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DP70s in Colorado (CO)

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Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 04.07.2009
Aurora Cooper 5
  One DP70 (1410). Closed Summer 1999. DP70 to Rich Vincent (Denver (CO))
Boulder Village Theatre
  One DP70. Now closed. Had a pair of Century JJ’s. 1 in theatre #1 and the second one was in theatre 2. The only 70MM they played was “Hoffa”. John Templeton, 03.06.2009
Colorado Springs Academy Station
  One DP70
Colorado Springs Cinema 70
  DP70s sold to theatre operator in Cheyenne, Wyoming early 2000.
Denver Aladdin
  Two DP70s sent to the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Could have been 2256 and 2259
Denver Center Theatre (*»P)
  Two DP70s sent to the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Could have been 752 and 754
Denver Cooper Theatre
  DP70s sold to theatre operator in Cheyenne, Wyoming early 2000.
Denver Cooper 5
  One DP70 from North Star Drive. DP70 later sold to theatre operator in Cheyenne, Wyoming early 2000.
Denver Cooper 6
  One DP70 from North Star Drive. DP70s sold to theatre operator in Cheyenne, Wyoming early 2000.
Denver The (Regal) Continental (10) Theatre (P)
  Two DP70 (2311+2312). An original D-150 theatre around which 4 smaller auditoriums have been added. A photo can be seen at www.film-tech.com. Both Norelcos removed 2001 (sitting away from ports for removal) from service completely. No lamphouses installed. Awaiting removal from building altogether.

Image by Brad Morris

On January 21 2013, two AAII's were taken from the Regal Continental 10 theater in Denver, CO (2311+2312) and brought to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences. Only the projector heads were saved. The bases and upper reel arms were scrapped. As in previous cases, these will either be used for parts, or put onto other bases for use in upcoming installations. Both machines were in good shape, with only the shutter missing from 2311. Happy to have found another new serial number! And to have rescued two more machines from being trashed. Brad Morris, Los Angeles, CA
Denver Denham (*) / Ben Hur Theatre (*)
  Two DP70. Face lifted for 250.000 dollars in late 1960 under supervision of architect Richard Crowther. Reopened with "Ben Hur". Seats reduced from 1585 to 810. New Walker screen 54 x 25 ft.

"Oklahoma!" opened in Denver mid October 1956. Theatre unknown.

The reference to the "Ben Hur" Theatre in Denver, Colorado, with 70mm projectors, this theatre was actually called the Denham. When "Ben Hur" was playing there, they took down the Denham marquee sign and replaced it with a "Ben Hur" sign. Since the film played there for some time, the sign was left in place, however if memory serves at the end of the run, the original name Denham was again restored on the building. Quite a few of the first run musicals played at the Denham and it was one of the better examples of a period art deco theatre as I recall. I believe the original building was torn down to make way for one of the local hotels or multi-story office buildings, but it was located near the downtown area around 18th and Broadway or somewhere in that vicinity. Probably the Colorado Historical Society would have more accurate information on the location and history of the building. Bob Amick, 29.09.2006
Denver East 70 Drive In
  Two DP70. One of these projectors ended up at the Festival-6.
Denver Festival 6
  One DP70. Machine came from Century 21 Theatre
Denver North Star Drive in
  Two DP70. 1600 cars. Screen 135 x 60 ft. Jet arc lamps. One DP70 moved to the Cooper 5 Theatre (Aurora) and the other on was moved to the Cooper 6.

I was the Operator at the North Star when these machines were moved, it was done during May of 1983. Also the screen size was 140' wide, the tower stood 90' high The drive In held between 2000 & 2500 cars. John Templeton, 23.02.2004
Denver Rich Vincent (p)
  One DP70 (1410) came out of the Cooper 5 Theatre when it closed summer 1999. An earlier model as it has the switch to convert from 30fps to 24 fps. number of the pedestal is #59-200.
Littleton Cooper 7
  DP70 sold to theatre operator in Texas.
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