Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dump Digital

Cinerama's Big Screen Festival goes retro


There are only three theaters in America capable of screening three-panel Cinerama movies.

Of course we have one of them.

If you don't know what that means, it's like this: three 35mm projectors, running in perfect synchronicity, casting a film on a giant, specially-curved screen. 

For all the hullabaloo about digital and 3D, the sheer visual impact of a Cinerama film is unmatched. Now you can experience it yourself with the Seattle Cinerama's Big Screen 70mm Film Festival.

Classic flicks from cinema history are showing in both 70mm and three-panel over the next two weeks.

The can't-miss screenings include Stanley Kubrick's 2001 this Saturday; the new 70mm print was paid for by Paul Allen and only shows here. You'll also want to catch epic 1962 cowboy flick How The West Was Won in three-panel Cinerama on closing weekend.

Yes, the flat screen you got at Costco is nice.

But size does matter.

Big Screen 70mm Film Festival
Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 29
2100 4th Ave, Belltown
(206) 448-6680

Price: $13 here
Nearby: Shorty's; Clever Bottle; Radiator Whiskey

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