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Originally published Monday, September 9, 2013 at 5:05 AM

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Cinerama festival salutes ‘Patton’ and other classics

This fall’s Big Screen 70mm Festival at Cinerama, which runs Sept. 13-29, includes “Patton,” “Vertigo,” “Spartacus” and Kenneth Branagh’s four-hour version of “Hamlet.”

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Cinerama’s Big Screen 70mm Festival

Sept. 13-29 at 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle; $13 (206-448-6680 or seattlecinerama.com).

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The summer blockbusters have come and mostly gone. It’s time to make room for what’s becoming a September tradition: Cinerama’s Big Screen 70mm Festival of widescreen classics.

Last year’s showcase featured 70mm productions and original Cinerama presentations. This fall’s collection includes “Patton,” “Vertigo,” “Spartacus” and Kenneth Branagh’s four-hour version of “Hamlet.”

One of only three theaters in the world that are equipped to show movies shot in the original three-camera, three-projector Cinerama process, the theater was saved from demolition by Paul Allen, who brought it up to speed technically and made it capable of showing almost anything.

“We project all of these movies on the original deep Cinerama curved screen,” said Greg Wood, who curates the festival. All films in the festival were shot in a 70mm process or in Cinerama.

All tickets are $13. Here’s the lineup:

“Baraka,” 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 8 p.m. Sept 22 and 4 p.m. Sept. 24. Ron Fricke’s gorgeous, dialogue-free 1992 trip around the world. It’s one of Wood’s favorites: “The quality and visuals are amazing.”

“Vertigo,” 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Alfred Hitchcock’s romantic thriller, which was shot in VistaVision in 1958.

“Lawrence of Arabia,” 1:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 7 p.m. Sept. 26. David Lean’s 1962 epic about the transformation of a Middle East “sideshow” during World War I.

“2001: A Space Odyssey,” 8 p.m. Sept. 14, 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 8 p.m. Sept. 24. The theater set a record by playing Stanley Kubrick’s spacey classic for a year and a half, 1968-1969.

“The Sound of Music,” 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 2 p.m. Sept. 26. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular movie musical.

“Patton,” 7 p.m. Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and 3 p.m. Sept. 25. Filmed in a process called Dimension 150, this World War II epic stars George C. Scott in his Oscar-winning role.

“Hamlet,” 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Kenneth Branagh’s 242-minute 1996 edition of Shakespeare’s play.

“Spartacus,” 7 p.m. Sept. 18 and 1 p.m. Sept. 21. Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 Roman epic won an Oscar for Russell Metty’s Super Technirama 70 cinematography.

“How the West Was Won,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 2 p.m. Sept. 29. This all-star MGM Western won an Oscar for best original screenplay.

“This Is Cinerama,” 8 p.m. Sept. 28. The 1952 three-screen spectacle that changed the shape of movies.

John Hartl: johnhartl@yahoo.com

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