I was 13 when It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World came out in Cinerama. I think I saw it 4 or 5 times, sitting in the front row. I was immersed in the film, moving my head from left to right and right to left. Cinerama was to movies what HDTV is to NTSC.
There was a theater in downtown Dayton where they still had a Cinerama screen and three projectors. I think it was called the New Neon Theater. I don't know if they are still in business. One day out of the week they would show one of three Cinerama films they had. 'This is Cinerama', 'How the West Was Won' and I can't remember the last one. It was only about three years ago they were still showing these films. The projectionist would rewind each reel by hand so as not to put too much tension on the film surface.
You are correct on all accounts. This theater is still in business and is the only one left in the world, but the schedule is very limited.
I will be in the Dayton area next week on business. I haven't checked the schedule but if the stars are alligned maybe I can get a glimpse of the 5.1 audio super widscreen theater that was way ahead of its time.
If you are ever in Ohio, Dayton has three must see places IMHO: Mendelson's Electronics, The Dayton Flight Museum, and this Cinerama Theater.
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