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Larry Karstens collection on Cinerama

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9578

Scope and Contents

Materials collected by Larry Karsens documenting Cinerama, a widescreen film projection process invented in 1952 that utilized three synchronized 35mm projectors on one screen. Materials include film posters, lobby cards, promotional books, novels based on Cinerama films, magazines featuring Cinerama films, programs, clippings, letters, film stills, scrapbooks, research printed from the Internet, equipment manuals, sheet music, board games, and puzzles. Film titles featured in the collection include Seven Wonders of the World (1956), Windjammer (1958), How the West was Won (1962), The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), Khartoum (1966), and Krakatoa: East of Java (1968). Also contains materials on large format cinema theaters, including blueprints, materials on The American Widescreen Museum, the Indian Hills theater in Omaha, Nebraska, and cinema palaces in Omaha. Materials dated 1940-2015.


  • 1940-2015


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Larry Karstens was part of the investment group involved in the Indian Hills Theater's preservation in Omaha, Nebraska. The theater, known for its Cinerama screen, eventually closed in 2000. Larry collected various promotional materials, film stills, and other materials related to the history, production, and screening of Cinerama films. As of 2022, Karstens was a resident of Omaha, Nebraska.


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Custodial History

Collected by Larry Karstens and donated in 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Larry Karstens; 2022.


Collections which document or demonstrate the development of mass media in the United States (Media Arts History collection development policy IV-a-i-5, August 2018).

Related Materials

David Strohmaier collection on Cinerama (MSS 8924).

Processing Information

Processed; Austen Hunsaker; November 2023.

Larry Karstens collection on Cinerama
In Progress
2023 November 3
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States