TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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TCL Chinese Theatre

Gala world premiere on April 8th, 1958

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terrywade on August 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Thanks CC for this great ad. It must have been something to see this giant curved Cinemircle screen with curtains in 1958 at the Chinese Theatre. My THS friend Ted Gooding was there and he has told me many stories of the giant curtain when It opened so slow and the sounds of the ocean waves thru the many surround speakers around the Fox Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood CA USA. While the new tall Imax screen now in place is nice, I wish I could have seen the wrap around curve that The Cinemiracle screen produced with all 3 projectors coming from the new downstairs projection booth with mirrors.

decobuff on August 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm

As we all know, much of this production was filmed in 35mm…probably scope. I first saw it at the Opera House in Chicago. The ONLY movie I ever saw there. BIG screen, but boring production.

vindanpar on August 15, 2017 at 2:01 pm

My goodness this was nothing more than a 35mm cinemascope blown up?! That’s all Cinemiracle was?

decobuff on August 16, 2017 at 8:38 am

Almost all of the interior scenes of the ship were 35mm…either scope or flat. A lot of the action scenes in HOW THE WEST WAS WON was shot in 35mm scope.
Don’t think those heavy Cinerama cameras wouldn’t sink those small boats. The railroad log car scenes were in 35mm scope (those scenes somewhat more grainy than 3-camera Cinerama. All of these facts have already been in print.

decobuff on August 16, 2017 at 8:43 am

And, as we all know, Cinerama and Cinemiracle could be shown in either 3-booth or single booth with mirror arrangements. Our Strand Theatre showed the Cinerama films (after the booth change to Cinemiracle) with the Cinemiracle mirror arrangement,. thus having a slighter visible join-line than with Cinerama.

decobuff on August 16, 2017 at 8:57 am

I admit an error. Our Palace Theatre played Cinerama. During this period, the Strand installed Cinemiracle equipment and a bigger curved screen than the one already in place (the Strand was one our many “roadshow” houses. Therefore, the Strand didn’t play Cinerama until after the “Windjammer” engagement.

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