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Showcase Presentations in Philadelphia:
A History of Large Format and Roadshow Exhibition, 1953-Present

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The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate & Vince YoungDate: 10.03.2017
The Boyd (aka SamEric) Theater. Illustration by Davis Cone.

A work in progress….

Part 1: The Cinemas

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Boyd / SamEric
Cheltenham
Cinema 19 / Sam’s Place
Eric’s Place (see: Trans-Lux)
Fox
Goldman
Leo
Mark I
Midtown
Olde City
Orleans
Parkwood / Parkwood Manor
Pilgrim Gardens
Randolph
Regency
Riverview Plaza
SamEric (see: Boyd)
Sam’s Place (see: Cinema 19)
Stanley
309
Trans-Lux / Eric’s Place

BENSALEM, PA
Neshaminy 24
Premiere

CHERRY HILL, NJ
Cherry Hill 24

CLAYMONT, DE
Eric Tri-State Mall

CONCORDVILLE, PA
Eric

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA
Eric
Eric Penn Jersey

FEASTERVILLE, PA
Eric

HAMILTON, NJ
Hamilton 24

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA
Eric
King of Prussia
Plaza

LAWNSIDE, NJ
White Horse Pike Drive-In

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ
Eric

LEVITTOWN, PA
Fox

MEDIA, PA
Granite Run

MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA
Eric

MOORESTOWN, NJ
Plaza

PENNSAUKEN, NJ
Eric

PRINCETON, NJ
Market Fair

WILLINGBORO, NJ
Fox
 
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Part 2: The Engagements

 
The (majority of the) titles cited in this section were presented in 70-millimeter and with some flavor of stereophonic sound (typically six-track). Other large format processes (i.e. Cinerama, VistaVision, etc.) are noted in brackets where applicable. The Cinerama-branded 70mm presentations during the 1963-69 period are noted as “Cinerama” (with an emphasis on the quotation marks to signify that it wasn’t the original, genuine 3-panel Cinerama process). Details pertaining to origination format (i.e. 65mm or 35mm blow-up) have not been addressed since the listing is meant to be an exhibition-based chronology.

The “roadshows” have been listed with an asterisk following the applicable titles. These were reserved-seat engagements with advanced pricing and limited, scheduled showtimes (typically ten-per-week or two-a-day). Souvenir programs were usually sold and often the presentations included an overture, intermission, entr’acte, and exit music. Despite a popular misconception, many of the roadshows were screened in a 35mm presentation (rather than in 70mm) and effort has been made to identify these with a “35mm” notation or “format undetermined” whenever the projection process could not be determined or was vaguely or ambiguously addressed in promotional material. Pre-1953 roadshows have not been addressed in this work.

The duration of the engagements, measured in weeks, is included in parenthesis after each entry.

IMAX and other special venue presentations have not been included (though they might be added in a future revision).

m/o = a move-over engagement (i.e. a continuation of a booking from another theater)

1953-09-24 … THE ROBE* … Fox (reserved seats for premiere screening only) [35mm]
1953-10-05 … THIS IS CINERAMA* … Boyd (72 weeks) [Cinerama]

1955-02-16 … CINERAMA HOLIDAY* … Boyd (63) [Cinerama]
1955-05-05 … STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND … Stanley (4) [VistaVision 8-perf horizontal]
1955-06-16 … THE FAR HORIZONS … Stanley (1) [VistaVision 8-perf horizontal]

1956-03-07 … CAROUSEL … Fox (8) [35mm w/ interlocked 6-track stereo]
1956-04-24 … SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD* … Boyd (68) [Cinerama]
1956-07-12 … THE KING AND I … Fox (11) [35mm w/ interlocked 6-track stereo]
1956-08-29 … OKLAHOMA!* … Midtown (17)
1956-11-20 … THE TEN COMMANDMENTS* … Randolph (31) [35mm]
1956-12-27 … AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS* … Midtown (53)

1957-01-21 … THRILLARAMA … Fox (1) [Thrillarama]
1957-10-02 … SEARCH FOR PARADISE* … Boyd (21) [Cinerama]

1958-03-26 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Midtown (46)
1958-06-25 … GIGI* … Boyd (17) [35mm]
1958-10-29 … WINDJAMMER* … Boyd (16) [Cinerama]
1958-11-09 … THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA* … Goldman (6) [35mm]

1959-02-17 … SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE* … Boyd (35) [Cinerama]
1959-03-18 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Goldman (7)
1959-05-13 … THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK* … Midtown (6) [35mm]
1959-09-30 … THE BIG FISHERMAN* … Midtown (7)
1959-10-07 … PORGY AND BESS* … Goldman (15)
1959-11-24 … BEN-HUR* … Boyd (62)
1959-12-25 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Fox (9)

1960-05-03 … CAN-CAN* … Midtown (25)
1960-10-12 … WINDJAMMER* … Keswick (10) [Cinemiracle]
1960-10-26 … THE ALAMO* … Midtown (13)
1960-11-02 … SPARTACUS* … Goldman (23)
1960-12-30 … CIMARRON* … Stanton (7) [35mm]

1961-02-01 … EXODUS* … Boyd (24)
1961-07-19 … LA DOLCE VITA* … Boyd (13) [35mm]
1961-08-09 … SPARTACUS … Midtown (7)
1961-09-27 … THE KING AND I … Midtown (2)
1961-10-25 … SPARTACUS … Cheltenham (5)
1961-10-26 … KING OF KINGS* … Boyd (17)
1961-11-07 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Midtown (52)
1961-12-20 … EL CID* … Goldman (22)

1962-02-21 … JUDGMENT AT NUREMBURG* … Boyd (17) [35mm]
1962-03-21 … OKLAHOMA! … Cheltenham (3)
1962-04-18 … OKLAHOMA! … Fox Levittown (1)
1962-06-27 … KING OF KINGS … Cheltenham (1)
1962-08-08 … THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM* … Boyd (30) [Cinerama]
1962-10-10 … THE LONGEST DAY* … Goldman (30) [35mm]
1962-11-15 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Stanley (22)
1962-12-21 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Midtown (40)

1963-03-07 … HOW THE WEST WAS WON* … Boyd (39) [Cinerama]
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Stanley (41)
1963-07-17 … 55 DAYS AT PEKING … Orleans (2)
1963-07-31 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY … Orleans (3)
1963-10-09 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Cheltenham (3)
1963-10-30 … OKLAHOMA! … Orleans (1)
1963-12-19 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Boyd (27) [“Cinerama”]

1964-01-23 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY … Trent (engagement canceled) [Wonderama]
1964-04-01 … WEST SIDE STORY … Cheltenham (1)
1964-04-08 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE* … Stanley (11)
1964-05-27 … WEST SIDE STORY … White Horse Pike Drive-In (1)
1964-06-03 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … White Horse Pike Drive-In (1)
1964-06-17 … BECKET* … Cheltenham (10) [35mm]
1964-06-17 … SPARTACUS … Orleans (1)
1964-06-25 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Boyd (9) [“Cinerama”]
1964-07-03 … THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN … Stanley (8)
1964-07-29 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … Orleans (3)
1964-08-05 … THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN … Plaza Moorestown (3)
1964-08-19 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … White Horse Pike Drive-In (2)
1964-08-26 … BECKET … Boyd (8)
1964-08-26 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE … Plaza Moorestown (3)
1964-09-23 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE / ZULU … White Horse Pike Drive-In (1)
1964-09-30 … BECKET … Eric Fairless Hills (3)
1964-10-14 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE … Cheltenham (1)
1964-10-14 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE … Parkwood (1)
1964-10-28 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY … Cheltenham (1)
1964-10-28 … MY FAIR LADY* … Stanley (53)
1964-11-18 … BECKET … Eric King (1)
1964-11-18 … BECKET … Plaza Moorestown (2)
1964-12-02 … WEST SIDE STORY … Parkwood (1)
1964-12-09 … WEST SIDE STORY … Plaza Moorestown (1)
1964-12-16 … WEST SIDE STORY … Orleans (1)

1965-03-09 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Boyd (20) [“Cinerama”]
1965-03-17 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Midtown (93)
1965-05-12 … CHEYENNE AUTUMN … White Horse Pike Drive-In (3)
1965-05-26 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … Plaza Moorestown
1965-06-02 … CLEOPATRA … Cheltenham (1)
1965-06-09 … CHEYENNE AUTUMN … Orleans (1)
1965-06-09 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … Plaza King of Prussia (1)
1965-06-09 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Leo (1)
1965-06-30 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Trans-Lux (19) [35mm]
1965-07-27 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Boyd (8) [“Cinerama”]
1965-09-22 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY … Boyd (4) [“Cinerama”]
1965-11-10 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Goldman (16)
1965-12-22 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Boyd (11) [“Cinerama”]

1966-03-09 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Boyd (49)
1966-03-30 … MY FAIR LADY … Leo (3)
1966-07-27 … THE BLUE MAX* … Goldman (15) [35mm]
1966-08-31 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Eric Fairless Hills (28)
1966-09-28 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD … Orleans (1)
1966-10-07 … OKLAHOMA! … Stanley (3)
1966-10-14 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES … Eric King (1)
1966-10-25 … HAWAII* … Stanley (28) [format undetermined]
1966-11-09 … OKLAHOMA! … Cheltenham (1)
1966-11-09 … OKLAHOMA! … Orleans (1)
1966-11-09 … OKLAHOMA! … Plaza King of Prussia (1)
1966-11-10 … IS PARIS BURNING?* … Goldman (8)
1966-12-14 … ZULU … Eric King (1)

1967-01-26 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Cheltenham (25) [35mm]
1967-02-01 … GRAND PRIX* … Randolph (37) [“Cinerama”]
1967-02-16 … THE BIBLE* … Boyd (22)
1967-03-14 … ULYSSES* … Town Hall (3 days) [35mm]
1967-03-15 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Eric Fairless Hills (6)
1967-03-15 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Eric King (8)
1967-03-15 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Orleans (10)
1967-03-15 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Plaza Moorestown (8)
1967-03-15 … THE TAMING OF THE SHREW* … Midtown (13) [35mm]
1967-05-10 … THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE* … Stanley (26) [35mm]
1967-07-19 … ULYSSES* … Boyd (13) [35mm]
1967-10-18 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Randolph (31)
1967-10-20 … THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE* … Boyd (13) [35mm]
1967-10-25 … GRAND PRIX … Eric Fairless Hills (2)
1967-10-25 … GRAND PRIX … Orleans (3)
1967-10-25 … GRAND PRIX … White Horse Pike Drive-In (3)
1967-11-01 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Midtown (11)
1967-11-09 … CAMELOT* … Stanley (33)

1968-01-24 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Boyd (29)
1968-03-06 … HALF A SIXPENCE* … Midtown (8) [35mm]
1968-03-13 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD … Eric Penn Jersey (4)
1968-05-22 … 2001: A Space Odyssey* … Randolph (30) [“Cinerama”]
1968-05-22 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Midtown m/o (10 [41])
1968-10-03 … FUNNY GIRL* … Goldman (60)
1968-10-23 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Stanley (16)
1968-11-03 … THE LION IN WINTER* … Theatre 1812 (39) [35mm]
1968-11-06 … STAR!* … Boyd (14)
1968-12-18 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Eric Fairless Hills (8)
1968-12-18 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Orleans (8)
1968-12-18 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Randolph (10) [“Cinerama”]
1968-12-18 … OLIVER!* … Midtown (42)
1968-12-19 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Cinema 19 (13)

1969-02-12 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cheltenham (4)
1969-02-12 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Fox Willingboro (4)
1969-02-12 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Plaza King of Prussia (4)
1969-02-12 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Plaza Moorestown (4)
1969-02-12 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Orleans (4)
1969-02-21 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Stanley (2)
1969-02-26 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Randolph (8)
1969-03-19 … SWEET CHARITY* … Stanley (16)
1969-03-26 … WHERE EAGLES DARE … Fox (6)
1969-06-25 … BEN-HUR* … Boyd (9)
1969-06-25 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW … Eric Fairless Hills (2)
1969-06-25 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW … Orleans (3)
1969-06-25 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW … Premiere (3)
1969-07-23 … CLEOPATRA … Randolph (1)
1969-07-29 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Stanley (4)
1969-07-30 … ICE STATION ZEBRA … Plaza King of Prussia (1)
1969-08-06 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Penn Jersey (1)
1969-09-10 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Premiere (1)
1969-10-15 … SWEET CHARITY … Plaza King of Prussia (2)
1969-10-15 … SWEET CHARITY … Plaza Moorestown (2)
1969-10-22 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Premiere (1)
1969-10-29 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Randolph (13)
1969-11-05 … SWEET CHARITY … Plaza Moorestown (2)
1969-11-12 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Boyd (18)

1970-03-11 … PATTON* … Goldman (14)
1970-03-18 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS … Eric Penn Jersey (2)
1970-03-25 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Randolph (28)
1970-04-22 … AIRPORT … Boyd (15)
1970-04-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cheltenham (4)
1970-04-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Fairless Hills (2)
1970-06-17 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Plaza King of Prussia (1)
1970-07-08 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Orleans (1)
1970-07-15 … PATTON … Orleans (4)
1970-08-12 … AIRPORT … Plaza Moorestown (9)
1970-10-07 … TORA! TORA! TORA!* … Randolph (13)
1970-11-11 … HELLO, DOLLY! … Orleans (6)
1970-11-11 … HELLO, DOLLY! … Plaza King of Prussia (6)
1970-11-11 … HELLO, DOLLY! … Premiere (6)
1970-12-16 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Plaza Moorestown (1)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Mark I (17)

1971-02-03 … TORA! TORA! TORA! … Eric Fairless Hills (3)
1971-02-03 … TORA! TORA! TORA! … Orleans (3)
1971-02-10 … MY FAIR LADY … Goldman (4)
1971-04-02 … MY FAIR LADY … Orleans (1)
1971-04-09 … MY FAIR LADY … Parkwood Manor (1)
1971-12-14 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … SamEric (27) [format undetermined]

1972-02-02 … NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA* … Midtown (16) [35mm]
1972-03-29 … THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH … Regency (4)
1972-06-21 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF … Mark I m/o (14 [41]) [format undetermined]
1972-12-13 … YOUNG WINSTON* … Midtown (9) [35mm]
1972-12-14 … MAN OF LA MANCHA*… Pennsauken (10) [format undetermined]
1972-12-14 … MAN OF LA MANCHA*… SamEric (16) [format undetermined]

1973-03-28 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Fox (8)
1973-04-25 … LAST TANGO IN PARIS* … Eric Rittenhouse Square (23) [35mm]

1974-06-26 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! … SamEric (13)
1974-08-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Fairless Hills (4)
1974-08-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric King (5)
1974-08-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Pennsauken (5)
1974-08-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Tri-State Mall (4)
1974-08-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Mark I (6)
1974-09-25 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Plaza Moorestown (2)

1975-06-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND … SamEric (1)
1975-06-25 … THE WIND AND THE LION … Mark I (7)
1975-07-02 … ROLLERBALL … SamEric (10)
1975-09-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Fairless Hills (2)
1975-09-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric King (2)
1975-09-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Lawrenceville (2)
1975-09-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Pennsauken (2)
1975-09-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Tri-State Mall (2)
1975-09-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … SamEric (2)
1975-09-24 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Eric Fairless Hills (2)
1975-09-24 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Eric King (3)
1975-09-24 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Eric Lawrenceville (3)
1975-09-24 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Eric Pennsauken (2)
1975-09-24 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Eric Tri-State Mall (3)
1975-09-24 … GONE WITH THE WIND … SamEric (2)

1976-06-18 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT, PART 2 … Mark I (6)
1976-06-23 … LOGAN’S RUN … SamEric (6)
1976-08-04 … LOGAN’S RUN / ROLLERBALL … SamEric (1)
1976-10-13 … THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE … Eric King (1)
1976-10-13 … THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE … Mark I (2)
1976-10-20 … THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE … Eric Pennsauken (1)

1977-11-04 … STAR WARS … Mark I (37)
1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … SamEric (22)

1978-06-02 … CAPRICORN ONE … Fox (5)
1978-07-21 … STAR WARS … Midtown (2)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Eric Fairless Hills (10)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Eric King (12)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Eric Lawrenceville (10)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Eric Montgomeryville (13)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Eric Pennsauken (18)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Eric Tri-State Mall (12)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Eric’s Place (21)
1979-06-27 … THE EXORCIST … Parkwood Manor (1)
1979-07-25 … SUPERMAN … Parkwood Manor (2)
1979-08-15 … STAR WARS … Fox (2)
1979-08-18 … DULHAN WAHI JO PIYA MAN BHAAYE … Nesbitt Hall, Drexel University (2 days)
1979-09-26 … SUPERMAN … Parkwood Manor (1)
1979-11-02 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Eric Feasterville (7)
1979-11-02 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Eric King (7)
1979-11-02 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Eric Lawrenceville (6)
1979-11-02 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Eric Montgomeryville (7)
1979-11-02 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Eric Pennsauken (7)
1979-11-02 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Eric Tri-State Mall (6)
1979-11-02 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Mark I (8)
1979-11-08 … THE ROSE … SamEric (14)
1979-12-21 … THE BLACK HOLE … Midtown (8)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Eric Lawrenceville (20)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Eric Plaza King of Prussia (20)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Eric Plaza Moorestown (22)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Eric Tri-State Mall (30)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Premiere (30)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … SamEric (30)
1980-08-01 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND The Special Edition … Sam’s Place (3)
1980-09-26 … DIVINE MADNESS … Eric’s Place (5)

1981-01-16 … ALTERED STATES … Regency (sneak preview screening)
1981-01-23 … ALTERED STATES … Regency (9) [Megasound]
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Regency (7) [Megasound]
1981-06-12 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … SamEric (20)
1981-07-17 … OUTLAND … Parkwood (2)
1981-07-31 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Mark I (4)

1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Eric Concordville (6)
1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Eric Feasterville (6)
1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Eric Lawrenceville (6)
1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Eric Montgomeryville (6)
1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Eric Plaza King of Prussia (6)
1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Eric Plaza Moorestown (7)
1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Pilgrim Gardens (7)
1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … SamEric (7)
1982-04-02 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Mark I (4)
1982-04-30 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Eric Tri-State Mall (1)
1982-05-07 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric King (3)
1982-05-07 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Pilgrim Gardens (2)
1982-05-07 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Plaza Moorestown (1)
1982-05-07 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … SamEric (3)
1982-05-14 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eric Pennsauken (1)
1982-05-24 … ROCKY III … SamEric (world premiere screening)
1982-05-28 … ROCKY III … SamEric (17)
1982-06-04 … POLTERGEIST … Eric Feasterville (11)
1982-06-04 … POLTERGEIST … Eric King (11)
1982-06-04 … POLTERGEIST … Eric Pennsauken (15)
1982-06-04 … POLTERGEIST … Eric Tri-State Mall (12)
1982-06-04 … POLTERGEIST … Eric’s Place (15)
1982-06-04 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Premiere (1)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Eric Fairless Hills (6)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Eric Montgomeryville (11)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Eric Plaza King of Prussia (8)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Eric Plaza Moorestown (11)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Mark I (14)
1982-07-23 … TRON … Regency (5)
1982-09-01 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … SamEric (1)
1982-09-17 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … SamEric (6)
1982-09-17 … POLTERGEIST … Sam’s Place (2)
1982-09-24 … FAME … SamEric (4)
1982-10-01 … POLTERGEIST / STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Eric’s Place (3)
1982-10-15 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Mark I (1)
1982-10-29 … SUPERMAN II … Regency (1)
1982-11-19 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … SamEric (5)
1982-11-24 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … SamEric (1)
1982-12-03 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF … SamEric (1)
1982-12-17 … THE DARK CRYSTAL … Regency (6)
1982-12-17 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Regency (17) [70mm from Week #7]

1983-01-28 … BLUE THUNDER … SamEric (sneak preview screening)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Eric Lawrenceville (21)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Eric Montgomeryville (#1: 28)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Eric Montgomeryville (#2: 2)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Eric Plaza Moorestown (29)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … SamEric (#1: 28)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … SamEric (#2: 2)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … SamEric (#3: 2)
1983-06-03 … WARGAMES … Sam’s Place (#1: 15)
1983-06-03 … WARGAMES … Sam’s Place (#2: 3)
1983-07-15 … STAYING ALIVE … Mark I (12)
1983-09-07 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … SamEric (1)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Eric Concordville (5)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Eric Feasterville (4)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Eric Lawrenceville (5)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Eric Montgomeryville (4)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Eric Pennsauken (7)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Eric Pilgrim Gardens (7)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Eric Plaza King of Prussia (4)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Sam’s Place (7)
1983-10-15 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Eric King (sneak preview screening)
1983-10-15 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Eric Plaza Moorestown (sneak preview screening)
1983-10-15 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Eric Tri-State Mall (sneak preview screening)
1983-10-15 … THE RIGHT STUFF … SamEric (sneak preview screening)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Eric King (8)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Eric Plaza Moorestown (8)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Eric Tri-State Mall (8)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … SamEric (9)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Eric Pennsauken (#1: 19)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Eric Pennsauken (#2: 4)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Eric Pennsauken (#3: 2)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … SamEric (#1: 19)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … SamEric (#2: 7)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … SamEric (#3: 4)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Eric Plaza Moorestown (9)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Mark I (7)
1984-06-08 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Eric’s Place (20)
1984-07-13 … THE LAST STARFIGHTER … SamEric (5)
1984-09-19 … AMADEUS … Olde City (13)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Concordville (#1: 7)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Concordville (#2: 2)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Fairless Hills (6)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Feasterville (#1: 7)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Feasterville (#2: 1)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Lawrenceville (7)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Montgomeryville (6)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Pennsauken (#1: 7)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Pennsauken (#2: 1)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eric Plaza King of Prussia (6)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … SamEric (#1: 7)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … SamEric (#2: 1)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … SamEric (#3: 1)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Mark I (6)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Eric Pilgrim Gardens (8)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Eric Plaza King of Prussia (6)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Sam’s Place (8)

1985-01-11 … AMADEUS … SamEric (10) [70mm from Week #2]
1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Orleans (3)
1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Premiere (3)
1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Regency (3)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Olde City (10+)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Orleans (10+)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Premiere (10+)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Eric Plaza King of Prussia (3)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Eric Plaza Moorestown (4)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … SamEric (4)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Sam’s Place (5)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Eric Plaza Moorestown (sneak preview screening)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … SamEric (sneak preview screening)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Eric Plaza Moorestown (3)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … SamEric (4)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … SamEric (#1: 13)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … SamEric (#2: 5)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … SamEric (#1: 6)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … SamEric (#2: 3)
1985-12-20 … A CHORUS LINE … Olde City (6)
1985-12-20 … OUT OF AFRICA … Mark I (12)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Orleans (sneak preview screening)
1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Sam’s Place (sneak preview screening)
1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … 309 (sneak preview screening)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Orleans (25)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Sam’s Place (6)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … 309 (25)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Orleans (13)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Premiere (10)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Regency (12)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … 309 (14)
1986-08-01 … HOWARD THE DUCK … Sam’s Place (3)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Mark I (9)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Orleans (12)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … 309 (15)
1986-12-19 … LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS … Regency (8)
1986-12-25 … THE MISSION… Olde City (9)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Olde City (10)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Orleans (9)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Premiere (9)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … 309 (11)
1987-07-01 … INNERSPACE … Granite Run (5)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Eric Feasterville (9)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Eric Pennsauken (11)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Eric Plaza King of Prussia (11)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Sam’s Place (9)

1988-05-20 … WILLOW … Mark I (7)
1988-07-15 … DIE HARD … SamEric (16)

1989-04-07 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Mark I (8) [SR]
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Eric Pennsauken (#1: 12)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Eric Pennsauken (#2: 5)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Orleans (12)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … SamEric (#1: 12)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … SamEric (#2: 5)
1989-06-09 … STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER … Olde City (5)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … Sam’s Place (6)

1990-06-01 … TOTAL RECALL … Sam’s Place (5)
1990-06-08 … TOTAL RECALL … Sam’s Place (#2: 3)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Granite Run (9)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Olde City (9)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Orleans (8)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Premiere (9)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … 309 (10)
1990-10-05 … FANTASIA … Olde City (7)

1991-05-24 … BACKDRAFT … SamEric (6)
1991-07-02 … TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY … SamEric (#1: 14)
1991-07-02 … TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY … SamEric (#2: 3)
1991-12-11 … HOOK … Riverview Plaza (#1: 13)
1991-12-11 … HOOK … Riverview Plaza (#2: 4)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Riverview Plaza (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Riverview Plaza (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Riverview Plaza (7)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Market Fair (#1: 7)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Market Fair (#2: 3)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Plaza Moorestown (canceled due to theater fire)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Riverview Plaza (6)

1993-06-17 … LAST ACTION HERO … SamEric (5)
1993-10-08 … GETTYSBURG … Riverview Plaza (5)
1993-11-12 … GETTYSBURG … SamEric (2)

1994-09-23 … MY FAIR LADY … Riverview Plaza (2) [format undetermined]

1997-01-06 … HAMLET … Riverview Plaza (trade screening)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … AMC Cherry Hill 24 [Datasat]
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … AMC Hamilton 24 [Datasat]
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … AMC Neshaminy 24 [Datasat]
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … UA King of Prussia 16 & IMAX (4) [Datasat]
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … UA Riverview Plaza Stadium 17 & RPX (5) [Datasat]

Note that some of the movies included in this listing were presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement due to print damage or, in the case of a multiplex booking, movement to a smaller, 35mm-only auditorium within a cinema complex. And in a few cases the reverse was true whereas a booking began with a 35mm print and switched mid-run to 70mm. In these cases, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.
 
 

Part 3: Which 70mm releases were not presented in 70mm in Philadelphia?

 
Here is a listing of movies with a confirmed 70mm release in North America that played the Philadelphia market only in 35mm (or not at all). Titles marked with a triple asterisk played the Philly area in 70mm only during a second run or subsequent booking, and titles marked # played in 70mm only during advance pre-release screening(s). Titles marked ## were photographed in 70mm (65mm) but which there is no record of any 70mm prints being struck for release.

1957
Raintree County ##

1960
Scent of Mystery (aka Holiday in Spain)

1962
Barabbas
Black Tights

1963
The Cardinal
55 Days at Peking***
Lafayette
Madame

1964
Becket***
Cheyenne Autumn***
Zulu***

1965
The Great Race
In Harm’s Way
Lord Jim
The Sleeping Beauty (Kirov Ballet)

1966
Born Free
Khartoum
Russian Adventure

1967
The Dirty Dozen

1968
Around the World in Eighty Days (re-release)
Custer of the West
Dr. Coppelius
Half a Sixpence
War and Peace

1969
Anne of the Thousand Days
MacKenna’s Gold
Marooned
The Wild Bunch

1970
Brewster McCloud
Darling Lili
Kelly’s Heroes
Ryan’s Daughter
Scrooge
Too Late the Hero

1971
The Horsemen ##
House of Wax (re-release)
The Last Valley
Lawrence of Arabia (re-release)
Mary, Queen of Scots
The Stewardesses
Waterloo

1972
The Cowboys
Deliverance
The Great Waltz
The Poseidon Adventure

1973
This is Cinerama (re-release)
Tom Sawyer

1974
Jesus Christ Superstar (re-release)
One by One
Panorama Blue
The Towering Inferno
The Trial of Billy Jack

1975
The Jolson Story (re-release)
Lucky Lady
Paper Tiger

1976
A Star is Born

1977
Metemorphoses
Nights and Days
Star Wars***
Tommy (re-release)

1978
Comes a Horseman
Crossed Swords
Days of Heaven
The Deer Hunter
Dersu Uzala
Grease
The Manitou
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Sound of Music (re-release)
Superman***

1979
Apocalypse Now***
The Exorcist*** (re-release)
Hanover Street
Hurricane
The Muppet Movie
1941
Star Trek: The Motion Picture

1980
The Blue Lagoon
Can’t Stop the Music
Fame***
The Island
The Jazz Singer
The Ninth Configuration (aka Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane)
Raise the Titanic

1981
Dance Craze
Dragonslayer
Heaven’s Gate
Sharky’s Machine
Star Wars (re-release)
Superman II***
Wolfen
Zoot Suit

1982
Annie
Blade Runner
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial***
Firefox
Gandhi
Grease 2
Napoleon (re-release)
One from the Heart
The Road Warrior
Star Wars (re-release)
Tempest
The Thing
Tron***
Yes, Georgio

1983
Around the World in Eighty Days (re-release)
Blue Thunder #
The Entity
Krull
Let’s Spend the Night Together
Never Say Never Again
Octopussy
Oklahoma! (re-release)
The Star Chamber
Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back (double feature re-release)
Superman III

1984
The Bear
Carmen
City Heat
The Cotton Club
Fort Saganne
Gremlins
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan
The Razor’s Edge
The River
Streets of Fire

1985
American Flyers
Back to the Future
Bring on the Night
The Emerald Forest
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (re-release)
Explorers
Ghostbusters (re-release)
The Goonies
Gremlins (re-release)
Ladyhawke
Lifeforce
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Revolution
Santa Claus
Spies Like Us
White Nights
Year of the Dragon

1986
Absolute Beginners
Big Trouble in Little China
The Clan of the Cave Bear
Cobra
The Color of Money
Highlander
Manhunter
The Money Pit
Nutcracker
Sleeping Beauty (re-release)
Spacecamp
Tough Guys

1987
Adventures in Babysitting
Apocalypse Now (re-release)
Cry Freedom
Empire of the Sun
Good Morning, Vietnam
The Last Emperor
Lethal Weapon
The Lost Boys
Over the Top
Predator
The Running Man
Spaceballs
Three Men and a Baby
Who’s That Girl
The Witches of Eastwick

1988
Alien Nation
Beaches
The Big Blue
Cocoon: The Return
Gorillas in the Mist
The Last Temptation of Christ
The Presidio
Shoot to Kill
Tucker: The Man and his Dream
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

1989
Always
Back to the Future Part II
Batman
The Bear
Black Rain
Born on the Fourth of July
Casualties of War
Dead Poets Society
Glory
In Country
Lethal Weapon 2
The Little Mermaid
Tango & Cash
The Ten Commandments (re-release)
Valmont

1990
Air America
Arachnophobia
Back to the Future Part III
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Days of Thunder
Die Hard 2
Edward Scissorhands
Flatliners
The Godfather Part III
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Havana
The Hunt for Red October
Memphis Belle
Mountains of the Moon
Predator 2
The Rookie
The Sheltering Sky
The Sound of Music (re-release)
The Two Jakes

1991
Beauty and the Beast
The Doors
For the Boys
The Last Boy Scout
Point Break
The Rocketeer
Spartacus (re-release)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

1992
Alien 3
1492: Conquest of Paradise
Howards End
The Last of the Mohicans
Lethal Weapon 3
Malcolm X
Patriot Games
Shining Through

1993
Baraka
Cliffhanger
Geronimo: An American Legend
In the Line of Fire
The Remains of the Day
Short Cuts

1994
Little Buddha
True Lies

1995
The Wild Bunch (re-release)

1996
Hamlet #
Vertigo (re-release)

1997
Titanic

2001
2001: A Space Odyssey (re-release)

2002
Lawrence of Arabia (re-release)

2012
The Master
Samsara ##

2014
Inherent Vice
Interstellar

2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

2017
Kong: Skull Island
 
 

References

 
Various issues of Boxoffice, Philadelphia Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Variety, plus Dolby sound system installation records, projector and sound system trade advertisements, and the book “Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theatre Paintings of Davis Cone” (Michael D. Kinerk and Dennis W. Wilhelm; Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 2001).

Special Thanks: Neil S. Bulk, Allen Hause, Mark Marshall, Jim Perry, Joe Tommassello.
 
 
  
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