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JSittig1 commented about CineMiracle's "Windjammer" at Warner Grand on Nov 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

“Windjammer” is available for theatrical exhibition on a HD drive in regular “letterbox” version, a smilebox version, and anamorphic version with a 1:25 squeeze. (That’s the version that we played at the Cinerama Dome in September.
John Sittig
Cinerama Inc.

JSittig1 commented about Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!" on Oct 13, 2010 at 6:45 pm

It played at Hunts CineStage in Columbus.

JSittig1 commented about Cinerama Hollywood on Aug 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

We will be showing the newt remastered high definition digital presentation of WINDJAMMER at the Dome on Sunday September 5, at 11:30am. The majority of the content came from a rare 35mm anamorphic
print found at the Swedish Film Institute. Dave Strohmaier and I will also do a short audio-visual presentation on the remastering process, and possibly newsreel footage from the World Premiere at the Chinese Theatre in 1958. Tickets will be on sale at arclight website in the next few days.

JSittig1 commented about Regency Commerce on Aug 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Commerce opened in the Spring of 1980 as a four plex.

JSittig1 commented about 3 Strip Cinerama and more at the Cinerama Dome on Aug 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm

The post above Manwithnoname does mention that its a 70mm MAGENTA-SCOPE DOUBLE FEATURE. We have screened both prints and they are physically in good shape but are badly faded. They are certainly not up to ArcLights high standards, but I thought that GOLDEN HEAD, never released in the United States, and HOLIDAY IN SPAIN, largely forgotten would make a unusual double bill for curious movie-goers.

JSittig1 commented about "Apocalypse Now" 30th Anniversary on Aug 15, 2009 at 8:56 pm

As Michael noted, The Cinerama Dome was one of the first 3 engagements and it was the first reserved seat engagement we had in several years. The sound, especially the helicopters circling the Dome was unbelieveable. We have played this film in 70mm a number of times since the original engagement and it (along with 2001) continues to do great business.

JSittig1 commented about 3 Strip Cinerama and more at the Cinerama Dome on Aug 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Tickets are avialable on the website,
Its a little difficult to find at this time. Once you’re on the site,
click on ARCLIGHT PRESENTS and that will get you to the Cinerama tickets sales.

JSittig1 commented about Cinerama Hollywood on Jul 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm

The print we are playing on August 24 is 177 minutes including the 15 minute police call intermission. Its the same version we played in October 2003. MGM screened the print last week and found it to be in “fabulous” condition. We are playing it with original sound mix of 5 stage channels and mono surround (although its DTS now instead of mag) and using an Ultra Panavision lens courtesy of Panavision Inc.
There is also a very good chance of playing This Is Cinerama and How The West Was Won right after labor day in three-strip Cinerama and
one 70mm (magenta prints)double feature of THE GOLDEN HEAD and HOLIDAY IN SPAIN. Confirmed information will be available around August 15.

JSittig1 commented about Cinerama Hollywood on Jul 24, 2009 at 5:51 pm

On Monday August 24, ArcLight Hollywood will have one showing of Stanley Kramer’s “IT’S A MAD, MAD MAD, MAD WORLD” in 70mm Ultra Panavison in the theatre that premiered that film 46 years ago, The Cinerama Dome. Tickets are now on sale at the theatre boxoffice or on line at

JSittig1 commented about Warner Huntington Park on Dec 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Although the theatre and surrounding theatre have seen better days, it still is in pretty good shape inside. All the projection equipment has been removed. Two of the mezzanine chandeliers and much of the booth equipment can be seen in the Jim Carrey movie, THE MAJESTIC. Pacific rented that stuff to the studio for that production. The twinning of the theatre in the early 80’s was done with some care and could be undone by someone with deep pockets.

JSittig1 commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 13: Columbus) on Nov 26, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Great rememberances. The Grand is where I would “haunt” the projection booth at intermission, and after the show. It was a single floor level booth with all 3 projectors. That’s where I caught the “Cinerama” bug that I still carry today. I was also the manager at Cinema East.
The owner, Charles Sugarman, had plans drawn up to put in a
126 degree curved screen in 1973, when “This Is Cinerama” was re-released in 70mm, but it never materialized.

JSittig1 commented about Cinerama Hollywood on Nov 7, 2008 at 6:05 pm

45 years ago today.
From MAD World to MADagascar, the Cinerama Dome celebrates its 45th
Anniversary, November 7, 2008. From the roadshow generation to digital screen presentation, and a few face lifts along the way, it’s still “the only theatre of it’s kind in the world!”

JSittig1 commented about Cinerama Hollywood on Sep 8, 2008 at 10:35 am

As the Director of Sight and Sound for Pacific Theatres, I am respomsible for the Cinerama presenations at the Dome. FYI we did
run the entire film earlier in the week, as well as a short section Sunday morning. We also had outside technican to EQ the auditorium
Friday morning for the magnetic soundtracks for 2001 and HTWWW.
I am personally enbarrassed by the sound problem, but it was not due
to lack of concern.
The Cinerama Dome did have a louvered screen when it opened in 1963
and it was replaced once before we went to a solid sheetin the mid 1970’s. Interestingly, the LA review of Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
mentions the cross light reflection.

JSittig1 commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Sep 1, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Great to hear from you. I was the manager of the LaMirada when you were at the Hollywood Pacific. I eventually became district manager for Hollywood. You mentioned Carol Burnett. Last year. we gave her one of the wooden hand painted auditorium doors for her home media room. Its the door she got fired in front of. The theatre is still in remarkably good shape although it would take a lot of money to bring it back. Great hearing from you. I think the only Pacific people left from your time are Jay Swerdlow and myself.
John Sittig

JSittig1 commented about Cinema East on Sep 1, 2008 at 9:08 pm

I was manager of Cinema East in the 1970’s. The theatre was owned by Charles Sugarman, a real showman. Charlies father ran theatres in Columbus in the 40’s and 50’s including The Champion on Livingston.
Theatre sat 998 including 184 in the balcony. We played several roadshows besides “Flying Machines” including “Sand Pebbles” and “Hello Dolly” I don’t recall screen measurements but it was large, wall to wall. Played 70mm 6 track on Norelco AAII ptojectors. Theatre had trouble getting prime bookings in late 70’s and 80’s as multiplexes began springing up. Sold to Charkares Threatres from Springfield. Charlie died in 1986.