On the evening of September 30th 1952, Cinerama was premiered at the New York Broadway Theatre, heralding what would be come a new and enduring era of widescreen. Though the true three panel Cinerama format would not survive How The West Was Won just 10 years later, its legacy would last for decades, as CinemaScope, which was its greatest rival in 1950’s would evolve in to the 2:35:1 aspect ratio that is so widely used today.

Well, Happy Birthday to birth of commercially viable widescreen, and the flawed but fascinating and ambitious process that was 3 Panel Cinerama. Now, we just need a few more films to be released on Blu-ray but in the mean time, This Is Cinerama…

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