Souvenir booklet for 'Cinerama Holiday', 1955.
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The first Cinerama film, 'This Is Cinerama', opened in New York in September 1952 and was a great success. Instead of a flat screen and mono sound, Cinerama used three projectors and a huge, curved screen with sound that surrounded the audience. Over the next ten years, another eight feature films were made using Fred Waller's three-camera system and over 100 Cinerama theatres were opened around the world. Following 'This is Cinerama', producer Louis de Rochemont decided to make a film about people rather than just places. The result was 'Cinerama Holiday', the story of two young couples, one American and one Swiss, who visit eachother's countries. Cinerama Holiday became the highest grossing film of 1955.