During the summer of 1989, Chicago's Lincoln Park was the site of an incredible cinematic event, Cinema Borealis. Three evenings of great movies projected outdoors on one of the largest screens ever erected in the area. A 70' x 30.5' screen was set up with a full 6-track stereo sound system. Two of the films were presented in 70mm, the other in 35mm. The event was free to all who wished to enjoy these nocturnal projections under the stars. Only the third photo conveys a sense of the enormity of the screen. Keep it in mind when viewing the others.
The films were:
"Ran" (Friday, 7/28/89) The Kurasawa classic. In 35mm 1.85 / Dolby Stereo
"2001: A Space Odyssey" (Saturday 7/29/89) In 70mm Super Panavision / 6- track sound
"Days of Heaven" (Sunday 7/30/89) In 70mm (1.85 blow-up)/6-track discrete Dolby
The Site (booth in the distance)
How big? Look for the human. Note the 10 subwoofers!
Surrounded by surrounds!
Behind the screen? JBL's!
Ran Note the silent generator
Ran Check that skyline!
Norelco AAII Would you trust "2001" to anything less?
Payout "Days of Heaven" rolling
Full Load! That's "Days" running; "2001" reposing
And it RAINED during "2001"
Thousands enjoyed the Friday and Sunday night showings. Unfortunately, Saturday's presentation of the mint-condition 70mm print of "2001" was marred by rain. Not just a little rain: It poured! Nevertheless a couple of hundred hardy soles braved the weather with umbrellas and lean-to's to view the Kubrick classic. There was talk of running it again on Monday night but NIMBY's complaining about noise eliminated that option. However, like in baseball, there's always next year.
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