REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 55: Buffalo)

posted by Michael Zoldessy on January 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

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Back by popular demand!

The following is an ongoing, semi-regular 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. These easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to honor the movie palaces in which the memorable screenings took place.

And now… Part 55: Cinerama (& CineMiracle) Presentations in Buffalo, New York!

Compiled by Michael Coate & Vince Young

THIS IS CINERAMA
Theater: Teck
Premiere Date: March 16, 1955
Engagement Duration: 46 weeks
Projection Format: 3-strip / 26 frames per second / 7-track stereo
Promotional Hype: “Now that you’ve seen all the others…get set for the revolutionary screen entertainment event that puts you in the picture!” “Something wonderful in motion picture entertainment! For the first time, a motion picture reaches out to bring you into the story…to put you in the picture — with the intensely personal experience of all its excitement and thrills!” “The Teck Theatre is Proud to Become the 15th Theatre in the United States and Canada That Will or Can Show CINERAMA” “The [Teck Is The] Only Theatre Between Detroit And New York That Can Or Will Show Cinerama!”

CINERAMA HOLIDAY
Teck
January 31, 1956
30 weeks
3-strip / 26fps / 7-track stereo
“The New, The 2nd CINERAMA Presentation” “You’ve never lived until you’ve sat in a specially equipped Cinerama theatre!”

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Teck
August 29, 1956
58 weeks
3-strip / 26fps / 7-track stereo
“The New, The 3rd CINERAMA Presentation Will Light Up The Entertainment Sky. There’s nothing in the world like it. When YOU share the fabulous pageantry…live the intimate drama…as YOU hurtle to the four corners of the globe”

SEARCH FOR PARADISE
Teck
October 9, 1957
19 weeks
3-strip / 26fps / 7-track stereo
“The newest CINERAMA turns your most fabulous dreams into into the mightiest of all adventure entertainments!”

WINDJAMMER
Granada
June 17, 1960
8 weeks
3-strip / 26fps / 7-track stereo
“There has never been anything to match the miracle of CINEMIRACLE”

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM
Teck
August 22, 1962
12 weeks
3-strip / 24fps / 7-track stereo
“For the first time CINERAMA tells a story!”

HOW THE WEST WAS WON
Teck
April 11, 1963
16 weeks
3-strip / 24fps / 7-track stereo
“The Great Dramatic Motion Picture That Puts You In Every Scene!”

IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD
Teck
March 25, 1964
7 weeks
70mm / 24fps / 6-track stereo
“The Biggest Entertainment Ever To Rock The CINERAMA Screen With Laughter!”

CIRCUS WORLD
Teck
August 5, 1964
5 weeks
70mm / 24fps / 6-track stereo
“CINERAMA Surrounds You With The Greatest Thrill-Packed Story Ever Filmed!”

GRAND PRIX
Century
March 23, 1967
11 weeks
70mm / 24fps / 6-track stereo
“CINERAMA sweeps YOU into a drama of speed and spectacle!”

CUSTER OF THE WEST
Century
February 1, 1968 (New York Premiere)
5 weeks
70mm / 24fps / 6-track stereo
“Told in all the sweep and spectacle of CINERAMA”

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Century
June 19, 1968
13 weeks
70mm / 24fps / 6-track stereo
“An astounding entertainment experience, a dazzling trip to the planets and beyond the stars!”

ICE STATION ZEBRA
Century
December 19, 1968
8 weeks
70mm / 24fps / 6-track stereo
“Ice Station Zebra…remember the name, your life may depend on it!”

KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA
Century
August 5, 1969
4 weeks
70mm / 24fps / 6-track stereo
“The NEW CINERAMA Hurls YOU into the incredible day that shook the earth to its core!”

THIS IS CINERAMA (Re-Issue)
Holiday 2
October 10, 1973
3 weeks
70mm / 24fps / 6-track stereo
“THIS IS CINERAMA Is Back To Entertain A Whole New Generation”

CINERAMA FILMS NOT SHOWN IN THE BUFFALO MARKET:
SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE
HOLIDAY IN SPAIN
THE BEST OF CINERAMA
MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY (roadshow at Granada)
THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (roadshow at Century)
THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL (general release only)
BATTLE OF THE BULGE (general release only)
KHARTOUM (general release only)
RUSSIAN ADVENTURE

TRIVIA / NOTES:
Buffalo was the 14th market in the United States to equip for Cinerama presentations.

Buffalo was among the first markets to give up on Cinerama. In February 1958, after playing only four of the five travelogues, the Cinerama projection and sound equipment was removed from the Teck. The Teck’s equipment was returned to Cinerama headquarters and then subsequently installed at the Plaza in Melbourne, Australia. (Cinerama would return to Buffalo four years later.)

The engagement of IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD was prematurely terminated due to a labor dispute which caused the Teck to close for several weeks. Buffalo’s 7-week run was the shortest of the 49 first-run Cinerama engagements of IAMMMMW in North America.

Buffalo was the only one of the seven Cinerama markets in the state of New York to play a Cinerama presentation of CUSTER OF THE WEST.

The Holiday was a six-screen complex and was located in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga. The 70mm re-release of THIS IS CINERAMA screened in auditorium #2. This was the largest complex (screen-wise) to have played a Cinerama feature.

REFERENCES:
Various issues of Boxoffice, Buffalo Evening News, and Variety.

OTHER ENTRIES IN THIS SERIES:
Part 1: New York
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: Syosset / Long Island
Part 32: Kansas City
Part 33: Milwaukee
Part 34: Nanuet / Lower Hudson Valley
Part 35: Denver
Part 36: Worcester
Part 37: Toledo
Part 38: St. Louis
Part 39: Tampa
Part 40: Calgary
Part 41: Hartford
Part 42: Albany
Part 43: New Haven
Part 44: Sacramento
Part 45: Las Vegas
Part 46: Seattle
Part 47: Phoenix
Part 48: Orlando
Part 49: Cleveland
Part 50: Portland
Part 51: Rochester
Part 52: New Orleans
Part 53: San Jose
Part 54: Omaha

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Mark_L on January 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Any information on that labor problem at the Teck? What union was involved?

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Love this series! Glad to see it again.

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Great work, Mike and Vince!

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