Music Box Theatre 70mm Festival

Friday, February 15th – Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Music Box Theatre is proud to bring you a two-week festival of films presented in glorious 70mm. See these films as their creators wished them to be seen: on the big screen, in a theatre, on film, and in 70mm.

Almost since the advent of film there have been variations of 70mm film used to capture visual clarity unequalled in 35mm filming. As 70mm films became popular in the 1940’s through the 1980’s most were filmed in 65mm with the remaining 5mm devoted to sound.

Due to the costs of 70mm film few films were ever shot in this large format, and following their initial release many of them were also released in 35mm to facilitate wide release. Other films were shot in 35mm and “blown up” to 70mm to facilitate more sound information. When DTS sound and Dolby Surround were introduced to cinemas, 70mm (and auditoriums devoted to 70mm) all but disappeared. The result: few people have had the chance to see true 70mm presentation.

Contrary to popular belief, 70mm is not a larger image—it is a format that allows for more information and more visual clarity than its 35mm counterpart. There is a depth to the image that is unlike 35mm, and certainly very different from digital projection.

Over the past several years the film industry has moved away from film in favor of digital projection. Film, in any format, is expensive to use for production and replication. For the first time since the advent of sound, cinemas have had to make a major change in their projection capabilities, making the number of auditoriums outfitted for 35mm or 70mm film projection very few.

The Music Box Theatre is committed to film presentation in any and all formats available and is one of the very few cinemas in the United States able to screen 16mm, 35mm, 70mm and almost all digital formats. It is with this capability that in this very special series we proudly present to Chicago these nine films as examples of 70mm film. All of these films were filmed in 65mm and will be presented the way their makers intended.

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