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Rick LaRoche

Tech Advances in the 50s and TV

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Even though it doesn't relate to musicals, the talk about technological changes utilized to get people away from their TVs reminded me of a couple of things.  The first is Cinerama - three screens and three projectors were used to immerse you in the film- a few films were made of roller coasters, ski runs, etc. to demonstrate. And how the West Was Won was filmed in Cinerama (if it is ever on TV, look carefully and you can see the vertical lines where the three screens were used.  

Also, there were destination movies - Mutiny on the Bounty and Exodus come to mind.  You bought your tickets in advance and had reserved seating; you could also buy a souvenir program.  I remember going with our church group and during our Senior Class trip.

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