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Sensurround @ the Schauburg
Film Festival 5 - 6 June 2010

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev  Date: 20.05.2008 + updated 09-05-2010

Festival Page: English

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“In Sensurround” 5-6 Juni 2010 - English

On 5-6 June 2010, the majestic Schauburg cinema in Karlsruhe (Germany) will host a 2-day Sensurround film festival. A World-Class event which hopefully will attract the interest from several continents.

- Herbert Born, Theatre Manager
More in 70mm reading:

Preparing Sensurround @ the Schauburg

Introduction to Sensurround
About Sensurround
Sensurround Horror Stories
Review: "Earthquake" in Sensurround
Recreating Sensurround in England
Resurrecting Sensurround
Selling Sensurround equipment
"Zoot Suit": The last film in 70mm and Sensurround Plus

Festival Page: German

Internet link:
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“In Sensurround” 5-6 Juni 2010 - German

"I'm a very excited about this event. We have a complete set of all the films, including "Earthquake", which we will present in the original 70mm version. Our goal is to show all Sensurround movies with the original processor and truckloads of speakers".
Schauburg, Karlsruhe Germany

On line tickets

Contact: Herbert Born for reservations

Filmtheater Schauburg
Att: Herbert Born
Marienstraße 16
76137 Karlsruhe
Vintage advert for "Earthquake" at the Schauburg - in70mm.

"Sensurround" - the sound system from 1974, which premiered with "Earthquake", about a catastrophic earthquake in Los Angeles. Sensurround added a whole new dimension for the moviegoers, by adding sound at extremely low frequencies at very high levels. The audience actually FELT the rumbles created by huge Cervin Vega loudspeakers.

Herbert Born continues; "I have located prints of all titles and have the enthusiastic support from the speaker experts. We also have 4 original MCA Sensurrround control boxes, including the rare generator and magnetic preamp cards for these control boxes.

Office: +49 721 3500 011
Cell +49 175 1097 804

Schauburg in 360 degree images
Truckloads of speakers. Image by Herbert Born

We showed "Earthquake" a few years ago where we brought in 24 huge JBL subwoofers, each equipped with two 18" woofers. That is a serious array of speakers, which can move a lot of air. It's a bit complicated because you must use the developer software of the DSP speakers, allowing you to go below the safety limits. If we don't do it right, the speakers can blow away. We use a lot of speakers and amplifiers to minimize the risk of blowing speakers.

It will be great fun to do it again in 2010. It is probably the only opportunity to see all these films they way they were intended - with the loud sound pressure level below 40 Hertz. Today, audiences are used to low sub bass in the cinemas, but when Sensurround came out, nobody had heard anything like this before."

And finally, you can not see Sensurround ... you FEEL it!!


"Earthquake" in 70mm and 6-track magnetic stereo

The Schauburg plan to show these films:

"Battle of Midway"
"Battlestar Galactica"
"Mission Galactica"



A view from behind the screen. Herbert Born is seen behind the array of JBL speakers.

Norbert Thäder will attend, one of Germany's most well known and highly respected cinema technicians. He did all Sensurround installations for CIC in Germany.

"Zoot Suit" is not included

The last Sensurround film. Photographed by Brad Adams in the fall of 1981 when he saw it in Hollywood's Cinerama Dome in 70mm and Sensurround Plus

"Zoot Suit"
will not be included in the Schauburg Sensurround festival because it was never a real Sensurround movie. It did not use the horns. "Zoot Suit" simply used the DBX circuits implemented in the Sensurround control units from revision 3 on. No real Sensurround, just DBX noise reduction and the decision to advertise it as "SENSURROUND Plus" was wrong, and it bombed. It will never sell a ticket in a real Sensurround festival, where audience expects to experience the real and not fake marketing attempts. ...

"Zoot Suit": The last film in 70mm and Sensurround Plus

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