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CSW got it right!
A little more detail. In 1961 CINERAMA had 53 theatres in the United States and Canada, with 30 more in Foreign Countries for a total of 83 theatres. This did not include SUPER-CINERAMA THEATRES WORLDWIDE!
From the 1961 CINERAMA Annual Report:
“CINERAMA THEATRES OF TOMORROW, CINERAMA’s new concept in theatre design — SUPER-CINERAMA—whereby giant curved screen constitutes the entire fourth wall of the theatre, from ceiling to floor and from wall to wall. SUPER-CINERAMA theatres are of ultra modern design, and the entire interior is decorated in one color, enhancing audience conentration on the motion itself.”
In 1961 7 theatres had been reconverted to SUPER-CINERAMA theaters:
Los Angeles-Warner CINERAMA
New York-Loew’s CINERAMA
14 newly constructed SUPER-CINERAMA theaters:
Chicago-Martin CINERAMA (never built as far as I know, to bad)
New Orleans-Martin CINERAMA
Paris-Empire Abel Gance
San Antonio-Martin CINERAMA
San Diego-L&G CINERAMA
San Francisco-Martin CINERAMA
St. Louis-Martin CINERAMA (“to have screen using three walls”)
Toronto-To be named
So thats a total of 21 SUPER-CINERAMA theatres, counting those that might not have got built.
That brings us to 104 CINERAMA theatres in 1961.
When “ITS A MAD WORLD” came out I was excited to see it without those darn two lines on the screen at the Loew’s CINERAMA in New York. If I understand it right 70mm CINERAMA had to mask a lot of the sides of the screen and at the top! I guess I got cheated, bring back the lines and the full screen. What good is wall to wall, ceiling to floor screen if its been masked off? So much for SUPER-CINERAMA theaters!
“KRAKATOA: EAST OF JAVA” in SUPER-CINERAMA, how much of the screen did that fill? I think its all a lot of fluff, like cotton candy!
C, I don’t think so, nickelodeons began in about 1905 and started to decline in about 1913. They were in converted storefronts and you sat on wood benches. The Dixie was built as a theatre in 1915 on the second floor.
PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:
U.S. 31 & HATFIELD LAKE ROAD
James Acuff was the projectionist when the cinema first opened.
CT could use a more exact address, photos both inside and out and more info.
Chief Bob JensenManteno, Illinois
Opened September 14, 1966 with two Philips Cinema of Holland DP70 Projectors. “DP” short for “Double Projector”, “70” designed specifically as a 70mm projector. These projectors could play all 70mm and 35mm formats except VistaVision. Later on the projectors would be called Todd-AO Projectors, Universal 70/35, and a newer version Norelco AAII.
Panorama projectors came from the Town Theatre in Rochester, New York. When no longer used at the Panorama one went to The Stoneridge Theatre in Rochester, and the other went to The Strand Theatre in Brockport, New York.
Michael, did I get that all correct?
Michael, I know your a stickler for perfection, but I think CT could use some cleaning up. I wish everyone would go through their posts and delete ones for at least photos and websites that don’t work. Please look up the Willard Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia. Don’t you think I could remove some of those comments that have nothing to do with the theatre? As I wrote above the same ad that gives the address of 360 Penfield, also gives the location as PANORAMA PLAZA. That PLAZA is located at 1601 Penfield.
Michael, Sorry I deleted that, I sorta felt like it was an email, a comment that no longer had any use to CT, and now that CT lets us delete them, I thought I would get rid of it. Just as I would think I would get rid of this one. It really has nothing to do with the site. I did forget to mention that the ad lists the theater being at Panorama Plaza, that’s why I came up with the address I did. All I wanted to do is fill in some missing info on a CINERAMA Theater.
From one nit-picker to another nit-picker
PREVIOUSLY OPERATED BY:
Michael, thanks for catching that. I’ve been through the whole Rochester/Penfield thing. The Post Office seems to think its Rochester and so do the Maps. The Temple Sinai at 363 Penfield is in Rochester. The problem with 360 Penfield is it is strictly residential. Perhaps the street numbers changed. I’ll do more checking. I would have never got into this theater if you hadn’t listed it as a CINERAMA Theater!
CT could use photos, both inside and out, and more info.
Mike Rogers, see “Previously Operated By”.
PLEASE CHANGE NAME TO:
PEMBROKE MALL THEATRES
ADD TO ADDRESS:
4554 VIRGINIA BEACH BOULEVARD
ALSO PREVIOUSLY OPERATED BY:
ABC SOUTHEASTERN THEATRES, INC.
One of the photos in the archives is dated 1928.
It would be helpful if CT had an exact address, more photos, both inside and out, and more info.
WEINBERG’S VIRGINIA THEATERS
NEIGHBORHOOD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (NEI)
It might not have “played for about two years”, but the Original “STAR WARS” did play for 62 WEEKS, that’s not too bad a run!
The Original “STAR WARS” played for 62 WEEKS!
Does the main theatre still have its CINERAMA Screen?
THANKS Michael for starting the “REMEMBERING CINERAMA” series again!
I notice the first time “THIS IS CINERAMA” was shown, it was 3-strip/ 26fps/ 7-track stero. For the Re-issue it was 70mm/ 24fps/ 6-track stero. It lost 1-track of stero/ 2fps/ did it it cover as much of the screen as the 3-strip?
NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRES, INC.
LYON THEATRE CIRCUIT
At least in 2012 it is the New Canaan Worship Center.
CT could use more photos, past and present, inside and out, and more info.