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Dayton, OH: How to Obtain Tickets to the New Neon Movies' Cinerama Revival in Dayton, Ohio!

Posted on Thursday, August 15th, 1996 and updated on Thursday, June 30th, 2011 5:19 PM

Editors Note: This information was forwarded to me. Dayton, Ohio is nowhere near Milwaukee, but I thought it might be of interest since Cinerama hasn't been around for quite some time...

Thanks to a remarkably successful letter-writing campaign, the New Neon Movies in Dayton, Ohio will become North America's only Cinerama theater! Over 1400 enthusiastic movie lovers from 24 states, Australia, England, Scotland, and Canada have poured out their dreams to see HOW THE WEST WAS WON and THIS IS CINERAMA in the original 3-projector process on a giant 146-degree deeply-curved screen and in 6 and 7 track magnetic stereo sound! They wrote, faxed, and emailed their messages of support for reviving this amazing panoramic cinema experience, promising to travel however far to come to Dayton and share the wonder and virtual reality of inventor Fred Waller's unparalled feature presentation process... CINERAMA!

The OK was finally given on Friday, August 2nd, and construction of the three projection booths, the huge 25 by 50 foot lenticular screen, the large curtain track, the giant THX-approved speakers, etc. began the following Monday.

Labor Day weekend (August 31) is the projected starting date, once world-renowned Cinerama historian and technician John Harvey has his equipment in place and tested. But we are only guaranteeing limited screenings for a two-month period to test the waters, so to speak. Others have tried to revive Cinerama, but only a museum in England has been able to do it. This was in 1993, but after 3 years their business is slowing down.


During September and October, THIS IS CINERAMA will play Saturdays only at 1:00 PM and HOW THE WEST WAS WON will play Sundays only at 1:00 PM. This will allow our hundreds of out-of-state visitors a chance to see both on the same weekend. The showings have also been scheduled for weekend matinees only to allow Mr. Harvey time to clean, inspect, and rewind each rare print before the next screening. The theater's regularly scheduled features will continue to play during the week and on weekend evenings using the center half or two-thirds of the giant wraparound Cinerama screen. REMEMBER: This will be a limited run through October before the theater must close and twin its single screen auditorium.

TICKETS GO ON SALE Monday, August 12. Advance tickets are $10 each and guarantee reserved center section ("sweet spot") seats, limited to the first 120 requests per show. They can be purchased at the New Neon Movies box office during regular hours or by mailing in a check or money order for the amount of purchase with a SASE (order form below). Sorry, we are not able to take charge cards. Do not mail cash, but we will be happy to accept it at the box office. General admission (non-sweet-spot) tickets will be available the day of the show: $6 for seniors and children and $8 for adults.

THE DOORS WILL FIRST OPEN at 11:30 AM for brunching with coffee, doughnuts, fruit, muffins, meeting and mingling. Then at noon the doors will be closed for an introductory preview lecture with slides, names, dates, drawings, descriptions, facts, legends, and folklore. The doors will open at 12:30 PM for the general public to select from the remaining seats. Each film will have a 20-minute intermission, and at the conclusion of the feature, we will take a minute to thank John Harvey for his efforts, then take a five-minute stretch break and gather again in the auditorium for a brief question and answer period with Mr. Harvey himself.

WE'RE SURE EXCITED and we hope you are too! We look forward to meeting you, having you sign our guest book, and swapping Cinerama stories! Listed below is the schedule of showings. Check your personal calendar and select your first and second preferences, circling them and indicating "first choice" and "second choice" and the number of tickets you need for each date. Please include your phone number so that we may call you and discuss other options in the event that your first two choices are sold out.

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Please mail this form once completed with a SASE to:
The New Neon Movies
130 E. 5th Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

Please circle your first and second choice dates for each
feature, specifying the number of tickets you need.

(Saturdays at 1:00 PM) (Sundays at 1:00 PM)

August 31 September 1
September 7 September 8
September 14 September 15
September 21 September 22
September 28 September 29
October 5 October 6
October 12 October 13
October 19 October 20
October 26 October 27

(A few dates may be added in November if business warrants it. We are
keeping our fingers crossed, but really it is up to you and the rest of
the public's response. Tell your friends to hurry and take advantage of
this one-of-a-kind opportunity!)

"Please send me ______ tickets to THIS IS CINERAMA for Saturday,
the ____ of _________. My second choice date is ______________."

"Please send me ______ tickets to HOW THE WEST WAS WON for Sunday,
the ____ of _________. My second choice date is ______________."


CHECK OR MONEY ORDER ENCLOSED FOR $ _____________. (US dollars please)

[ ] Check here if you would like additional information on recommended
hotels, restaurants, museums, and other sightseeing locations.

[ ] Check here if you would like us to send you a THIS IS CINERAMA
flyer that covers the making of the film, its many locations,
and how it changed the way movies were forever made!

[ ] Check here if you would like us to send you a HOW THE WEST WAS WON
flyer that covers the making of this landmark epic, the film's
history, story, characters, actors and directors.

Print clearly:

NAME _____________________________________

ADDRESS _____________________________________

CITY/STATE _____________________________________

POSTAL CODE _____________________________________

COUNTRY _____________________________________

TELEPHONE # _____________________________________

Remember to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your order.

Please allow 14 days for ticket processing. If you have not received your tickets within 14 days of mailing, please call our office at (513) 222-8452 before departure to confirm that tickets are in the mail or being held for you.

Finally, thank you one and all for making John Harvey and thousands of others very happy. REMEMBER: By buying a ticket, you are helping to save Cinerama for maybe many years to come! Please email this announcement to your friends and help spread the word!

For further information, send email to the Neon Movies care of ArtFilmFan@aol.com or call the theater at (513) 222-8452.

information duplicated from a flyer distributed by the New Neon Movies

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