Summarizing the 1st Todd-AO Festival 2005
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Herbert Born
17 August 2005 + 11 December 2005
Herbert Born, the manager of the Schauburg cinema in Karlsruhe, Germany.
With a special friend, the 70mm projection lens.
Image by Peter Vollny
We sold around 1000 tickets during the 3 days festival, including the
weekend passes, this is already a success and in the high region of my
With the help of some sponsors, we could arrange for some budget, which
allowed us for printing posters, banners, flyers, advertising etc.
Of course we had some major investment in the technical aspects. We
bought a 70mm time code reader, DTS-Special venue processor board for
upgrading to 6-discrete channels, we did a complete refurbishing of the
DP75 including new parts for the film gates, new sprocket reels, new
cross shaft and new muff coupling, which gave us a rock steady 70mm
picture. This work was done by large format specialist Norbert Thäder of
KINOTON, Germany, which also supplied us with a new 5000W lamphouse and
mirrors to have best light for the curve.
New TECCON magnetic reader heads were installed and we bought a new lens
which fit exactly to the screen. The lens is the SCHNEIDER
Super-70-Cinelux 1:2,0 MC (a 7 element construction) with a focal length
For the magnetic sound we use a modified DOLBY MPU-1 preamplifier, the
modification was done by Gunter Oehme, our sound engineer, who did all
the necessary measurements and installation work and adjusting the
speakers to have the best possible sound. (will post a picture of
Gunter, adjusting sound at our OPEN AIR shows) Further we used DOLBY CP200
The speakers and amplifiers were from the
“d&b audio” F-series.
Vincent Koch and Markus Vetter are our projectionists. Vincent Koch did
all the preparation work including examining and preparing the prints,
timing the curtains etc. He made an exact cue sheet for the projection
schedule of each film, which looks very professional, and Markus Vetter.
Both are young but very enthusiastic guys, when it goes to 70mm and they
did a great job.
I was born in the same year
as CinemaScope had it’s public birthday. Went to school and began during
school work as a part time projectionist in Aachen, Elysee cinema (now a
discotheque) I went to Frankfurt after school and began to work at the
German office of CINEMA INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION where very soon, I
became the Dubbing Manager of CIC, later UIP.
I left the company in 1983
to form my own movie production company. We produced "THE MIKADO PROJEKT"
(unfortunately in 35mm only, we should have done it in 70mm) with Eddie
Constantine, a James Bond parody, which was released in Germany, Austria
and Switzerland and is still on TV every two or three years.
Later I did
screenplays for TV serials and shows until in 2000 I came back to the
roots, to the cinema, to become Manager of 3 cinemas in Frankfurt, then
in 2003 I became manager of the CINEPLEX in Frankfurt, an 8 screen
multiplex, where we did the first 70mm instalment in the biggest screen.
In 2005 I took over the SCHAUBURG in Karlsruhe on my own risk and let’s
see, what the future will bring…
Editors note: Herbert Born is also the owner of a Maserati convertible.
"My Maserati is a “Biturbo Spyder 2.24V”, quite rare, only 200 cars
were hand built and sold worldwide (same quantity of "Indiana Jones
and the Temple of Doom" or "Brainstorm" 70mm prints were produced by Technicolor, this
gives you the necessary connection to our common topic)"
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