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Sam Cuthbert
Film Handler

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From: Brighton, East Sussex, UK
Registered: Jun 2008

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Some complaints are timeless. I'm carrying out research on the Cinesphere, the world's first permanent IMAX theatre here in Toronto and came across this wonderful complaint from 1975.


I believe the text reads:

"After finally visiting Ontario Place last week, I wish to draw to your attention a flaw which I believe medically important.

In Cinesphere, the “66 speakers” of sound accompanying the film “Energy” are driven at a decibel level which is both uncomfortable and distracting, it is louder than industrial exposure limits, I believe by a wide margin.

Would you ask the appropriate Dept. of Health people to monitor this production? A few ears might well be saved."

The first paragraph from the reply letter reads:

"While we agree that there are moments in the film where the level of sound effects may appear to be high, it is so as a direct result of contrast and we do not agree that it is beyond acceptable limits."

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Tony Bandiera Jr
Film God

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From: Moreland Idaho
Registered: Apr 2004

 - posted 08-28-2017 08:24 PM      Profile for Tony Bandiera Jr   Email Tony Bandiera Jr   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The rest of the reply letter reads:

"Therefore, we suggest that you take your "medically important" opinion and place it in a location often reserved for colon examinations." Sincerely, IMAX
[Big Grin]

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Martin McCaffery
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Those polite Canadians.

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