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Casper Theater Plans Cinerama Presentation in September



Gitsch & Strohmaier, courtesy of Wyomovies.

Before there was virtual reality, IMAX or 3D, there was Cinerama. And for one special weekend, Wyomovies is bringing back this then revolutionary technology for its 65th anniversary with screenings of Cinerama documentaries and two classic films in the format.

Cinerama was movie-goers first real immersion into films. First introduced in the 1950s, Cinerama movies were shot with three cameras and shown with three projectors onto a deeply curved screen with a high-quality, surround sound system, collectively creating an engrossing and lifelike experience unlike anything audiences had ever seen. Though abandoned in 1962 because of its high costs, the Cinerama process still brings back fond memories to millions of baby boomers of sweeping aerials, documentary style world travel films, thrilling roller coaster rides and other simulated virtual reality experiences designed to lift the audience out of their seats and into the action.

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Wyoming has never had a Cinerama theatre, so movie lovers from the Cowboy State had to travel to see Cinerama films. Three of these film buffs discovered a theatre in Denver so enchanting that they made routine trips just to go see movies there. Movie Palace owners Randy Pryde, Craig Hosey and the late Mike Ito were so captivated by the Cinerama experience at Denver’s Cooper Theatre that they decided to replicate it in every way from its name down to its orange curtains. And now the Cooper recreation will be complete as they bring Cinerama to Wyoming for the first time in honor of its 65th birthday.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 10, the Cooper at Studio City Mesa will host exclusive daily special Cinerama presentations featuring two distinguished guests. Famed Cinerama restorationists David Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch will be introducing Seven Wonders of the World, Cinerama Adventure and This Is Cinerama as well as discussing the revolutionary format. Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, September 8:
Seven Wonders of the World in Cinerama – 7:00 p.m.
2001: A Space Odyssey in Cinerama – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 9:
Cinerama Adventure and This Is Cinerama double feature – 1:30 p.m.
Seven Wonders of the World in Cinerama – 7:00 p.m.
2001: A Space Odyssey in Cinerama – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 10:
Cinerama Adventure and This Is Cinerama double feature – 1:30 p.m.
2001: A Space Odyssey in Cinerama – 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Seven Wonders of the World and the Cinerama Adventure + This Is Cinerama double feature are $12.50 for adults and $9.50 for children and seniors. Tickets for 2001: A Space Odyssey are $10 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. Seating is limited. Tickets available here: https://wyomovies.com/cinerama-weekend-at-the-cooper-auditorium/.



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