Promotional booklet for 'This Is Cinerama', 1952.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A promotional booklet for the first Cinerama film, 'This Is Cinerama', which opened in New York in 1952 and was a great success. Cinerama used three synchronised projectors, projecting film onto a deeply curved screen to produce images with an extremely wide angle of view - similar to that of human vision. Instead of a flat screen and mono sound, here was a spectacular phenomenon - a huge, curved screen and sound that surrounded the audience. Cinerama was invented by Fred Waller (1886-1954) who had been Head of Special Effects at Paramount. After 'This Is Cinerama', another eight feature films were made using Waller's three-camera system and over 100 Cinerama theatres were opened around the world.