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Anyone remember Vista Vision?

Asked by john65pennington (29235points) May 31st, 2010

I remember being amazed at some of the movies made in Vista Vision. some of the theatres had to add extensions to their screens, in order to show the“wide movies”. by extending the screens in width, it left a black margin at the top and bottom of the theatre screen. kind of like your television, when a movie is not broadcast in HD and there is also a black margin on each side of your tv picture. so, who remembers Vista Vision? can you name some of the very first movies that were filmed in Vista Vision?

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Primobabe's avatar

You really should visit the marvelous Uptown Theatre in Washington, DC. It’s an old movie palace, and it has one of the few remaining Vista Vistion screens. The screen is HUGE and curves outward at its edges.

john65pennington's avatar

Primobabe, thanks, sorry to say i was there when they first came out. i had to sit in the back of the theatre in order to see the whole screen. will visit next time i am in DC, john

Primobabe's avatar

Was Vista Vision the same thing as Cinerama? I believe that Cinerama used 3 separate projectors, in a criss-cross setup, to fill the entire screen. That’s why the edges of the screen were curved—to compensate for distortion caused by projecting from an angle. Do you know if Vista Vision and Cinerama were different proprietary names for the same technology?

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Not the same as Cinerama. It was a single-lens system like Cinemascope, but it achieved a widescreen effect by aligning the film horizontally in the projector, which allowed wider aspect ratios. Cinemascope used a standard 35mm cinema frame with anamorphic lenses to achieve a widescreen effect, while Cinerama used multiple cameras and projectors.

The best-remembered of the VistaVision films are probably Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.

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