An Internet Tribute to Seattle's
Welcome to the new Martin Cinerama Theater in
downtown Seattle, Washington.
It is February of 1963. My name is John and I will be taking your ticket as you
step into our unique Cinerama entertainment experience.
Seattle's getting the limelight these days… what
with the World's Fair just down
from us at the end of Fourth Street. Smiling people always wave to me from the
gleaming new monorails whizzing by our marquee.
Seattle skyline 1963 Our lobby as seen from 4th Avenue
Cinerama is a very special film process
commercially developed in the 1950's.
You're here to see the first time Cinerama's
three magic eyes set you in a classic
Below is a test loop projection for the
calibration of "Grimm," ensuring the
three projectors and separate 7-channel soundtrack would be flawlessly in tune.
Behind the scenes were people like Corinne. She's now the Box Office Manager,
I don't know it now, but soon I'll be the assistant manager and this will be my office...
Rumor has it our next show is gonna be
a Western. I hear it's really, really GREAT!
As a lark to see where HTWWW was
filmed, three of us took our one week's vacation
and made our own "Cinerama Holiday."
Locations for HTWWW
Some should be said about how nice Mr.
Martin was. Roy Martin had the Martin Steamship Line based
in Atlanta, Georgia. He had a couple of modest theaters in his business portfolio and was approached about
movie houses that would show only Cinerama. Mr. Martin became caught up in the glitz of Hollywood and
the movie industry.
Mr. Martin built four Cinerama
Theaters: Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis and Seattle. The Seattle house
happened because Mrs. Martin's sister lived in Seattle. When she was visiting in
Georgia and saw the Martin Cinerama, she
commented that she wished Seattle had such a venue.
Below are two of the other Martin
St. Louis, MO.
Website to 70 mm Cinerama at the Martin
Cinerama Reference Center
Cinerama's Arrival in Seattle
Site created by John Sherman Mills, former doorman and assistant manager of the Martin in Seattle.