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We are fortunate in the UK to have the Pictureville Cinema in Bradford which has frequent showings of Cinerama films in either original 3-strip format, digital reconstruction format, or 70mm format. It is an essential reminder of some of the great and innovative days of cinema and to still enjoy the experience. The cinema’s annual Widescreen Weekend is about to celebrate the 70th anniversary of CinemaScope. Also, alongside Pictureville cinema is the National Media Museum where the first in the UK and still operating IMAX cinema is installed.
The final film showing on the night of the fire was ‘A Bucket of Blood’!
All the more reason for the Pictureville Cinerama installation to remain in operation at the National Media Museum in Bradford England.
There was also the ‘Cinema’ cinema located at the bottom of Buxton Road which closed in the 1950’s. I can’t find any reference to it.
I saw The Golden Head at the Theatre Royal Cinerama in Manchester. It was an ‘okay’ movie with some good action sequences but was never shown in USA until recently.
I stand corrected.
2001 was not a Todd-AO production, it was filmed in Super Panavision 70 for Cinerama presentation.
This is not the original Cinerama logo, there being a subtle difference. The original logo began with the C in CINERAMA sloping downward toward the I, the point being at the top left. The Final A sloped upward, the point being at the top right.
In the opening titles of HTWWW, the original logo is used, but THE END title has the alternative version as used on the Dome marquee. In my research I note that most theatres used the original logo and only a few had the style of the Dome. Interestingly very few people noticed the difference and often, the advertising publicity contained both versions!
Most of HTWWW was filmed with 3 lenses. Only a small portion in 70mm for practical reasons. The print of HTWWW at Bradford is superb.
and the Bradford Pictureville Cinerama theatre is the only one in the world with regular mothly showings of ‘This is Cinerama’ – on the first Saturday of each month.
hdtv267 May I advise you that the National Media Museum Pictureville Cinema in Bradford UK shows 3-strip ‘This is Cinerama’ on the first Saturday of each month at 1.30pm. Every March during Bradford Film Festival, their Widescreen Weekend always includes various Cinerama movies, 3-strip and 70mm. Pictureville is equipped to show every film format ever produced. There is a 3D IMAX cinema in the museum. Find a penpal and accomodation costs will be negligible!
For the record, Mario Lanza was not in ‘The Student Prince’, only his voice was heard dubbed for Edmund Purdom who starred in the title role.
Pictureville Cinema at the National Media Museum, Bradford, UK shows ‘This is Cinerama’ in 3-strip Cinerama from 3 booths and onto a louvered screen on the first Saturday of each month at 1.30pm. Other Cinerama, (plus CineMiracle and Kinopanorama), films are regularly shown during Bradford Film Festival which is held at this cinema every March. Pictureville is able to show any film format and sound process and next door is the IMAX 3D cinema.
I have been trying to locate a projectionist who worked here in the 1960’s and who will be in his sixties now.
Any pics of the ‘auditorium’?
This is how the flat screen is installed in front of the permanent Cinerama louvered screen at pictureville.
D150 only ran at the Odeon Marble Arch, and the Coliseum had only Cinerama
‘Once Upon A Time In The Midlands’ is showing on Film 4 at 9pm on Sunday 9 March.
It is always a great time and some of the greatest ever 70mm films are shown as well as the best 3-strip Cinermama movies; ‘This is Cinerama’; ‘Cinerama Holiday’; Cinerama’s Seven Wonders of the World'; and ‘How The West Was Won’ over the years. Where else can you still see, in all its Cinerama glory, the 3-strip ‘Renault Cars’ commercial?! This weekend also includes ‘2001 – A Space Odyssey’ as a Cinerama presentation – as it was originaly shown. Pictureville cinema is equipped to show all film and sound formats and is an example of the best in film museums and as a regular cinema. An IMAX 3D cinema is next door. All in all a weekend in which to indulge yourself.
Location shooting was in Nottingham, if that helps
Can you please post the link? Thanks
Yes, Roland’s is a site of true devotion! I have just looked through your website and I’m very impressed. I love the ‘then and now’ photos. Well done! I look forward to more from you on Cinerama. I donated all of my Cinerama and CineMiracle memorabilia, including my orginal photos of the Itinerama tent, to the National Media Museum in Bradford some years ago. It gave me quite a thrill to see some of it used in the Cinerama feature display recently. I recall going to the Gaumont and the ABC Bristol Road when they were Cinerama theatres. I saw ‘Paint Your Wagon’ as a Cinerama presentation at the ABC. It had been intended to make that film in 3-strip Cinerama, but it was switched to 70mm at the last minute!
You will find my photos of the Itinerama tent when it was at Paignton, Devon, on Roland’s Cinerama website. http://cinerama.topcities.com/ I also remember seing the tent at Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Why not donate to a media museum, such as The National Media Museum?
This was a magnificent theatre. The Gaumont, Manchester was equally as grand, even more ornate. But it has long gone. demolished many years ago. So sad that most theatres of this era suffer a similar fate.