Cinerama Films at the Gaslamp Theatre

posted by Ross Melnick on July 5, 2013 at 11:31 am


The Reading Gaslamp Theatre in downtown San Diego will be showing newly restored 2K Digital prints of four Cinerama titles as part of their weekly Forty Foot Films series. Cinerama digital films include the overture, prologue, intermission and walk out music just as originally shown and presented in “SmileBox” which simulates the curved screen.

  • Cinerama Holiday, July 27, 28, 30

  • Seven Wonders of the World, August 24,25,27

  • South Seas Adventure September 21,22, 24

  • Windjammer November 16,17, 19

All seats are $7.00. Showings are Saturday and Tuesday at 7:00pm and Sunday at 1:00pm

(Thanks to John Sittig, Cinerama Inc., for the news.)

Theaters in this post

Comments (6)

HowardBHaas on July 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Does this mean the films are shown on a 40 foot wide screen?

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on July 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Not always. It just became the name of the series. Although the biggest house at the Gaslamp, which they’re sometimes shown on, is that big (if not bigger).

michaelkaplan on July 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Unfortunately, Smilebox is NOT Cinerama

Giles on July 7, 2013 at 11:04 pm

how is the audio encoded on these DCP’s (three front channels + discrete surround and bass) or in the original cinerama configurement that includes the five channels behind the screen – this can be achieved on DCP, but I haven’t heard of any film/DCP archived as such.

Tigh on July 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Smilebox may not be Cinerama, and I wouldn’t pay to see digital Smilebox in a theatre, but…I thoroughly enjoyed the Smilebox Blu Ray of “How the West Was Won” on my 60 inch Sharp Aquos. Good movie, excellent restoration. My wife was not familiar with Cinerama before we watched it, and she loved it too.

dickneeds111 on April 23, 2014 at 12:19 am

I have purchased all 5 Smilebox releases and have enjoyed them on my 50" TV. They are in 5.1 Dolbly transferred from the 7 channel original masters. I know it is not real Cinerama by any means but if you have a large screen TV and Blue Ray(only way they are available on DVD)just turn down the light and enjoy. Here on the East Coast there are no Cinerama theatres left. On the West Coast you have 2. Seattle and La. I am going to see the owner of my local theatreand see if he cah get permission to run HTWWR, This is Cinerama and possibly Windjammer. Its only a 2 cinema local complex with new digital proj and new sound. Cinema 1 has about a 40' wide screen so they will look retty good.

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