Don't miss a chance to see the 70mm restoration of "Vertigo" at the Egyptian. The Egyptian Theatre website has details about the Friday, May 24 7:30 pm screening. It's part of the theatre's "Great Movies" tribute to Roger Ebert.
"Vertigo" was filmed in 1958 in VistaVision, an 8 sprocket hole per frame 35mm process developed by Paramount to increase the amount of image area on a frame while still using standard film stock.
A few theatres in the country (including the Warner Beverly Hills) got special horizontal projectors to showcase the process in all its glory. See the Widescreen Museum's wonderful section on VistaVision for lots of interesting discussion about the process. The photo here of one of the horizontal projectors is from the Widescreen Museum's VistaVision page 2.
Here's a look at the original image format of several frames (minus the optical sound track) from
"Vertigo" in the horizontal VistaVision format. It's on the Widescreen Museum's VistaVision section page 5.
Since we're never going to see it projected in VistaVision, 70mm is the best possible format to see what "Vertigo" looked like in its original release. More on vintage film formats such as Cinerama, TODD-AO and others appears on the Movie Links page of our Hollywood Theatres website. And don't miss a chance to browse through our Egyptian Theatre web pages for more about the 1922 Sid Grauman creation.