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70mm Cinemas and 70mm Films in San Diego, USA

All 70mm film lists
Compiled by: Michael Coate and William KallayDate: November 1, 2003
Part 1: "The Cinemas"

The list below includes the names of the commercial motion picture theatres equipped for 70-millimeter (5-perf wide gauge) film presentation in the San Diego, California, USA region. What follows the theatre list is a year-by-year summary of the films exhibited in 70mm format in those theatres. Note that the list of theatres is not a listing of venues currently in operation that have 70mm presentation capability. Instead, this is a historical list which documents those theatres with 70mm capability at one time or another from the introduction of Todd-AO in 1955 to the present. Many of the theatres listed are closed or have been demolished. Many, however, are currently in operation and may still have 70mm projection capability. The theatres have been identified sans owner/chain/circuit, and are arranged alphabetically based on city, community or recognized place. The owners, however, have been identified in the film list based on the time of the engagement.

CARLSBAD
Plaza Camino Real

CHULA VISTA
Chula Vista

EL CAJON
Parkway Plaza / Cinema 3 / El Cajon 3

ESCONDIDO
Carousel 6
Movies / Del Norte Plaza

LA MESA
Cinema Grossmont
Grossmont Mall

NATIONAL CITY
Pacific 6 / Sweetwater 6

SAN DIEGO
California
Capri
Cinerama
Cinerama 6
College
Fox
The Grove
Loma
Midway Drive-In
Movies 6 / Glasshouse 6
Movies 7 / Horton Plaza
Pacific Drive-In
Rancho Drive-In

SAN DIEGO (Clairemont)
Clairemont

SAN DIEGO (Del Mar)
Flower Hill

SAN DIEGO (La Jolla)
La Jolla Village

SAN DIEGO (Mission Valley)
Center
Cinema 21
Hazard Center 7
Valley Circle

SAN DIEGO (University City)
University Towne Center
Further in 70mm reading:



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Part 2: "The Films"

 
1957

August 2:
Around The World In Eighty Days
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Capri

Includes Southwest International Premiere on August 1

1958

July 2:
South Pacific
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on July 1 

1959

March 20:
Sleeping Beauty
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Capri


October 22:
The Big Fisherman
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Capri


December 25:
Solomon And Sheba
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Fox


December 31:
Porgy And Bess
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement underneath "Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo"

San Diego: Capri

1960

June 1:
Can-Can
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Loma


June 17:
Ben-Hur
MGM Camera 65 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on June 16

1961

May 25:
Exodus
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on May 24


August 10:
Spartacus
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement
Additional 70mm engagements:
San Diego: Midway Drive-In (May 23, 1962)
San Diego: Rancho Drive-In (May 23, 1962)

San Diego: Capri*

Expanded 70mm General Release on May 23, 1962:
San Diego: Midway Drive-In
San Diego: Rancho Drive-In

*Includes San Diego area Premiere on August 9

1962

January 12:
King Of Kings
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: NGC California

Additional 70mm engagement:
San Diego: Midway Drive-In (April 11)


March 15:
West Side Story
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on March 14


March 21:
Oklahoma! (Re-Issue)
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Fox

Additional 70mm engagement:
San Diego: Midway Drive-In (April 25)

Original release in 35mm - first San Diego engagement in 70mm


May 4:
El Cid
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Fox

1963

March 1:
Mutiny On The Bounty
Ultra Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Statewide Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on February 28


March 6:
Madame
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: NGC California
San Diego: Rancho Drive-In


March 27:
Lawrence Of Arabia
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Loma

Also see 1989 re-issue entry


June 27:
Cleopatra
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Statewide Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on June 26


July 20:
55 Days At Peking
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Statewide Cinema 21

Includes San Diego area Premiere on July 19

1964

April 23:
It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Ultra Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Cinerama

Includes San Diego area Premiere on April 22


June 13:
The Fall Of The Roman Empire
Ultra Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Statewide Capri

Includes San Diego area Premieres on June 11 & 12


June 19:
Becket
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Fox Loma

Includes San Diego area Premiere on June 18

1965

February 17:
Circus World
Super Technirama 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Center


February 20:
My Fair Lady
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Statewide Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on February 19

Also see 1971 re-issue entry


April 1:
The Sound Of Music
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Fox Loma


Includes San Diego area Premiere on March 31

Engagement ran 133 weeks - a San Diego film exhibition record that still stands

Also see 1973 & 1978 re-issue entries


April 13:
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Ultra Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Center

Additional 70mm engagement:
San Diego: Cinerama (Aug 4)


June 30:
Lord Jim
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo

Clairemont: Stanley-Warner Clairemont

Includes San Diego area Premiere on June 29


July 27:
The Hallelujah Trail
Ultra Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Center


August 5:
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

La Mesa: Statewide Cinema Grossmont

Includes San Diego area Premiere on August 4


October 27:
Mediterranean Holiday
MCS Superpanorama 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo

Mission Valley: Center


December 22:
Battle Of The Bulge
Ultra Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Center


December 23:
The Agony And The Ecstasy
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Statewide Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on December 22


1966


April 1:
Doctor Zhivago
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Includes San Diego area Premiere on March 31


May 11:
Cinerama's Russian Adventure
Kinopanorama / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Pacific's Center


June 24:
Khartoum
Ultra Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Pacific's Center

Includes San Diego area Premiere on June 23


June 30:
The Blue Max
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Statewide Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on June 29

.

October 27:
The Bible: In The Beginning...
Dimension-150 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Statewide Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on October 26


December 21:
Is Paris Burning?
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Statewide Cinema 21

1967

February 10:
The Sand Pebbles
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Statewide Cinema 21

Includes San Diego area Premiere on February 9


February 15:
Hawaii
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Includes San Diego area Premiere on February 14


February 22:
Grand Prix
Super Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Pacific's Center

Includes San Diego area Premiere on February 21

Also see 1971 entry


July 21:
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on July 20


October 26:
Gone With The Wind (Re-Issue)
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Pacific's Center

Includes San Diego area Premiere on October 25


December 22:
Camelot
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Includes San Diego area Premiere on December 21

1968

February 15:
Doctor Dolittle
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: NGC Cinema 21


May 29:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Super Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Pacific's Center

Includes San Diego area Premiere on May 28

Also see 1971, 1974 & 1981 entries


November 7:
Finian's Rainbow
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Includes San Diego area Premiere on November 6


December 19:
Star!
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: NGC Loma

Includes San Diego area Premiere on December 18


December 20:
Funny Girl
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Capri

Includes San Diego area Premiere on December 19


December 21:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: NGC Valley Circle

Includes San Diego area Premiere on December 20

1969

February 21:
The Shoes Of The Fisherman
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Includes San Diego area Premiere on February 20


March 27:
Oliver!
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: NGC Valley Circle

Includes San Diego area Premiere on March 26


April 2:
Ice Station Zebra
Super Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Pacific's Center


May 16:
Sweet Charity
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Includes San Diego area Premiere on May 15


June 26:
Krakatoa, East Of Java
Uncredited 65mm / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Pacific's Center

Includes San Diego area Premiere on June 25


December 18:
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Includes San Diego area Premiere on December 17


December 21:
Hello, Dolly!
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: College

Includes San Diego area Premiere on December 20


December 25:
Paint Your Wagon
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: NGC Cinema 21

1970

March 12:
Patton
Dimension-150 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: Pacific's Center

Includes San Diego area Premiere on March 11


June 26:
Darling Lili
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama


July 1:
Airport
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo

Mission Valley: Pacific's Center


October 8:
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: NGC Loma

Includes San Diego area Premiere on October 7


December 25:
Song Of Norway
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: Capri 

1971

February 10:
Ryan's Daughter
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo

Mission Valley: Pacific's Center


February 19:
My Fair Lady (Re-Issue)
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Also see 1965 entry


August 4:
2001: A Space Odyssey / Grand Prix
(Return Engagement Double Feature)
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo

Mission Valley: NGC Valley Circle

Also see 1967, 1968, 1974 & 1981 entries


December 19:
Fiddler On The Roof
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: NGC Loma

Includes Benefit screenings on December 14,15,16,17 & 18

1972

March 15:
Nicholas And Alexandra
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Mission Valley: NGC Valley Circle


December 14:
Man Of La Mancha
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

San Diego: NGC Loma


December 22:
Deliverance
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama 

1973

March 16:
The Sound Of Music (Re-Issue)
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo

Mission Valley: NGC Valley Circle

Also see 1965 & 1978 entries

.

July 18:
Tom Sawyer
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle


August 17:
This Is Cinerama (Re-Issue)
Cinerama / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

1974

July 17:
That's Entertainment!
Various Formats / Six-Track Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle

Additional 70mm engagement:
San Diego: Capri (Nov 20)


August 21:
2001: A Space Odyssey (Re-Issue)
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Also see 1968, 1971 & 1981 entries 

1975

July 16:
Rollerball
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama


July 30:
The Wind And The Lion
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont 

1976

June 16:
That's Entertainment, Part II
Various Formats / Six-Track Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle 


June 23:
Logan's Run
Anamorphic Blow-Up

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont* 
San Diego: Pacific's Drive-In**

* Six-Track Stereo
** Mono


September 22:
The Return Of A Man Called Horse
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont 

1977

December 14:
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21

Additional 70mm engagement:
El Cajon: UA Parkway Plaza (March 17, 1978)

Also see 1981 re-issue entry

1978

February 10:
Star Wars
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle

Originally released May 25, 1977 in 35mm

Also see re-issue entry this year


July 21:
Star Wars (Re-Issue)
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

El Cajon: UA Parkway Plaza


August 25:
The Sound Of Music (Re-Issue)
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Mann Loma

Also see 1965 & 1973 entries


December 15:
Superman
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21

Not advertised in 70mm until Dec 22

1979

February 23:
Days Of Heaven
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle

Also see 1981 entry


March 28:
The Deer Hunter
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont


November 2:
Sleeping Beauty (Re-Issue)
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Mann Loma

Also see 1959 & 1981 entries


December 21:
The Rose
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

1980

May 21:
The Empire Strikes Back
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Also see 1981 re-issue entry


June 13:
The Island
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Mann Loma

Includes 70mm Sneak Preview screening on April 12


July 11:
The Blue Lagoon
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo

San Diego: Mann Loma

.

August 1:
Raise The Titanic
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle


September 26:
Divine Madness
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Mann Loma

1981

February 6:
Altered States
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Additional 70mm engagement:
La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont (April 10)

Includes 70mm Sneak Preview screening on January 30 (Cinema Grossmont)


May 22:
Outland
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle

Additional 70mm engagement:
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6 (July 17)


May 22:
Sleeping Beauty* / The Black Hole**
(Double Feature Re-Issue)

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

*Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo
**Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Original 1979 release of "The Black Hole" in 35mm - first San Diego 70mm engagement

Also see 1959 & 1979 "Sleeping Beauty" entries


May 29:
Apocalypse Now (Return Engagement)
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

Original 1979 release in 35mm - first San Diego 70mm engagement


May 29:
Days Of Heaven (Return Engagement)
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village

Also see 1979 entry


June 5:
Dersu Uzala
Sovscope 70 / Six-Track Stereo

La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village


June 6:
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind 
("The Special Edition" Re-Issue)
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

Also see 1977 entry


June 12:
Raiders Of The Lost Ark 
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

Includes "Happy 1st Birthday" screening on June 11, 1982 with producer Frank Marshall presiding over a 5' x 8' cake ceremony

Also see 1983 re-issue entry


July 31:
The Empire Strikes Back (Re-Issue)
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6

Also see 1980 entry


December 4:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture* / 2001: A Space Odyssey**
(Return Engagement Double Feature)

San Diego: Mann Loma

*Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo
**Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo

Original 1979 release of "Star Trek" in 35mm - first San Diego 70mm engagement (and rare U.S. 70mm screening)

1982

March 12:
Quest For Fire
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Expanded release on May 14:
La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6


June 4:
Poltergeist
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle


June 4:
Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama

Additional 70mm engagements:
El Cajon: UA Parkway Plaza (July 30)
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6 (Aug 6)


June 11:
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Mann Loma


June 18:
Annie
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21

Additional 70mm engagement:
La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village* (Sept 10)

*Double Feature with "The Jazz Singer"


July 9:
Tron
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

El Cajon: UA Parkway Plaza
La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6

Additional 70mm engagement:
San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama (May 20, 1983)


September 10:
The Jazz Singer*
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village

*Double Feature with "Annie"

Original release in 35mm - first San Diego engagement in 70mm


September 17:
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

1983


January 21:
Gandhi
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont


February 11:
Let's Spend The Night Together
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6


March 25:
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Re-Issue)
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle

Also see 1981 entry


May 13:
Blue Thunder
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


May 25:
Return Of The Jedi
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

El Cajon: UA El Cajon 3
La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village
National City: Pacific's Pacific 6*
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6

*On two screens - separate 70mm engagements

Also see 1985 re-issue entry


June 3:
WarGames
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama*

Additional 70mm engagements:
National City: Pacific's Sweetwater 6 (Sept 30)
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6 (Sept 30)

*Not advertised in 70mm consistently throughout engagement


June 10:
Octopussy
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

Not advertised in 70mm consistently throughout engagement


July 15:
Staying Alive
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


July 29:
Krull
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle


September 30:
Brainstorm
Super Panavision 70 & Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama


October 21:
The Right Stuff
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont*

Additional 70mm engagement:
San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama (Sept 14, 1984)

*Includes 70mm Sneak Preview screening on Oct 15

1984

May 23:
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village
La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont
San Diego: Mann Loma*

*Includes Invitational Benefit screening on May 22


June 1:
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Del Mar: AIT Flower Hill
Escondido: AIT Carousel 6
National City: Pacific's Sweetwater 6
San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama


September 19:
Amadeus
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama (Sept 19 - Dec 4)

Additional 70mm engagements:
La Mesa: Pacific's Grossmont Mall (Dec 5 - Mar 28, 1985)
San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama (July 3, 1985)
La Mesa: Pacific's Grossmont Mall (Sept 6, 1985)


December 7:
2010
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle

1985

March 29:
Return Of The Jedi (Re-Issue)
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

El Cajon: UA Parkway Plaza
La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village
National City: Pacific's Sweetwater 6
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6

Also see 1983 entry


June 21:
Cocoon
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Escondido: AIT Carousel 6
La Jolla: Pacific's La Jolla Village
National City: Pacific's Sweetwater 6
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6


June 21:
Return To Oz
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


July 10:
Silverado
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


July 24:
The Black Cauldron
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle

Includes 70mm Sneak Preview screening on July 19 (Loma)


November 22:
American Flyers
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Mann Loma


November 27:
Rocky IV
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


December 4:
Young Sherlock Holmes
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

National City: Pacific's Sweetwater 6
San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama
San Diego: Mann Loma


December 6:
White Nights
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle


December 20:
A Chorus Line
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont


December 20:
Out Of Africa
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

National City: Pacific's Sweetwater 6 

1986

May 16:
Top Gun
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Pacific's Cinerama
San Diego: Mann Loma


July 18:
Aliens
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

El Cajon: UA Parkway Plaza
National City: Pacific's Sweetwater 6
San Diego: UA Glasshouse 6
San Diego: UA Horton Plaza


August 1:
Howard The Duck
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


October 17:
The Color Of Money
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle


November 26:
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Carlsbad: SoCal's Plaza Camino Real
La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont*
San Diego: UA Horton Plaza
San Diego: Mann Loma

Additional 70mm engagement:
Escondido: UA Movies (Jan 16, 1987)

*Includes Invitational Preview on Nov 25


December 25:
The Mission
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle

1987

June 3:
The Untouchables
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Carlsbad: SoCal's Plaza Camino Real
La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

.

July 1:
Innerspace
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle


August 5:
Stakeout
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


December 9:
The Last Emperor
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


December 11:
Empire Of The Sun
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle 

1988

January 15:
Good Morning, Vietnam
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont


February 12:
Shoot To Kill
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Carlsbad: SoCal's Plaza Camino Real


May 20:
Willow
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


June 10:
The Presidio
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont


June 22:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21 

1989

March 17:
Lawrence Of Arabia (Re-Issue)
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21

Additional 70mm engagement:
Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle (June 9)

Also see 1963 entry


May 24:
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Carlsbad: SoCal's Plaza Camino Real
La Mesa: Pacific's Grossmont Mall
National City: Pacific's Sweetwater 6
San Diego: Mann 9 At The Grove


June 9:
Dead Poets Society
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21

Includes 70mm Sneak Preview screening on June 3


June 9:
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont


June 23:
Batman
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: Mann 9 At The Grove
San Diego: UA Horton Plaza

Includes 70mm Sneak Preview screenings on June 22


August 9:
The Abyss
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

San Diego: UA Horton Plaza

Additional 70mm engagement:
San Diego: Mann 9 At The Grove (Sept 15)


August 18:
Casualties Of War
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


November 17:
The Little Mermaid
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21 

1990

January 12:
Glory
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

Additional 70mm engagement:
La Mesa: Pacific's Grossmont Mall (March 2)


March 2:
The Hunt For Red October
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Cinema Grossmont

Includes Invitational screening on March 1


May 25:
Fire Birds
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21

Unconfirmed 70mm engagement - advertised in 70mm first week only


June 15:
Dick Tracy
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Carlsbad: SoCal's Plaza Camino Real
Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21
San Diego: Mann 9 At The Grove


July 18:
Arachnophobia
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle


October 5:
Fantasia (Re-Issue)
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21

Additional 70mm engagement:
Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle (May 24, 1991)

.

December 25:
The Godfather Part III
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21

1991

June 21:
The Rocketeer
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21


November 22:
Beauty And The Beast
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Cinema 21

1992

May 22:
Far And Away
Panavision Super 70 / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Grossmont Mall

Includes 70mm Sneak Preview screening on May 16


June 5:
Patriot Games
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle


December 25:
Hoffa
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Grossmont Mall
Mission Valley: Mann Hazard Center 7

1993

June 18:
Cliffhanger
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

La Mesa: Pacific's Grossmont Mall

Originally opened May 28 in 35mm


June 18:
Last Action Hero
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Chula Vista: UA Chula Vista
Mission Valley: Mann Valley Circle

Includes 70mm Sneak Preview screenings on June 17
 
 

Notes

 
The information contained in this article and historical film list has been principally sourced from newspaper advertisements appearing in:

The San Diego Union (1955 - 1992)
The San Diego Union-Tribune (1992 - Present)

Any inaccuracies or inconsistencies in the ads may have been carried over into this work, and the authors/compilers accept no responsibility for such errors.

In addition, selected data has been sourced from the following:

Coate, Michael and William Kallay. "Presented In 70mm," Widescreen Review Presents The Ultimate Widescreen DVD Movie Guide. Volume 1, Number 1, 2001.

"Dolby Stereo Equipped Theatres." Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Selected Issues 1977 -1987.

Hayes, R. Michael. "Roadshow Movies: A Review Of Disc Versions Of Hard Ticket Features." Widescreen Review Presents Laser Magic 1998. 1998.


SPECIAL THANKS
Paul Linfesty
 
 
 
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