John Sittig explains the plans that Pacific Theatres
has for the Dome and introduces a short documentary
on its construction.
Audiences enjoy the black&white newsreel footage
of the Dome being built. Featured in the short film are
"Mad World" producer/director Stanley Kramer
and many of the film's cast.
Following the Dome newsreel footage, Dave
Strohmaier introduces the dramatic highlights from
his documentary, Cinerama Adventure.
The documentary concludes with a surprise.
Audiences are treated to a specially prepared
compilation of highlights from This Is Cinerama.
On hand to annoy or inform film fans are diehard
Cinerama nuts. Left to right: John Sittig, Cinerama director
for Pacific Theatres; Matt Lutthans, Cinerama advocate
from Seattle, WA; Martin Hart, of the WideScreen
Museum from Houston, TX; Frank Dubiel, of Fall River,
MA, and Cinerama's Gunther Jung.
Before, between, and after shows there's time to lurk
in the bowels of the Cinerama Dome. Matt, Dave, Frank,
and the photographer examined every nook and cranny of
the building, unearthing old equipment and engineering
Dave Strohmaier fills the lobby and display cases with old Cinerama memorabilia.
John Sittig and the Cinerama folks display Cinerama camera #3 and a vintage Cinerama projector, (with a non-vintage Xenon lamp house).
Producer/Writer/Director and bon vivant Dave Strohmaier alongside a poster for Cinerama Adventure.
Charlton Heston and Dave Strohmaier. Proceeds from the
weekend's screenings were donated to charity, and for the
Saturday evening performance of Ben-Hur, the Prince of
Hur himself was on hand to sign autographs and meet the
Charlton Heston signs autographs for a seemingly endless
line of fans before the evening performance of Ben-Hur. Despite their obnoxious personalities, John Fedel, left, and Tim Fedel, right, can't seem to ruffle Mr. Heston.
Tim Fedel & John Fedel
John Sittig introduces Charlton Heston to the audience, who seemed to recognize him without much trouble.
Nobody took any pictures, too busy watching the epic unfold.
The film ends with a standing ovation and Charlton Heston says goodnight to the audience.
The show's over. Tomorrow night, Lawrence of Arabia!
Hey, It's time to go home! Die hards hang around the parking lot and talk about movies and the moom pitcher bidniss.