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Happy birthday CinemaScope

By Mark Cousins   September 2003

Given the title of this column it would be remiss not to mention the fact that CinemaScope is 50 years old this year. In 1953, 20th Century Fox trumpeted The Robe, the first film in the new format, as “the modern miracle you see without glasses.” The film premiered on 16th September of the same year in New York’s Roxy cinema, on a screen measuring 65 by 25 feet. Cinemas around the world quickly refitted, widening their screens and curving them in concave imitation of CinemaScope’s famous perspectival logo. So encompassing was the new heightened experience of going to the…

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