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Cinerama

Cinerama film made its debut with the aptley-named 1952 movie, "This is Cinerama". It was a novel idea at the time, involving movies shot by three different cameras at slightly different angles and then projecting the films through three lenses onto a massive, 90ft curved screen.

 

Of course, the venture failed as it became too expensive, resulting in many such Cinerama theaters closing down. But thanks to Microsoft squillionaire Paul Allen, Seattle's famed Cinerama theatre was fully restored to its former glory of blue mosaic tiles on the outside, and in the inside, Bertoia Diamond chairs, purple-and -green wallpaper and polka-dot-patterned carpets. A great throwback to a past age of movie-going.

 

First place I ever visited in Seattle when I came here on a visit in 2000 was the Cinerama - I arrived right off the flight from London and was staying at the nearby Westin Hotel, went for a walk in the early evening and saw the Cinerama, which was showing "Lawrence of Arabia". How could I miss this movie in such a theatre? So, despite the jet lag, I settled in to the David Lean classic, only to be woken from a deep sleep some 4 hours later by an usher, just as the credits were rolling!

 

Leica M7 & 50mm Summicron

Kodak Portra 160NC

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Taken on July 8, 2011