Remembering Cinerama (Part 33: Milwaukee)

posted by Coate on June 18, 2009 at 8:55 am

REMEMBERING CINERAMA
Part 33: Milwaukee

The following is Part Thirty-Three in a series of retrospectives on Cinerama, the legendary motion picture process that kicked off the widescreen revolution. The series focuses on providing a market-by-market historical record of when and where Cinerama and its multi-panel clones were exhibited. The easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to highlight the movie palaces in which the memorable events took place.

Part 1: New York City
Part 2: Chicago
Part 3: San Francisco
Part 4: Houston
Part 5: Washington, DC
Part 6: Los Angeles
Part 7: Atlanta
Part 8: San Diego
Part 9: Dallas
Part 10: Oklahoma City
Part 11: Syracuse
Part 12: Toronto
Part 13: Columbus
Part 14: Montreal
Part 15: Northern New Jersey
Part 16: Charlotte
Part 17: Vancouver
Part 18: Salt Lake City
Part 19: Boston
Part 20: Philadelphia
Part 21: Fresno
Part 22: Detroit
Part 23: Minneapolis
Part 24: Albuquerque
Part 25: El Paso
Part 26: Des Moines
Part 27: Miami
Part 28: Orange County
Part 29: Pittsburgh
Part 30: Baltimore
Part 31: Long Island
Part 32: Kansas City

And now… Part 33: Cinerama Presentations in Milwaukee!

WINDJAMMER
Theater: Strand
Premiere Date: August 21, 1959
Engagement Duration: 17 weeks
Projection Format: CineMiracle
Promotional Hype: “The First Production in CINEMIRACLE” “The Giant Wall-To-Wall CINEMIRACLE Screen Comes Alive!” “Will Not Be Shown Elsewhere In Wisconsin”

THIS IS CINERAMA
Theater: Palace
Premiere: July 28, 1960
Duration: 21 weeks
Format: Cinerama (3-strip)
Hype: “The only REALLY NEW wonder of the entertainment world!” “The Palace is the only theatre in Wisconsin that can or will show CINERAMA”

CINERAMA HOLIDAY
Theater: Palace
Premiere: December 25, 1960
Duration: 17 weeks
Format: Cinerama (3-strip)
Hype: “It’s Every Holiday You Ever Dreamed Of…Come True!” “The New, The 2nd CINERAMA Adventure pulls YOU into a breath-gasping story filled with thrills you never experienced before!”

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Theater: Palace
Premiere: April 25, 1961
Duration: 24 weeks
Format: Cinerama (3-strip)
Hype: “SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD as seen through the greatest wonder…CINERAMA!”

SEARCH FOR PARADISE
Theater: Palace
Premiere: October 10, 1961
Duration: 11 weeks
Format: Cinerama (3-strip)
Hype: “Far Beyond The Limits Of Human Imagination!”

SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE
Theater: Palace
Premiere: December 23, 1961
Duration: 20 weeks
Format: Cinerama (3-strip)
Hype: “Escape From Winter To The Exotic Isles Of A Thousand Thrills!”

WINDJAMMER (Return Engagement)
Theater: Palace
Premiere: May 16, 1962
Duration: 13 weeks
Format: Cinerama (3-strip)
Hype: “First Time Here In CINERAMA”

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM
Theater: Palace
Premiere: August 15, 1962
Duration: 13 weeks
Format: Cinerama (3-strip)
Hype: “Now CINERAMA Tells A Story!”

THE BEST OF CINERAMA
Theater: Palace
Premiere: November 14, 1962
Duration: 5 weeks
Format: Cinerama (3-strip)
Hype: “For The First Time CINERAMA’s Greatest Thrills Together In One Entertainment!”

HOW THE WEST WAS WON
Theater: Palace
Premiere: April 11, 1963
Duration: 31 weeks
Format: Cinerama (3-strip)
Hype: “The Great Dramatic Motion Picture That Puts You In Every Scene!”

IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD
Theater: Cinema 1
Premiere: December 20, 1963
Duration: 32 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “The Biggest Entertainment Ever To Rock The CINERAMA Screen With Laughter!”

CIRCUS WORLD
Theater: Southgate
Premiere: July 3, 1964
Duration: 7 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “CINERAMA Puts You in the Middle of the Most Action-Filled Story You’ve Ever Seen!”

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
Theater: Cinema 1
Premiere: April 13, 1965
Duration: 13 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “Presented in CINERAMA”

THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL
Theater: Cinema 1
Premiere: July 14, 1965
Duration: 6 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “CINERAMA Sends You Roaring With Laughter And Adventure Down That Wide, Wonderful, Fun-Trail!”

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (Return Engagement)
Theater: Southgate
Premiere: August 4, 1965
Duration: 8 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “Presented in CINERAMA”

BATTLE OF THE BULGE
Theater: Cinema 1
Premiere: January 12, 1966
Duration: 11 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “Super CINERAMA makes it real!”

RUSSIAN ADVENTURE
Theater: Southgate
Premiere: April 9, 1966
Duration: 10 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “This is the ultimate in CINERAMA. This is the last word in truly incredible adventure!”

KHARTOUM
Theater: Southgate
Premiere: June 29, 1966
Duration: 10 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “Where The Nile Divides, The Great CINERAMA Adventure Begins!”

GRAND PRIX
Theater: Southgate
Premiere: February 8, 1967
Duration: 29 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “CINERAMA sweeps YOU into a drama of speed and spectacle!”

CUSTER OF THE WEST
Theater: Cinema 1
Premiere: February 21, 1968
Duration: 4 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “Ride Again With CINERAMA” “From the fury and chaos of the Civil War…to the final earth-shaking charge at Little Big Horn!”

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Theater: Cinema 1
Premiere: June 26, 1968
Duration: 25 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “An astounding entertainment experience, a dazzling trip to the planets and beyond the stars!”

ICE STATION ZEBRA
Theater: Southgate
Premiere: December 18, 1968
Duration: 14 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “Ice Station Zebra…remember the name, your life may depend on it!”

KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA
Theater: Southgate
Premiere: June 27, 1969
Duration: 6 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “The New CINERAMA Hurls You Into The Incredible Day That Shook The Earth To Its Core!”

THIS IS CINERAMA (Re-Issue)
Theater: Southgate
Premiere: July 25, 1973
Duration: 5 weeks
Format: Cinerama (70mm)
Hype: “THIS IS CINERAMA Is Back To Entertain A Whole New Generation”

NOT SHOWN IN CINERAMA IN THE MILWAUKEE MARKET:
HOLIDAY IN SPAIN
MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY (70mm CineVision engagement at Strand)

Compiled by Michael Coate

References: The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Sentinel

Comments (1)

Cobalt
Cobalt on June 25, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Thank you very much for this Cinerama series! Reading the titles, theatre names and the hype tags brings back a lot of wonderful memories of a bygone era.

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