Everyman Theatre

315 West Fayette Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Michael21046 on September 6, 2004 at 12:51 am

I’m surprised that Mr. VanBibber failed to mention that from 1961-1970 the Town was the Cinerama theatre in Baltimore. Until the mid-70’s the Town had a small sign atop its marquee claiming itself as the only Cinerama house in Maryland. This included the original three-strip and the one-projector systems. It showed almost almost every Cinerama movie with a few exceptions. Local bookings for Baltimore theatres could be quirky; some films that originated as 70mm roadshow engagements elsewhere were shown in Baltimore in 35mm with continuous showings. For some unexplained reason, “The Battle of The Bulge” played at the Hippodrome in 35mm after its reserved seat engagements; it was never shown in 70mm or 70mm Cinerama at the Town. “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” was shown at the New after its Cinerama runs; Whether it was a 70mm presentation or in 35mm remains unkown. “Krakatoa”, the final film presented in Cinerama, opened at the New in Super 70.

My first encounter with three-strip Cinerama was at the Town. My father treated me on Labor Day and took me downtown to see “How The West Was Won”. Being cynical I believed Cinerama was another silly gimmick from Hollywood. HOwever, when the Cinerama screen flew me across the Rockies at the beginning and the incredible stereophonic sound made me believe the chorus was actually there I was a true believer. I came back later to see “Khartoum”, “Grand Prix” and “2001: A Space Oddysey”. The Cinerama purists believe that the one-projector system did not hold a candle to the true Cinerama, but being young at the time I thought there was no difference – but then, I was young.

The Town also shown 70mm films which included “El Cid” and the second version of “The Mutiny On The Bounty”. I saw also the 70mm blowup version of “Finian’s Rainbow” at the Town.