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Dear Ed [Patterson],
Thanks yours 8th. inst.
Re: about the Fog business in London, it certainly must have been awful & so many lives lost too. I understand over 300 - really tragic. Note re 3rd dimension Pictures - as it is an old idea, but "CINERAMA" is an improved advancement - the audience does not have to wear spectacles - & no close-ups. The characters are life size, its quite like looking at a Stage show - except with the advantage of being able to see different settings where on the Stage views are limited. They say, there will be around 300 Theatres running this medium throughout the whole country & the rest will have to adjust to the fact - Houses will have to become fully equipped - also there won't be enough pictures to supply them.
Happy New Year & all you wish yourself.
Bye & God Bless,
As Ever Sincerely -
I understand - Chaplin is going to settle down in Switzerland & has already taken out money from here (5 million dollars) so looks like he won't come back - a sad end to a great career!
“The Great Smog of London” was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital in early December 1952. Government medical reports estimated that 4,000 people had died as a direct result of the smog and 100,000 more were made ill by the smog’s effects.
Cinerama—introduced during the 1950s—is a widescreen process that projected images simultaneously from three synchronized 35mm projectors onto a huge, deeply curved screen.