Cinerama Technical Drawings Collection

Cinerama Incorporated
Vitarama Corporation

This small collection contains technical drawings for Cinerama and Vitarama widescreen cinema systems, as developed by Fred Waller in the mid-20th century. The drawings include specifications for projectors, cameras and installations in theatres. There are also a number of architectural drawings for cinemas in sites including the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (now National Media Museum) in Bradford and the Gaumont Theatre in Birmingham. Alongside the technical drawings there are also materials relating to the assembly and construction of Cinerama equipment including a small amount of assembly logs and equipment test logs from a number of sites.

The majority of these materials are dated between 1946 and 1958, however there are a number of more modern items in the collection including some promotional materials for both Cinerama and Imax dating from the 1980s onwards. It is not known whether these materials were added to the collection at a later date.


Two bankers boxes
Access is given in accordance with the NMeM access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through the museum’s Insight facility.
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