As the "most modern film theatre in Europe", the SAVOY was the first Todd-AO film palace when it opened in 1957. This caused a sensation. Everyone wanted to experience this innovative technology for themselves, which gave the audience the feeling of sitting right in the middle of the action. After all, the films were shown on a strongly curved screen, which was extremely beneficial for the Todd-AO process. The name Todd-AO can be traced back to the inventor Michael Todd. At that time he had developed the wide screen process for and with the American Optical Co (AO). In this process, wide-angle lenses were used to film on 65mm negative film, copied onto 70mm film and projected onto a curved large screen (2.2 :1). The advantage: the image quality, which can reach resolutions of up to 16k in full format. However, the production is very expensive, which is why the method is rarely used anymore.
Quentin Tarantino, for example, helped the technology to a second spring and shot his film "The Hateful Eight" with an analog camera. This 70mm film was only shown in four cinemas in Germany, including the SAVOY. Because that had installed a 70mm projector again for the film release. With "Dunkirk", the next 70mm restart will probably come to SAVOY in summer, which is the only cinema in Hamburg with this projection. In addition, it is also planned to bring classics in 70mm back to the big screen of the SAVOY. "For us, the theme 70mm is a great connection to history and tradition of the house, we are very proud of this unique selling proposition", says theatre director Gary Rohweder. And it can be - in fact, no other cinema in Hamburg is able to produce 70mm film, which filmmakers refer to as "camera porn". Quentin Tarantino, by the way, is not the only one who is using this technology again. Christopher Nolan also filmed "Tenet" analogue and will be delighting cineasts from 15 July. "There's something magical about analog film," Tarantino said at the time. And digital film lacks this magic. (Source: Szene Hamburg)