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“Solomon and Sheba”: The 70mm Engagements
“The mightiest motion picture ever created!”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 21.09.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Solomon and Sheba” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery derived from Super Technirama photography and featured discrete six-channel stereophonic sound. These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.

“Solomon and Sheba” was among five confirmed first-run films released in 1959 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The King Vidor production and United Artists release — directed by King Vidor and starring Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida — opened December 25th.

The majority of these presentations were of the continuous performance/general release variety, though some were roadshow and are marked as such with an asterisk.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.

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*Roadshow (reserved-seat engagement)

**Roadshow (reserved seating on smoking loge only)

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

1959-12-25 … Baltimore, MD — New (5)

1959-12-25 … Boston, MA — Capri* (7)

1959-12-25 … Buffalo, NY — Teck

1959-12-25 … Chicago, IL — Woods (11)

1959-12-25 … Cleveland, OH — Stillman (7)

1959-12-25 … Dallas, TX — Capri (5)

1959-12-25 … Denver, CO — Paramount

1959-12-25 … Detroit, MI — United Artists (8)

1959-12-25 … Honolulu, HI — Kuhio (4)

1959-12-25 … Los Angeles (Beverly Hills), CA — Fox Wilshire (7)

1959-12-25 … Miami (Coral Gables), FL — Riviera (5)

1959-12-25 … Miami (Miami Beach), FL — 170th Street (6)

1959-12-25 … Milwaukee, WI — Strand

1959-12-25 … Minneapolis (St. Louis Park), MN — Park** (9)

1959-12-25 … New York, NY — Capitol (8)

1959-12-25 … Ottawa, ON — Nelson* (7)

1959-12-25 … Philadelphia, PA — Fox (9)

1959-12-25 … Pittsburgh, PA — Penn (5)

1959-12-25 … Portland, OR — Hollywood (10)

1959-12-25 … Rochester, NY — Riviera* (10)

1959-12-25 … St. Louis (Richmond Heights), MO — Esquire (6)

1959-12-25 … San Antonio, TX — Broadway (7)

1959-12-25 … San Diego, CA — Fox (5)

1959-12-25 … Seattle, WA — Paramount (10)

1959-12-25 … Syracuse (DeWitt), NY — Shoppingtown (10)

1959-12-25 … Washington, DC — Palace (7)

1960-01-01 … Montreal, QC — Seville* (7)

1960-02-11 … Little Rock, AR — Capitol (3)

1960-02-11 … Memphis, TN — Palace

1960-02-13 … Detroit, MI — Mercury m/o (6 [14])

1960-02-17 … Hartford, CT — Strand (3)

1960-02-17 … Louisville, KY — Brown (5)

1960-02-19 … Lexington, KY — Strand (3)

1960-03-18 … Phoenix, AZ — Vista*

1960-03-18 … Vancouver, BC — Strand (4)

1960-03-21 … Calgary, AB — Uptown (4)

1960-03-23 … Salt Lake City, UT — Park-Vu Drive-In (3)

1960-04-21 … Nashville, TN — Crescent (2)

1960-04-29 … Winnipeg, MB — Garrick (2)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS

1960-03-23 … San Diego, CA — Pacific Drive-In (1) [w/“The Big Fisherman”]

1960-06-30 … Pontiac, MI — Miracle Mile Drive-In (1)

1961-08-20 … Levittown, NJ — Fox (1)

1962-09-13 … Minneapolis, MN — Century (1) [70mm fest]

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Jerry Alexander, Jim Barg, Don Beelik, Bill Kretzel and Bob Throop.

Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but have not been accounted for in this article.

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