This is Cinerama is a 1952 film which shows how film makers could use the new technology of Cinerama to make movies more realistic by broadening the aspect ratio so the viewer's peripheral vision was involved.
The film is narrated by travel writer and newscaster Lowell Thomas. It was directed by Merian C. Cooper, Gunther von Fritsch, Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited) and Michael Todd Jr. (uncredited). Cooper and Schoedsack had long experience with special movies, dating all the way back to King Kong.
Because the new technology required a special setup of three projectors and multiple soundtracks, the film's distribution was also revolutionary. It was shown in a single theater in most cities, with reserved seats, and lengthy runs. The same distribution model was used by Imax films starting in the late 1990s.
Categories: 1952 films | United States National Film Registry
Cineramas four proprietary active movie posters are controlled by a powerful video server located on-site, although each poster has the ability to accept streaming video from a remote server.
Cinerama is one of the first theaters in the world to be completely wired for digital cinema, a remarkable new technology that utilizes powerful video servers and broadband fiber optic connections to feed digitized motion pictures directly to movie projectors.
Cinerama patrons are completely enveloped in a surround-sound experience, regardless of where they sit in the theater.
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