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Michael Mohan
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Registered: Jun 2006

 - posted June 12, 2007 02:12 PM      Profile for Michael Mohan   Author's Homepage   Email Michael Mohan         Edit/Delete Post 
I just found out that the LA Film Fest is playing the 1974 disaster film Earthquake later this month (June 30th). What's awesome about it is that they're presenting it in it's original sound format: Sensurround. I've never seen -no- experienced a film in Sensurround, so I'm extremely excited about this one. I'll cut and paste the info below for anyone who is interested - I bought my tickets online ( It's playing at the UCLA James Bridges Theatre, which I've never been to either. I wonder where they found the equipment and subwoofers in order to make this happen...


Presented in Sensurround

USA, 1974, 120 min

Directed By: Mark Robson
Writers: George Fox, Mario Puzo
Producers: Jennings Lang, Mark Robson
Cinematographer: Philip H. Lathrop
Editor: Dorothy Spencer
Music: John Williams
Cast: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Genevieve Bujold, Richard Roundtree, Victoria Principal

The mother of all L.A. disaster movies, Earthquake stars alpha-male Charlton Heston as a fearless construction engineer who risks life and limb to rescue workers in a high-rise office building after “The Big One” hits. With first-rate special effects, Earthquake is a crazy, campy, panic-filled thrill ride. Watch as your favorite L.A. landmarks are reduced to rubble, sidewalks split open and a massive dam threatens to submerge the city. Hold on to your seats: The film will be presented in Sensurround, an effect that simulates tremors in the theater!

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Brad Erickson

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From: West Hollywood, CA
Registered: May 2006

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How fun! Seems to me I remember a screening about 10 years ago at the LA COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART. I was going to go but ended up not. Too bad the Picwood is not around any longer. Even though it opened back in 1974 at Grauman's Chinese and moved across the street to the Paramount, I always associated EARTHQUAKE with the Picwood because it played there during the summer of 1975.

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Bill Gabel

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I saw "Earthquake" at the Picwood and the next Sensurround feature "Midway" there. When they were razing the Picwood Theatre I talked to a few of the neighbors that was watching. The people who lived on the street behind the theatre remembered the Sensurround sound coming from the theatre during it's engagements there.

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Matt Lutthans

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From: Marysville, WA
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I remember when Earthquake played the Everett (WA) Mall I-II-III in its first run. It didn't matter which wind tunnel (aka auditorium) you sat in, you heard it and felt it.

One of my prize possessions is a pair of amplifiers from an original SenSurround installation in SoCal. The amps still have MCA/Universal stickers on them.

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Brad Erickson

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From: West Hollywood, CA
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Films were more fun in the past. I loved growing up in the 70's and seeing these films first run. Now films are so slick, empty and dull in comparison.

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Todd Erwin

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From: Newport Beach, CA
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I remember seeing Star Wars for the first time somewhere in the Philly area, and hearing "Rollercoaster" in Sensurround playing in the adjacent aud.

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Richard A Stegman Jr

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I wish i'd seen it in a regular walk-in thratre.

I saw it at the South Gate(i believe)drive-in so i never got to experience Sensurround". I saw "Midway" at a drive-in too. [Frown] [Frown]

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Jim Perry
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Registered: Jun 2004

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Back in '74, I went to see "Earthquake" at 2 different theatres, in Sensurround, here in Vegas:
Towards the tail end of it's first-run engagement at the L.V. Cinerama (they doubled it with "The Hindenburg"), which was quite an experience!
And during it's 2nd run "move-over" at Mann's Boulevard Twin, which didn't have quite the same effect (side note: also at the Twin was Scorsesse's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" - went to see that another day & sure enough, Sensurrornd RUMBLED into that auditorium, LOL!).

Also saw "Midway" & "Rollercoaster" in Sensurround during their first-run engagements as well - both shown at the Red Rock 11.

As part of their upcoming "Masters Of Disaster" series, American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA., will be showing "Earthquake" on Saturday, Jan. 3rd, 2009 at 7:30 pm.
AND YES, they ARE showing it in Sensurround!!!

Go to for more details.

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