November 7th, 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California.
November 7th, 1963 I was a newreel cameraman for KHJ-TV in Los Angeles. The occasion was the world première of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” in a theatre based on a geodesic dome developed by R. Buckmaster Fuller. This premier marked the dawn of “single lens” Cinerama.
Directed by Stanley Kramer, the cast was outstanding: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, and a host of other stars including legendary Buster Keaton.