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Rene Albert <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 7 Apr 2000 18:39:19 PDT
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I thought I remembered something about a Cinerama theater in Montreal, so I
asked a very reliable source (my mother the movie buff).  She told me that
the Imperial on Bleury street used to be a Cinerama.  It has been so from at
least 1953, when she saw a screening of "This is Cinerama" [she told me the
bob sleigh sequence made quite an impression on her], until 1962, when she
saw "How the West Was Won".  She told me as well that she saw the next year
in the same theater "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" which was shot in
Ultra Panavision.  So I presume Cinerama converted most of its theaters from
the original Panarama system to Ultra Panavision.

I'm sure Pierre Veronneau (at
would have more info on this in his book "Montréal, ville de cinéma"
(Cinémathèque québécoise).

On a similar note, does anyone know of a widescreen process that would have
been around in the mid 70s (possibly developed by Disney) which might have
played with the room temperature for effect (as I remember it as an 8 year
old boy in 1976 at Terre des Hommes in Montreal) and created the sensation
of being completely immersed in the film world.  I remember a roller coaster
sequence which was totally convincing (I was clinging to person next to me,
fearing I would fall into the screen - ... mmm ... I guess that was my
"Arrivee d'un train a la Ciotat").

Well, there goes 2 minutes of nostalgia,

- Rene

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