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This Is Cinerama (1952)

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A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind has attempted to create the illusion of depth & movement by artistic, mechanical and photographic means. Cinerama format opens with Rockaway Playland Roller Coaster, then Temple Dance from "Aida", views of Niagra Falls, Long Island Choir - an early test of CineramaSound in B&W -, Canals of Venice, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, bullfight and musical performance in Spain, Act II finale of "AIDA" at La Scala Opera House, Milan. "Intermission 15 minutes" Act II commences with a sound demonstration - "we call it stereophonic sound" says LT. Then to Cypress Gardens, Florida, for trick water skiing and boating scenes. The last half of Act II- "America the Beautiful"- is viewed from the nose of a low flying B-25 aeroplane. Finally, credits. Written by David Coles <>

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Release Date:

5 January 1955 (Japan)  »

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Esto es Cinerama  »

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(2012 restoration)

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2.59 : 1
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According to producer Merian C, Cooper, after the premiere,there were still hundreds of people at the theatre at 4:00 AM talking about the experience. See more »


During the closing credits, the shadow of an arm reaching to remove a lamp on a stand. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are no opening logos or credits; not even a title. There is a three-minute musical overture before the curtains open. At the end of the 12-minute black-and-white prologue, Lowell Thomas says the title at the very end of the prologue, when he introduces the film process: "Ladies and gentlemen... this is Cinerama!". All of the credits, title included, are at the end of the film. See more »


Edited into Best of Cinerama (1963) See more »


Finale of Act II
from the opera "Aida"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Cinerama, a format only as good as those presenting it
8 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing "This Is Cinerama" in Detroit in 1953, the second city in the US to get the installation, after New York. Mine was a balcony seat, and that was a disappointment. The picture appeared as though projected on top of a huge ball. Also, the vertical strips composing the screen often wiggled a bit, perhaps do to air currents or drafts in the theater. Maybe this problem was not noticeable to those in orchestra seats. The lesson learned was that I would pop for the more expensive orchestra seat for future productions, a couple of which I saw and thoroughly enjoyed.

"How the West Was Won," being presented at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood this fall, has always been on my list to see in the three-strip format. Have ticket; will be there.

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