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“That’s Entertainment!”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Boy. Do we need it now.”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 30.07.2018
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “That’s Entertainment!” in North America. These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience the film.

The 70mm prints of “That’s Entertainment!” were in a variable aspect ratio and featured six-track stereophonic sound.

“That’s Entertainment!” was among four confirmed first-run films released in 1974 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Forty-six 70mm prints of the film were reportedly struck for worldwide distribution with about half of them booked in North America. The MGM presentation and United Artists release — directed by Jack Haley, Jr. and narrated by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, and Elizabeth Taylor — premiered in Beverly Hills on May 17th.

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks)

1974-05-17 … Beverly Hills, CA — Beverly (25)
1974-05-23 … New York, NY — Ziegfeld (18)

1974-06-26 … Boston, MA — Cinema 57 Twin (16)
1974-06-26 … Chicago, IL — McClurg Court (16)
1974-06-26 … Philadelphia, PA — SamEric (13)
1974-06-26 … San Francisco, CA — Northpoint (14)
1974-06-26 … Southfield, MI — Northland (16)
1974-06-26 … Toronto, ON — Eglinton (26)
1974-06-26 … Washington, DC — Uptown (20)

1974-07-17 … San Diego, CA — Valley Circle (14)
1974-07-17 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama (17)
1974-07-19 … Dallas, TX — Preston Royal (14)
1974-07-19 … Houston, TX — Windsor (23)
1974-07-19 … Montreal, QC — Westmount Square (15)
1974-07-19 … St. Louis Park, MN — Cooper (17)
1974-07-26 … Denver, CO — Cooper (11)

1974-08-02 … Overland Park, KS — Glenwood Twin (12)
1974-08-07 … Des Moines, IA — River Hills (10)
1974-08-09 … Omaha, NE — Indian Hills (10)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1974-08-07 … Oxnard, CA — Carriage Square Twin (9)
1974-09-27 … New York, NY — Rivoli (3)
1974-10-18 … Northbrook, IL — Edens Twin (8)
1974-11-20 … San Diego, CA — Capri (4)

1975-04-23 … San Francisco, CA — Parkside (1)
1975-09-12 … Southfield, MI — Northland (1)
1975-12-10 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre

1976-09-10 … Chicago, IL — McClurg Court (1) [w/ “That’s Entertainment Part 2”]

1978-07-31 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [1st Annual Summer Film Festival]
1978-08-01 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre [70mm fest]

1980-07-01 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre [70mm Classics series]

1981-09-25 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (2 days)

1982-06-28 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [5th Annual Summer Film Festival]
1982-09-10 … Portland, OR — Bagdad Triplex (5 days) [70mm fest; w/ “That’s Entertainment Part 2”]

1990-10-05 … San Francisco, CA — Alhambra (1) [Best of 70mm fest]

1991-01-25 … Creve Coeur, MO — Creve Coeur Triplex (1) [70mm fest]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel and Stan Malone.

International 70mm presentations of this title 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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