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Summarizing the 1st Todd-AO Festival 2005

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Herbert Born Date: 17 August 2005 + 11 December 2005
Mr. 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 estimates. 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 of 75mm.

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 and DTS-6D. 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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