Seattle Cinerama

2100 4th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98121

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rick074 on September 26, 2014 at 12:03 am

rumor has it that the loudspeakers installed at the last remodel (EAW) will be replaced with Meyer Sound Labs. Both are good, but Meyer is the next step.

HowardBHaas on September 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

Facebook page says closed August 3. Reopening date not announced. Fall sometime.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 24, 2014 at 6:25 am

From the theater website I would guess the theater is closed? When did it close and when will it open?

egcarter on August 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

They are getting their 6P Laser Projection, Dolby 3D, Dolby Atmos, and other “enhancements.”

Redwards1 on August 8, 2014 at 10:46 am

Does anyone remember the sound at the Seattle Cinerama before Dolby was installed? It was more realistic & less “pumped up”. This was the only Dolby installation I have heard that was NOT an improvement. From reports since the rescue of the theatre that misfire installation no longer exists.

markinthedark on August 7, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I hope they don’t attempt to LieMax the place.

neeb on August 4, 2014 at 3:54 am

Closing for a few months starting August 4, 2014.

Also, seeking a liquor license.

Redwards1 on July 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

The 70mm single projector presentations of films originally in 3 projector Cinerama at the Cinerama Festival at the Cinerama Dome in LA had little of the impact of the originals, with the exception of South Seas Adventure which was restored by an outfit in Austin, Texas. The sound on all the 70mm presentations was nothing like the original 7 channel Cinerama sound.

edlambert on May 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Recently Dave Strohmaier exhibited snippets of the Smilebox restoration of “Cinerama Holiday” on the full Cinerama screen at Bradford, UK. It is an improvement to see the film without the jiggling that couldn’t be helped when three filmstrips were being run in the three projectors required for the original Cinerama process and presentation. I neglected to ask Dave whether the original seven-track sound system was preserved or that a downsizing to fewer tracks was employed. You can see the presentation here:

paulnelson on April 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm

I saw Blade Runner here once in an expanded Cinerama size presentation years ago. Special lense? Don’t know but it appeared to be just as expansive and large as the Cinerama process. Great! Also Days of Heaven.

MrRsoc on September 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm

To Ken’s comment…I wonder if there is a technology that can take the digital elements of the blu-ray (BD) restoration of How the West Was Won and create a utility to stitch the seams together as beautifully as is done for the BD. The BD is quite amazing in SmileBox on a “large” projected HT screen. The seams are all but invisible. If the 2K files made of each strip for the BD were used to create a 6K Cinerama screen at DCI specs, projected with laser projectors, that could be quite an impressive “restoration” for the big screen events. Ahem..Mr. Allen…we have an idea. ;–)

I’m all for purist screenings of the three 35mm strips, but a big screen “digital” Cinerama could be pretty cool.

KenLayton on August 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I’d want to see films in their original Cinerama projection process on film not digital video projection.

HowardBHaas on August 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I sure hope this extremely rare surviving Cinerama house continues to show 2001 (and other classic 70mm films) and How the West Was Won. Paul Allen paid for new prints of those films. I myself have no interest in those other films you mention.

egcarter on August 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The Seattle Cinerama will get the first permanent commercial installation of Christie’s new 4K laser digital projector in Feb. or March of 2014, replacing their current 4K Christie system. The new projector is capable of up to 60,000 lumens, and will handle both 2D and 3D presentations.

HowardBHaas on August 20, 2013 at 5:06 am

Oops. Their post was all to be on curved Cinerama screen. I’m interjecting the original way 2001 & Patton were meant to be seen. More on those 2 films- Wikipedia says theater savior Paul Allen paid for a new 2001 print last year. I saw a fantastic print several weeks ago of Patton, at AFI Silver Theatre.

HowardBHaas on August 20, 2013 at 5:03 am

No, though your guess is logical, they posted as a reply comment on their most recent Facebook post that the curved Cinerama screen will be used the entire time, for 70mm films as well as Cinerama and at least 2 of the films- 2001 and Patton were meant for a curved screen. I’m sure most people are happier with this choice. The Cinerama films may be clustered together because they need a projectionist for each of the 3 projector booths needed for Cinerama but that’s just my guess.

droben on August 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I think they will be using the deep-curve screen only for the three strip Cinerama films since those screenings are all scheduled on the final weekend. Just a hunch…

Sean C.
Sean C. on August 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

i saw This is Cinerama, 2001 and Sound of Music two years ago at their first 70mm Film Festival. This is Cinerama was a giant marketing piece for US tourism but was interesting to see the 3 strip film.

during Sound of Music there was an intermission and parents were just letting their kids run a muck all over the auditorium, i was pretty shocked. in the lobby i don’t think i would have minded as much.

HowardBHaas on August 16, 2013 at 7:16 pm

See official website for September’s 70mm festival and also including two 3 strip Cinerama films (This is Cinerama and How the West Was Won). Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, Vertigo, Sound of Music, 2001, Patton, Hamlet, Baraka. the Big Screen so I suppose on the 90 foot x 30 foot Cinerama screen rather than 68 foot flat screen. That would mean 70mm films at 2.20 aspect ratio would be 66 foot wide but on the curved screen.

Sean C.
Sean C. on July 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

i did see the 70mm print of Ghostbusters after having seen a standard print at the Egyptian a few months earlier, and it did indeed look much better.

egcarter on October 15, 2012 at 12:19 am

The Cinerama is still running THE MASTER in 70mm (looks and sounds great!). Next three regular attractions will be CLOUD ATLAS, SKYFALL, and THE HOBBIT (hopefully in 48fps).

dschulz on September 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

The Datasat (formerly known as DTS, DTS sold their movie division to Datasat in 2008) soundtrack for 2001: A Space Odyssey is a straight digital transfer off the original 6 channel mag. The mag soundtrack was cleaned up to remove any analog artifacts, but the mix was not altered.

paulnelson on July 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I saw 2001 here in the 60’s. Great experience. Also Bladerunner in a Cinerama style presentation with a special lense on the projector and it looked like authentic Cinerama. That was the best experience. Years ago too.

Giles on May 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

did anyone see ‘Ghostbusters’?? I really want to know if the 70mm print looked any better than the craptastic bluray edition.

CSWalczak on April 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

You are not the only one who thinks so!