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Showcase Presentations in Phoenix, USA
A Chronology of Roadshow and Large Format Exhibition, 1957-Present

All 70mm film lists
Compiled By: Michael Coate Date: 13 March 2018
Continuing the “Showcase Presentations in…” series, we now present: Phoenix, Arizona.

Part 1: The Cinemas

The Valley of the Sun’s 70mm-equipped cinemas are/were…

GLENDALE
Bell Park
Gateway Village
Westgate

MESA
Superstition
Three Fountains

PHOENIX
Bethany / Bethany West
Chris-Town
Chris-Town Mall / Cinema 6
Cine Capri
Fox
Palms
Paramount
Vista

SCOTTSDALE
Camelview
Kachina
Round-Up Drive-In
Scottsdale 101
Scottsdale Pavilions

TEMPE
Tempe Marketplace

An overview of each cinema will be provided in a forthcoming revision.
 
Further in 70mm reading:

70mm Cinemas

70mm Cinemas in Denmark and the first 70mm film

CDS Cinemas

Now showing in 70mm in a theatre near you!


Internet link:

Part 2: The Engagements

 
“Showcase Presentations” = 70mm + Cinerama + 6-track magnetic stereo + reserved-seat engagements.

This project excludes IMAX and other Special Venue presentations. (They might be added in a forthcoming revision.)

Regarding image: To simplify the presentation of the information, no distinction has been made between those movies originated in 70mm (65mm) and those originated in 35mm and blown up to 70mm. Such details can be found in numerous articles and reference material elsewhere on this website.

Regarding audio: The majority of the titles featured in this chronology showcased some flavor of six-track stereo. (The noted 35mm presentations used in some roadshow situations were often 4-track magnetic stereo or, in some cases, standard optical mono.) The 70mm prints issued from 1977 typically were encoded with Dolby Noise Reduction and often included “baby boom” low-frequency enhancement and occasionally split surrounds. Most of the recently-struck prints featured digital sound (DTS aka Datasat).

The roadshows (i.e. reserved-seat engagements) have an asterisk after the applicable title.

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

YYYY-MM-DD … TITLE … Cinema (duration in weeks) [notes or projection process if other than 70mm]

1957-03-06 … THE TEN COMMANDMENTS* … Palms (9) [35mm]
1957-12-19 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Vista (11) [35mm]

1959-02-19 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Vista (39)
1959-06-12 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Fox (4)
1959-11-18 … THE BIG FISHERMAN* … Vista (9)

1960-01-22 … PORGY AND BESS* … Vista (8)
1960-03-18 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA* … Vista (?)
1960-06-?? … CAN-CAN* … Vista (15)
1960-11-02 … BEN-HUR* … Vista (45)

1961-03-17 … EXODUS* … Palms (9)
1961-04-21 … KING OF KINGS … Kachina (sneak preview)
1961-05-19 … SPARTACUS* … Palms (8)
1961-12-21 … KING OF KINGS* … Vista (11)

1962-03-08 … EL CID* … Vista (20)
1962-03-28 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Kachina (15)

1963-01-17 … THE LONGEST DAY* … Paramount (10) [35mm]
1963-01-25 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Vista (10)
1963-01-31 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Palms (24)
1963-05-16 … THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM* … Kachina (13) [Cinerama]
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Paramount (33)
1963-08-15 … HOW THE WEST WAS WON* … Kachina (39) [Cinerama]

1964-05-15 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Kachina (40) [“Cinerama”]

1965-02-18 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Kachina (6) [“Cinerama”]
1965-03-31 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Kachina (21) [“Cinerama”]
1965-03-31 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Vista (115)
1965-04-14 … CHEYENNE AUTUMN … Bethany West (2)
1965-04-21 … BECKET … Round-Up Drive-In (1)
1965-04-28 … CHEYENNE AUTUMN … Round-Up Drive-In (1)
1965-06-30 … MY FAIR LADY* … Palms (25)
1965-08-25 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Kachina (17) [“Cinerama”]
1965-12-22 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Kachina (12) [“Cinerama”]

1966-03-16 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Kachina (41)
1966-03-31 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Cine Capri (13)
1966-06-28 … THE BLUE MAX* … Cine Capri (17) [35mm]
1966-12-21 … THE BIBLE* … Cine Capri (22)
1966-12-25 … KHARTOUM* … Kachina (7) [“Cinerama”]

1967-02-14 … HAWAII* … Kachina (34) [35mm]
1967-02-21 … GRAND PRIX* … Bethany (35) [“Cinerama”]
1967-05-24 … THE TAMING OF THE SHREW* … Camelback Mall (16) [35mm]
1967-06-14 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Vista (20) [35mm]
1967-07-14 … THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE* … Palms (27) [35mm]
1967-10-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Bethany (29)
1967-12-21 … CAMELOT* … Camelback Mall (23) [35mm]

1968-02-21 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Kachina (7)
1968-04-10 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Kachina (7)
1968-05-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Kachina (25) [“Cinerama”]
1968-06-12 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Palms (15)
1968-09-18 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Bethany (1)
1968-11-20 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Kachina (14) [“Cinerama”]
1968-12-06 … SWEET CHARITY* … Bethany (sneak preview)
1968-12-11 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Bethany (1)
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Bethany (14)
1968-12-25 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Cine Capri (8) [35mm]

1969-01-29 … FUNNY GIRL* … Palms (36) [35mm]
1969-02-04 … THE LION IN WINTER* … Thomas Mall (22) [35mm]
1969-02-05 … OLIVER!* … Camelback Mall (23) [35mm]
1969-02-19 … STAR!* … Vista (6)
1969-02-26 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Kachina (11)
1969-03-28 … BEN-HUR* … Bethany (10)
1969-05-10 … MACKENNA’S GOLD … Chris-Town (7) [U.S. premiere]
1969-05-15 … SWEET CHARITY* … Kachina (15)
1969-06-04 … SOUTH PACIFIC … Bethany (3)
1969-06-25 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Bethany (9)
1969-07-16 … OLIVER!* … Hayden East (m/o from Camelback Mall, 12 [35]) [35mm]
1969-08-08 … WAR AND PEACE: PART I* … Valley (1) [35mm]
1969-08-15 … WAR AND PEACE: PART II* … Valley (1) [35mm]
1969-10-08 … FUNNY GIRL* … Hayden East (m/o from Palms, 6 [42]) [35mm]
1969-10-08 … OLIVER!* … Hayden West (m/o from Hayden East, 6 [41]) [35mm]
1969-12-10 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Kachina (1)
1969-12-17 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Kachina (10)
1969-12-25 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Cine Capri (29) [35mm]

1970-02-11 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Palms (23)
1970-04-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Bethany (2)
1970-07-22 … AIRPORT … Kachina (18)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Cine Capri (19)

1971-02-10 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Palms (18)

1972-02-16 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … Thomas Mall (30) [35mm]

1973-02-14 … MAN OF LA MANCHA*… El Camino (9) [35mm]
1973-06-01 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Cine Capri (7)

1974-08-28 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Kachina (4)
1974-09-25 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY / MAN OF LA MANCHA … Kachina (5)
1974-10-18 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Cine Capri (1)
1974-11-27 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Chris-Town (1)
1974-12-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Palms (6)

1975-09-26 … JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR … Kachina (3)
1975-10-31 … VOLCANO (aka KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA) … Kachina (1) [Feelarama]

1976-09-22 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Palms (1)
1976-09-29 … THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE … Bethany (3)
1976-11-18 … HELLO, DOLLY! … Cine Capri (1 day, matinee only)

1977-05-25 … STAR WARS … Cine Capri (60) [70mm from Week #17]

1978-05-19 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Bethany (4)
1978-05-19 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Kachina (4)
1978-08-25 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Cine Capri (6)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Cine Capri (20)
1979-12-21 … THE ROSE … Cine Capri (10)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Cine Capri (30)
1980-08-01 … RAISE THE TITANIC … Chris-Town (5)
1980-09-26 … DIVINE MADNESS … Kachina (8)

1981-05-08 … THE BLACK HOLE / SLEEPING BEAUTY … Chris-Town (2)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Cine Capri (9)
1981-07-31 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Kachina (4)

1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Kachina (10)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Chris-Town (6)

1983-04-23 … WARGAMES … Chris-Town (sneak preview)
1983-04-30 … BRAINSTORM … Chris-Town (sneak preview)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Chris-Town Mall (29)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Kachina (17)
1983-08-05 … GANDHI … Cine Capri (2)
1983-09-09 … OKLAHOMA! … Cine Capri (3)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Cine Capri (10)
1983-10-15 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Chris-Town (sneak preview)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Chris-Town (8)
1983-12-16 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Kachina (5)

1984-05-16 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Cine Capri (1)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Chris-Town (12)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Cine Capri (17)
1984-11-16 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Cine Capri (1)
1984-11-23 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Cine Capri (1)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Chris-Town (9)
1984-12-07 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Cine Capri (1)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Chris-Town Mall (5)

1985-06-21 … COCOON … Chris-Town Mall (8)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Chris-Town (5)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Superstition (sneak preview)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Superstition (5)
1985-08-30 … THE BLACK CAULDRON / E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Superstition (3)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Chris-Town (5)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Cine Capri (4)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Kachina (8)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Superstition (6)

1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Cine Capri (13)
1986-09-12 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Kachina (1)
1986-09-19 … OKLAHOMA! … Kachina (1)
1986-09-26 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Kachina (1)
1986-10-03 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Kachina (1)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Chris-Town (13)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Kachina (7)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Superstition (18) [70mm from Week #3]

1987-01-16 … THE MISSION… Cine Capri (7) [70mm from Week #3]
1987-01-16 … THE MISSION… Kachina (7) [70mm from Week #4]
1987-09-18 … APOCALYPSE NOW… Cine Capri (1)

1988-02-19 … CRY FREEDOM… Cine Capri (3)
1988-05-20 … WILLOW … Cine Capri (8)
1988-11-23 … COCOON: THE RETURN … Kachina (6)

1989-04-21 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Cine Capri (5)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Chris-Town (12)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Cine Capri (11)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Superstition (13)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … Cine Capri (10)

1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Gateway Village (20)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Three Fountains (21)
1990-06-27 … DAYS OF THUNDER … Cine Capri (7)
1990-09-07 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Cine Capri (1)
1990-10-12 … MEMPHIS BELLE … Cine Capri (6)

1991-09-27 … FANTASIA … Cine Capri (2)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Cine Capri (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Cine Capri (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Cine Capri (4)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Camelview (8) [70mm from Week #5]
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … ?

1993-06-17 … LAST ACTION HERO … Cine Capri (3)
1993-11-05 … THE REMAINS OF THE DAY … Camelview (8)

1994-02-25 … THE REMAINS OF THE DAY … Cine Capri (1)

1995-03-31 … THE WILD BUNCH … Cine Capri (2)

1997-01-24 … HAMLET … Camelview (8)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Scottsdale 101 (2)
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Tempe Marketplace (3)
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Westgate (2)

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Tempe Marketplace (6)
2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Westgate (?)
 
 

References

 
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing were presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of its engagement due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a smaller, 35mm-only auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse may have been true in some cases whereas a booking began with a 35mm print because the lab was unable to complete the 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In these cases, any 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

Also, regarding roadshow presentations, the reserved-seat policy, in some instances, was relaxed during the latter weeks of the run.

References: Various issues of Boxoffice, The Arizona Republic, and Variety; Dolby sound system installation records; and projector and sound system trade advertisements.

Special Thanks: Floyd Newton.

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
 
 
   
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