Pictureville Cinema in Bradford, U.K.
Celebrated 50th Anniversary of
On Sunday March 17th, 2002, Bradford's WideScreen Weekend served up some
irresistible goodies to those able to attend this event in central England.
Writer-Director Dave Strohmaier and Producer Randy Gitsch presented the
Director's Cut of Cinerama Adventure at the Pictureville National Museum of
Photography. Also in attendance was Gregg Kimble, who appears in the
documentary and developed the "smilebox" effect for the Cinerama sequences.
Strohmaier also introduced some newly reprinted 3-strip clips from Search For Paradise, Cinerama Holiday,
and How The West Was Won.
Presented in genuine Cinerama were:
Seven Wonders of the World (pink)
How The West Was Won
This Is Cinerama
Plus 70mm prints of
2001: A Space Odyssey
Patton (Dimension 150)
Pictureville Cinema, in Bradford England, installs a set of classic Cinerama
equipment and screen as a part of the British National Museum of Photography
Film and Television. The Cinema is a popular spot for Baby Boomers.
Cinerama expert John Harvey installs his own vintage Cinerama equipment and
a special screen at the New Neon Movies in downtown Dayton Ohio. Film fans
from around the globe make a pilgrimage to Dayton to see the films again.
David Strohmaier's documentary crew starts shooting interviews with the
surviving Cinerama crew members, theater men, and celebrities who worked in
After passionate locals campaign to save it, entrepreneur Paul Allen buys
the downtown Seattle Cinerama theatre, and orders a multi-million dollar
renovation of the theatre that includes a re-installation of the historic
movie process and its special screen.
The newly renovated Seattle Cinerama Theatre reopens. An announcement is
made that the Cinerama Dome Theatre in Hollywood is to be preserved and
restored to its original glory as the centerpiece of a new entertainment and
retail complex. Plans include installing the historic 3 projector Cinerama
process for periodic screenings at the Dome.
The Seattle Cinerama Theatre presents real Cinerama for the first time in 38
years. People are turned away from sold-out screenings of This Is Cinerama
and How The West Was Won, and a "work-in-progress" preview of David
Strohmaier's new documentary Cinerama Adventure is applauded by a
capacity audience. In Hollywood, the Cinerama Dome closes for renovation and
A new Cinerama screening room is built at Crest film lab in Hollywood for
testing new prints of This Is Cinerama, How The West Was Won (and hopefully
others). David Strohmaier's Cinerama Adventure, completed to Director's Cut
post-production stage, begins private test screenings and is well received
at IFP (Independent Feature Project) screening in NYC.
David Strohmaier brings Cinerama Adventure and newly printed 3-strip film
clips to screen in the Pictureville Cinema Museum at Bradford, England. The
Cinerama Dome reopens in Hollywood with a special 3-strip Cinerama Trailer
assembled by Strohmaier, occasionally preceding regular features. The
trailer announces that real Cinerama screenings are scheduled to coincide
with Cinerama's 50th anniversary in the fall.