By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The nonprofit Hollywood Theatre will begin 70mm film projection after March 21, and the first scheduled film, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” already is sold out.
Returning 70mm film projection to Oregon has been a dream for many years at the theatre, an educational and entertainment venue.
Dan Halsted, the Hollywood’s head programmer and a noted archivist, spent many years tracking down old parts to restore a projector to show 70mm film, according to a news release from the theater. Many cinema fans regard 70mm as the best movie viewing experience available.
The film format features a greater aspect ratio and higher resolution than traditional 35mm film, according to the news release. The premium film format reached its pinnacle in the 1960s and 1970s with big-budget films such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “2001.”
However, the format fell by the wayside as theaters converted to digital cinema technologies. A fund-raising campaign supported by 200 individual donors and Koerner Camera Systems, the lead business sponsor, provided funds to get the final pieces of equipment for a 70mm projector.
The funds also helped upgrade the theater sound system to handle both 70mm and digital films. The NW Projection staff also helped with the complicated installation process.