Although it's not actually Jacqueline's birthday until the 26th, she's going to be in an airplane heading to Amsterdam then. In celebration, then, and in honor of Amsterdam, we decided to mark the occasion in true libertine fashion: Drinks and tapas at Fandango, then off to the glorious Cinerama to see Master and Commander, and then to the Palace Kitchen for the afterparty.
(Master and Commander, by the way, was a HOOT. I've been reading the novels, and Peter Weir did a great job of capturing the feeling of them without getting too bogged down in the naval jargon.)
Joshua Edelstein, on Monday, November 24, 2003 at 10:00 AM:
Cinerama's a chain? Whoa. Just seeing the logo on the Web site brought back a flood of memories of King Street in 1977. And of hiding under the seat when Darth Vader rolled into the rebel ship.
rfkj, on Monday, November 24, 2003 at 2:54 PM:
I don't think that Cinerama is a chain, the way Loew's or AMC is. I think the Cinerama theaters are so named because they are or used to be equipped to show Cinerama movies--kind of like if they called theaters that showed Technicolor movies "Technicolor theaters". Cinerama was an attempt at showing panoramic movies. It had a curved screen and multiple cameras, I think.
Does the Seattle Cinerama show real Cinerama films?
And I saw Star Wars at the Cinerama, too! (What is it now, a two-plex? Three? Is it even still there? That's definitely a childhood landmark.)
David Adam Edelstein, on Monday, November 24, 2003 at 5:02 PM:
Cinerama was more of a "new technology" -- so instead of a regular boring old movie theater, they were CINERAMAS!
Unfortunately, the film wasn't compatible with regular movie theaters, so movie producers had to decide to target their movies for a very limited market, or (in the rather remarkable case of Oklahoma) shoot the entire movie twice, once in regular format, once in Cinerama format.
There's a bit of history on the Seattle Cinerama site: http://www.cinerama.com/cinerama_tech1_tech.html
Michelle, on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 12:34 AM:
I saw Star Wars there too - maybe that was the only theater that showed it. Hate to tell you, but it's a Checker Auto Parts as of a couple of years ago. My office was across the street and over a block, so I got to witness the sad event.