some five hundred were in attendance for screenings of 16mm, of
16mm blown up to 35mm, and 35mm Eastmancolor. The response and
subsequent reviews were most gratifying and of real encouragement to the VISTARAMA system.
Perhaps VISTARAMA'S greatest impetus came when Mr. Jack Warner, after extensive interior and exterior tests
with numerous lenses, entered into a non-exclusive arrangement
whereby Warner Bros. could use the VISTARAMA lenses for their
own wide-screen system - Warner SuperScope. The first feature
picture in this system is now nearing completion. (Incidentally, Warner Bros. are now having lenses made by Zeiss-Opton
and will soon have them in sufficient supply for their purposes.)
Several other studios and independent producers have signed or
are preparing to sign for the use of the VISTARAMA lens system.
Dudley Pictures Corporation then began the production
of several feature-length pictures -- "THE FABULOUS LAND," "THE INCREDIBLE CONTINENT," "ROUND-THE-WORLD-WEEKEND" -- and
several short subjects -- "SPORTSMAN'S HOLIDAY," "ALOHA NUI,"
and "PLEASURE ISLAND."
The very first 35mm anamorphic wide-screen motion
picture to be released theatrically before regular paying audiences was VISTARAMA'S "ALOHA NUI," at the Hollywood Paramount
Theatre, 2 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, Wednesday, September 16,
1953. (The second such picture to be so released -- "THE ROBE"
-- was screened several hours later in New York, at 9 P.M.
Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, September 16, 1953.)
Dudley Pictures Corporation and VISTARAMA can also
claim another first, completing the very first anamorphic Super-Screen industrial motion picture -- "CORONADO'S GOLDEN CITIES" -- for the Southwestern Public Service Company of Amarillo,
Texas, first released in September, 1953. Other VISTARAMA industrial pictures are now in production for Santa Fe, Chrysler
Corporation, Association of American Railroads, TWA, and others.
The question is often asked - - "How do VISTARAMA
Warner SuperScope and CinemaScope differ?" Actually there is
no difference -- they are all three one and the same, each being merely a trade-name for a squeeze-type motion picture employing anamorphic lenses. Any theatre equipped with any anamorphic
projection lens can project any picture made under any of these
trade names. Each is compatible with the others.