Omnivision, Inc.

Omnivision, Inc., was a company that was incorporated in Sarasota, Florida, from 1976 until 1994. Omnivision existed as a subsidiary of Omni Films International, Inc., a successor company to Omnivision. The successor company existed until 1994, when the company was purchased by Iwerks Entertainment, Inc., of Burbank, California.

Cinema 180 history

Fred Hollingsworth III began developing a 70mm film system to be projected onto dome screens in 1974. It was based off developments of a widescreen film process called Cinerama, which debuted in 1952. In 1964, a 360 degree version of Cinerama debuted at the World’s Fair in New York.

Photo of Fred Hollingsworth printed in The Tampa Tribune, April 21, 1989, on page 8-D.

This kind of theater was the first such theater to exist for amusement parks. Known as Cinema 180, it was called this because 70mm film was projected onto a 180 degree dome screen. A comparison to this would be IMAX theaters – of course, IMAX was a competitor to the Cinema 180. While IMAX predated Cinema 180, IMAX only started trying to get into the amusement park business because Cinema 180 began opening up theaters in parks.

Such parks included Kennywood Park and Hersheypark – which named theirs Cinema Vision.

Below is a video which provides more detail on the Cinema 180 theaters which appeared at various places around the world.

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