In the Cyber Museum we feature extensive coverage of Cinerama, CinemaScope, Technirama, Panavision, Vistavision, Superscope, Todd-AO, Technicolor, Cinecolor, Kinemacolor and other motion picture photographic processes. In addition, the web site also features a great deal of historic material on the development of early motion picture sound systems of the variable area and variable density optical soundtracks, plus Vitaphone sound on disc motion picture audio systems.

The Internet's most comprehensive source for information on Cinerama, CinemaScope, VistaVision, Superscope, Todd-AO, Super Panavision, Cinemiracle, Technirama, Ultra Panavision, Vitaphone, Optical Sound, Magnetic Sound, Technicolor, Cinecolor, Dufaycolor, Pathé color, you know, the OLD stuff!


"This website is so thorough that it's exhausting..."
Noah Robishon, Entertainment Weekly

"This one's fun!"
Colorado Film Commission

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Most Recent Update: 29 August 2015
Usherette Miss Polly Esther will direct you to the index of significant updates and additions. Usherette Miss Polly Esther will direct you to the index of significant updates and additions
We've expanded every section with big new
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Current Number of Pages on the Site: 1,027        Current Number of Graphic Images on Site: Over 4,800
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Usherette, Ms. Cindy Rama, will show you into the WideScreen Museum
Usherette, Ms. Di Transfer, will show you into the Early Color Site.Usherette, Ms. Di Transfer, will show you into the Early Color Site.

Cinerama, CinemaScope, Vistavision, Todd-AO, Superscope, Ultra Panavision, Cinemiracle, Super Panavision, Technirama and more.
More New Hi-Res Graphics!

Additive, Subtractive, Cinecolor, Technicolor, Kinemacolor, Pathé Color, Kodachrome, Gaumont, Colcim, Horst, and other color systems.

Della Rama, (Cindy's sister), will guide you to the Poster Gallery
If you talk real nice to usherette Vera Belle Densitie, she'll show you into the museum's sound wingIf you talk real nice to usherette Vera Belle Densitie, she'll show you into the new sound wing
Poster Gallery

Western Electric, RCA, DeForest, Variable Density, Variable Area, Fantasound, Vitaphone, just lots and lots of old stuff.

Usherette Ms. Dolly Crabbe, will show you into the new Hi-Res Image Gallery
Pam R. Ammah will show you into the goofy poster wing.
Usherette Kay Leigh Gaumont is shocked at this hard hitting investigative reporting.

A potpourri of high resolution images reproduced directly from motion picture prints and negatives

Posters make for crummy bar bets. This little gallery shows how uninformative they can be.

Promises, Promises, Promises. The electronics industry is trying to convince us that we are facing new wonders in television. Find out the truth in this hard hitting exposé

Usherette Alice T. Lansing will direct you to the lecture center
Robert A. Harris DocumentUsherette Celia Lloyd will guide you to the Robert Harris documentUsherette May Trix will guide you to the Robert Harris document

If you don't own one now, you will own a widescreen TV some time in the near future. You need to be aware of some facts now in order to avoid some disappointments in the future.

Film restorer Robert A. Harris discusses restoration and preservation as they are and they ought to be. Still relevant a dozen years after presented to a symposium.

Ben-Hur DVD Comparison

We're not sure why, but we've received numerous requests to make this review available again. So here it is.

Breathtaking New Digital System
Find Out Why Everyone's Raving About It.


Western Electric ERPI Logo
Is that a cool logo or what?

Guests of The American WideScreen Museum  stay at the Sheraton Town House - Los Angeles
Guests of The American WideScreen Museum stay at the luxurious Sheraton-Town House in Los Angeles.
This may create some confusion since the Museum is located in Houston. We apologize for any inconvenience. (Free parking in Houston)

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The American WideScreen Museum is a wholly owned subsidiary of Armadillo Homemade Moving Picture and Television Company,
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Cop Outs and Legal Stuff

Curator's Note: Every attempt has been made to ensure the information here is correct. Since a lot of blustery rhetoric was issued in the promotion of many of these processes, it is entirely possible that factual errors do exist. We are not hypersensitive to corrections so feel free to e-mail the author with any information that you have.

Photographic illustrations on this site are copyright © by their respective holders. The images are published in the belief that it is allowed by the copyright law's fair use or quotation provisions. If any copyright holder objects to an image being included, please notify the curator and the image will be removed immediately, though probably not cheerfully.

Unless otherwise stated, all text is written by Martin B. Hart, the Curator,
©1995 - 2015 The American WideScreen Museum

We have begun using a special watermark on illustrations contained on this site. We're always glad to provide high quality images at nominal cost to those that need them for their websites but we get a little bitchy when folks just steal them.


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Opinions that The Sound of Music and The Greatest Story Ever Told are boring are those of the Curator and his opinions are final. Don't bother complaining. Frankly we'd send up a big cheer if someone would chop the negatives into millions of guitar picks.


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