was closed in the 90s and abandoned and finally caught fire. There may be some surviving reels (most reels perished in the fire or were eaten away by rats) but the film institution that has them in Barcelona does not seem keen on lending the surviving reels to Bradford.
"Russian Adventure" 65mm Negs
|The 65mm 0-negs of "Russian Adventure" are safely in the Academy archive vaults. There are no 3 panel negs found. They were rescued at the same time we found the 3 panel faded prints back in 2008. Pacific Theaters has the mag print master track for the show. We still plan on syncing up the 3 panel faded print someday for eventual showing at the Dome. The Bing Crosby prologue 35mm 4 perf. was never found but could come from the 65mm neg. version. - Dave Strohmaier|
|In 1972 they were still showing three-strip and emphasizing it was three-strip! 14 years after the first screening. A journalist of the era says that the three-strip system is much better than single lens. This print should have been there as well.|
TEATRO NUEVO CINERAMA
Tonight 10:40. Memorable presentation of a prestigious show.
Cinerama was the revolution of film cinematography!
It was premiered December the 11th 1958 in Barcelona.
Now, 14 years later, we present
"The best of Cinerama"
Experience the best sequences from the first five Cinerama films as we presented them back then on triple projection and Hi-Fi stereophonic sound.
If you haven’t lost the capacity to be amazed, come and see again, or for the first time, what astonished everyone 14 years ago.
With all those astonishing feelings!
Approved for all public (Rated G: General Audiences—All ages admitted)
Advance sale of seats
|Thanks to Alexis for the Spanish to English translation|
|This is the cinema, before the fire, with all the Cinerama reels still inside. Image by Mr. Pere París from flickr|
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