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70MM TENET in ARCADIA Cinema Melzo, Milan, Italy

The 70mm Newsletter
Screening report by: Francesco Gualeni Date: 01.09.2020
Laura Fumagalli and eight "Tenet" 70mm cans from FotoKem Lab.

After six months of movie theatres closure (in Italy cinemas in Lombardy region have been closed since the end February), everybody who loves the theatrical experience on a big screen was indeed looking forward for the release of
"Tenet". The fact that the movie was entirely shot in large format 65MM made this waiting even more exciting for all of us. Energy PLF Theatre in Arcadia Cinema in Melzo (Milan) and Cineteca di Bologna (screening room of Bologna Film Archive) are the only two locations in Italy where the movie is being presented in 70MM film. Energy PLF Theatre has a huge 30 metres wide screen and the biggest configuration in the world of Dolby Atmos™- Meyer Sound.

ARCADIA Cinema had reopened a week earlier "Tenet"’s release, on Wednesday August 19th, with the screenings of "“Inception" 10th Anniversary” (including 10 minutes behind the scenes footage on the making of "Tenet", great content) and with special projections in 70MM of Kubrick’s “2001 A Space Odyssey” and Nolan’s "Interstellar", just to warm up its raving fans patrons, in anticipation on "Tenet"’s release on August 26th. I’ve seen “Interstellar” during the weekend. It was projected with the Philips DP70 (in Energy theatre’s booth there are 2 Film projectors, one Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 and one Philips DP70, alongside 2 Digital Projectors Christie 4K in-stack with laser source light). The 70MM screening of “Interstellar” was outstanding, clear and steady as a rock.

On another platter, under “Interstellar” print, I could see a 70MM print of “Dances with Wolves” that theatre owner Piero Fumagalli watched by himself during lockdown weeks (…lucky guy). I went to ARCADIA to see "Tenet" in 70MM last week and thanks to Laura I was able to visit the booth with the 70MM print ready on the platter to be projected with Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projector. A 40 years veteran of 70MM Film presentations himself, it could be no one else that theatre owner himself Piero Fumagalli to personally project each and every 70MM screening of "Tenet" on huge Energy screen. Laura has kindly shown me the eight cans that they had received from FotoKem Lab in Los Angeles (seven for the film reels and one for the DATASAT disks).
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The massive 30 meter screen. ENERGY PLF theatre has the biggest per screen box office/attendances opening result in all of Italy.

"Tenet" is being projected in 70MM in ARCADIA with the majority of showtimes in Italian Dubbed Version but there are also some showtimes in Original Version with Italian Subtitles. It will run on Energy screen all throughout September, for sure.

The 70MM print looked perfect as well as the projection. A jaw dropping experience, same consistent top level quality that is the standard for ARCADIA since it’s opening 23 years ago. The film’s sound was outstanding on the Meyer Sound system…it increased the power of Hoyte van Hoytema’ s gorgeous Cinematography. "Tenet" is not an easy movie, I think that only the most devoted fans of Christopher Nolan cannot be lost inside the cryptic script, the overwhelming scenes and chaotic ending in which with all these masked guys you don’t really understand who is who and who does what? But looking at the overall vision of "Tenet" I guess that was exactly Mr Nolan’s goal.

I was informed from Laura that ENERGY PLF theatre has the biggest per screen box office/attendances opening result in all of Italy. I am sure that for them, after so many months of closure, being able to welcome back so many patrons is a pure joy for the eyes and mostly the spirit. "Tenet" is a Great Movie, the perfect film to allow the cinema industry a new great re-start. It’s Great Cinema experience fully to be appreciated just on the Biggest Screen/Sound system possible. I am so much Looking forward to my second "Tenet" 70MM screening in ARCADIA.
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Updated 01-09-20