What's on at National Media Museum - Cinerama (Digital)
Join Lowell Thomas and follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo in this new, digital restoration of Search for Paradise, the fourth of the original, 3-panel Cinerama travelogues. Released in 1957, the motion picture takes you to the 'Roof of the World,' the Himalayas and Karakoram mountains of Central Asia, the highest
region on Earth. You'll become part of the adventure as explorer Lowell Thomas searches for paradise in ancient cities, wild river rapids, and the lush gardens of mountaintops.
Your first stop is the Forbidden Kingdom of Hunza, a hidden valley bordered by China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, home to a legendary warrior tribe. Next, you'll challenge the rapids of the Mighty Indus River, fed from a fantastic galaxy of monumental glaciers draining from some of the greatest heights
known to man. From there, find respite in the romantic Shalimar Gardens in the Vale of Kashmir, then fly to Kathmandu for the coronation ceremony of King Mahendra of Nepal. The adventure concludes with a trip to a U.S. Air Force base, where Thunderbird jet planes cut across the sapphire blue sky overhead at supersonic speed.
The film captures the imagination and asks what your dream paradise would be: beauty, adventure, or peace.
Cinerama was an ultra-wide film format created in 1952 to be the ultimate in immersive cinema. It used three 35mm film strips to gather a huge quantity of information, in order to create a sharp, finely detailed image. The three films would then be projected onto a 146° curved screen to fill viewers’ field of vision. The aim was to immerse the audience in their film experience, in much the same way as modern IMAX or 3D.
The National Science and Media Museum is one of only three public venues in the world that can show Cinerama. You haven’t visited us until you’ve seen it!