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70mm Presentations in Las Vegas
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1965-Present

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Compiled by: Michael Coate and Jim PerryDate: 15.05.2020
What follows is a title-based chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the greater Las Vegas area of Nevada, USA.

The focus of this work is 5-perf 70mm feature films and the cinemas in which they were exhibited. Short subjects, 8-perf and 15-perf (IMAX, Iwerks, etc.) and Special Venue presentations have not been included (but consideration will be given to adding them in a revision).

The focus here is on the titles that received publicly-promoted, commercial exhibition in 70mm and their playdates. To facilitate an easy-to-reference title- and date-based layout, no details have been provided pertaining to the brand of 70mm (i.e. Todd-AO, Super Panavision, Ultra Panavision, Cinerama, D-150, etc.) or technical particulars of each presentation (i.e. O-neg source, inter-neg source, blow-up, pillarboxed, letterboxed, Dolby A, Dolby SR, five screen channels vs. three, baby boom, split surround, digital sound, etc.).

Part 1: The 70mm-Equipped Cinemas

HENDERSON
Cinedome

LAS VEGAS
Century Desert
Cinedome
Cinerama / Las Vegas Cinerama
Fox / Fox Charleston / Fox Charleston Plaza
Paradise
Parkway
Red Rock
Sunset Drive-In
Town Square

An overview of each cinema will be provided in a forthcoming revision.

Part 2: The 70mm Presentations

YYYY-MM-DD … TITLE … Cinema (duration in weeks) [notes]

* Reserved-seat engagement (i.e. roadshow)

1965-01-13 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Cinerama (6)
1965-02-26 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Cinerama (4)
1965-03-24 … MY FAIR LADY* … Cinerama (18)
1965-07-27 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Cinerama (11)
1965-10-11 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Cinerama (10)
1965-10-14 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Fox (24)
1965-12-22 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Cinerama (13)

1966-03-23 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Cinerama (7)
1966-06-29 … KHARTOUM* … Cinerama (7)
1966-08-17 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Cinerama (20)

1967-05-17 … GRAND PRIX* … Cinerama (15)
1967-07-19 … THE BIBLE* … Fox (9)

1968-01-10 … CAMELOT* … Cinerama (9)
1968-03-13 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Cinerama (4)
1968-04-10 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Cinerama (12)
1968-07-02 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Cinerama (14)
1968-11-06 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Cinerama (4)

1969-02-13 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Cinerama (7)
1969-04-02 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Cinerama (10)
1969-06-12 … SWEET CHARITY* … Cinerama (11)
1969-08-27 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Cinerama (6)

1970-02-10 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Cinerama (3)
1970-02-11 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Parkway (15)

1971-04-09 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Parkway (7)
1971-09-29 … WEST SIDE STORY / AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Cinerama (1)

1972-03-29 … MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS … Cinerama (3)

1973-09-21 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Cinerama (2)

1974-08-28 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cinerama (4)
1974-11-20 … THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK … Parkway (5)

1976-06-10 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Cinerama (3)
1976-07-02 … JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR … Cinerama (3)

1980-06-18 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Parkway (26)
1980-10-03 … THE ROSE … Parkway (2 days; midnight)
1980-12-12 … A STAR IS BORN … Parkway (2 days; midnight)

1981-04-24 … THE BLACK HOLE / SLEEPING BEAUTY … Fox (4)
1981-05-01 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Cinedome (3)
1981-05-22 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Cinedome (2)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Parkway (9)
1981-09-04 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Cinedome (2)

1982-01-20 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Parkway (1)
1982-02-05 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Parkway (1)
1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Parkway (11)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN …Cinedome (#1: 15)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN …Cinedome (#2: 2)
1982-06-18 … ANNIE … Fox (15)
1982-07-09 … TRON … Cinedome (23)
1982-07-16 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Cinedome (4)

1983-02-11 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER … Cinedome (3)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Cinedome (29) [70 from Week 13]
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Cinedome (8)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Cinedome (#1: 20) [70 from week 5]
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Cinedome (#2: 6) [70 from Week 5]
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Cinedome (#1: 10)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Cinedome (#2: 3)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Parkway (19)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Red Rock (14)

1985-06-21 … COCOON … Red Rock (22)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Cinedome (3)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Parkway (13)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Red Rock (10)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Cinedome (#1: 20)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Cinedome (#2: 9)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Cinedome (10)
1985-12-20 … AMADEUS … Paradise (2)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Parkway (sneak preview)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Parkway (42)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Cinedome (22)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Parkway (33)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Parkway (18)

1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Century Desert (16)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Cinedome (20) [70 from Week 7]
1989-08-25 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Paradise (6)

1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Cinedome (9)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Parkway (8)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Century Desert (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Cinedome (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Cinedome (9)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Parkway (8)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Town Square (2+)

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Town Square (2+)

Note that some of the titles included in this chronology were presented in 35mm (or, recently, DCP) during the latter week(s) of their engagement due to contractual terms or print damage (and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print) or because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped 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.

During the roadshow era, the reserved-seat policy, in some instances, was relaxed during the summer and/or latter weeks of the run. Any non-roadshow portion of such an engagement has been included in the applicable duration figure.

References: Various issues of Boxoffice, The Hollywood Reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Motion Picture Exhibitor, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Clark County Public Library, Scott Neff, Nevada State Library and UNLV Libraries.

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