Cinerama's production of "How the West Was Won" is an epic story of an era.
The picture's premiere showing in Salt Lake City, at the Villa Theater, 3092 Highland Dr., is sponsored jointly by The Utah Society for Crippled Children and Adults and the Governor's Committee for the Employment of the Physically Handicapped.
"How the West Was Won" not only will provide Utah movie-goers fine entertainment but also financial support for two agencies serving physically handicapped persons.
The first Salt Lake showing will be at the Villa Theater on Thursday, April 11.
Chairman of the ticket sales compaign will be Abe Guss, 450 E. 5600 South, an official of the Granite Meat Co. He also is president of the Utah Society for Crippled Children and Adults.
He will be assisted by Don M. Christensen, co-chairman, also a member of the board of directors of the society. The ticket sales compaign will be assisted by members of the Governor's Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped.
Hailed As Great
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Cinerama, Inc. have hailed the motion picture as one of the most outstanding films ever made.
Filming with the special Cinerama cameras took more than a year on locations in Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona, California and Oregon.
With a cast of hundreds, the scenes of the film include a mighty buffalo stampede, a raft being torn apart by a raging river, an authentic train wreck and Indian tribes on the warpath.
The story is portrayed by such stars as Eli Wallach, Andy Devine, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Thelma Ritter, Robert Preston, Walter Brennan, John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, Henry Fonda, Carroll Baker, James Stewart and many others.
Mr. Guss said tickets for the premiere are of the souvenir varity, large and gold embossed with a background picture of the movie's buffalo stampede.
The tickets can be obtained at the office of the Utah Society for Crippled Children and Adults at 560 S. West Temple. Requests may be sent by mail or by phone and the tickets for the premiere will be returned, along with a statement of costs, by mail, Mr. Guss said.
In addition, many Salt Lake businessmen and civic organizations will be contacted by members of both sponsoring organizations.
Tickets also may be purchased at the Villa Theater box office.