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70mm Presentations in Milwaukee
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1956-Present

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 15.05.2020
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area of Wisconsin, 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

BROOKFIELD
Brookfield Square
West Point

FOX POINT
Brown Port

GREENFIELD
Spring Mall

MILWAUKEE
Capitol Court
Cinema 1 (see: Wisconsin)
Loomis Road
Northtown
Oriental
Southgate
Strand
Towne
Wisconsin / Cinema 1

WAUKESHA
Majestic
Westown

WAUWATOSA
Mayfair

WEST ALLIS
Paradise
Southtown

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

Part 2: The 70mm Presentations

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

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

1956-05-04 … OKLAHOMA!* … Strand (32)

1957-06-12 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Strand (49)

1958-06-05 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Strand (54)

1959-06-19 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Strand (8)
1959-12-25 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA* … Strand (9)

1960-02-24 … PORGY AND BESS … Strand (6)
1960-04-12 … BEN-HUR* … Strand (49)
1960-07-27 … CAN-CAN* … Towne (9)

1961-02-01 … SPARTACUS* … Towne (11)
1961-03-29 … EXODUS* … Strand (16)
1961-12-20 … KING OF KINGS* … Strand (9)

1962-02-21 … OKLAHOMA! … Strand (3)
1962-03-14 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Strand (31)
1962-10-17 … EL CID … Strand (9)
1962-12-25 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Strand (15)

1963-04-12 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Strand (10)
1963-07-02 … CLEOPATRA* … Strand (48)
1963-12-20 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Wisconsin 1 (32)

1964-06-10 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Strand (6)
1964-07-03 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Southgate (7)
1964-07-31 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE … Wisconsin 1 (5)
1964-12-23 … MY FAIR LADY* … Towne (42)

1965-03-24 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Strand (97)
1965-04-13 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Wisconsin 1 (13)
1965-07-14 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Wisconsin 1 (6)
1965-08-04 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Southgate (8)

1966-01-12 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Wisconsin 1 (11)
1966-02-02 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Wisconsin 1 (44)
1966-04-09 … RUSSIAN ADVENTURE* … Southgate (10)
1966-06-29 … KHARTOUM* … Southgate (10)

1967-02-01 … THE BIBLE* … Strand (30)
1967-02-08 … GRAND PRIX* … Southgate (29)
1967-07-19 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Wisconsin 1 (16)
1967-10-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Southgate (51)
1967-12-20 … CAMELOT* … Towne (31)

1968-02-14 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Strand (19)
1968-02-21 … CUSTER OF THE WEST* … Wisconsin 1 (4)
1968-06-14 … FUNNY GIRL … Capitol Court (sneak preview)
1968-06-26 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Wisconsin 1 (25)
1968-10-30 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Towne (12)
1968-12-18 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Southgate (14)
1968-12-18 … STAR!* … Strand (7)
1968-12-19 … OLIVER!* … Wisconsin 1 (27) [70mm?]
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Mayfair (12)

1969-04-02 … BEN-HUR* … Strand (10)
1969-06-25 … SWEET CHARITY* … Wisconsin 1 (5)
1969-06-27 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Southgate (6)
1969-11-05 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Wisconsin 1 (13)
1969-12-17 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Southgate (7)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Strand (28)

1970-03-04 … PATTON* … Towne (13)
1970-04-25 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Southgate (3)
1970-04-25 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Wisconsin 1 (3)
1970-06-03 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Capitol Court (2)
1970-08-14 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Strand (4)
1970-10-07 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Southgate (2)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Strand (12)

1971-06-16 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Strand (1)
1971-06-23 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Strand (1)
1971-09-15 … PAINT YOUR WAGON … Strand (1)
1971-09-15 … SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS … Southgate (1)
1971-09-22 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Southgate (2)
1971-09-22 … EL CID … Strand (1)
1971-10-06 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Southgate (3)
1971-10-15 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD … Strand (2)
1971-10-27 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Southgate (2)
1971-11-24 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG … Strand (1)
1971-12-01 … WEST SIDE STORY … Strand (1)
1971-12-08 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD … Strand (1)
1971-12-14 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … Southgate (52) [70mm?]
1971-12-15 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … Strand (1)

1972-12-14 … MAN OF LA MANCHA* … Southgate (18) [70mm?]

1973-03-21 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Strand (11)
1973-07-25 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Southgate (5)

1974-10-02 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Southtown (5)

1975-08-27 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Southgate (2)
1975-09-10 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Southgate (2)
1975-09-24 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Southgate (1)
1975-10-01 … CAMELOT … Southgate (1)
1975-10-08 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! … Southgate (1)
1975-10-15 … HELLO, DOLLY! … Southgate (1)

1976-06-23 … LOGAN’S RUN … Mayfair (7)
1976-08-12 … THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE … Mayfair (5)

1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Southtown (27)

1978-09-01 … STAR WARS … Southtown (1)
1978-10-07 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Southtown (3)
1978-12-20 … SOUTH PACIFIC … Strand (1)
1978-12-29 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Strand (1)

1979-08-17 … STAR WARS … Southtown (4)

1980-04-25 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Brown Port (1)
1980-05-02 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Brown Port (1)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Brown Port (18)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Mayfair (30)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Southtown (30)
1980-10-03 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Brown Port (3)

1981-05-08 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Southtown (2)
1981-07-31 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Brown Port (3)

1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Southgate (6)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Brown Port (7)
1982-07-09 … TRON … Spring Mall (4)
1982-09-10 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Spring Mall (1)
1982-10-15 … TRON … Brown Port (1)
1982-10-15 … TRON … Spring Mall (2)

1983-01-21 … GANDHI … Brown Port (16) [70mm from Week 11]
1983-01-21 … GANDHI … Southgate (18) [70mm from Week 11]
1983-01-28 … BLUE THUNDER … Spring Mall (sneak preview)
1983-04-13 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Spring Mall (1)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Mayfair (17)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Southgate (19)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Southtown (19)
1983-07-15 … STAYING ALIVE … Spring Mall (8)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Northtown (6)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Southtown (6)
1983-10-14 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Brown Port (1)
1983-10-15 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Brown Port (sneak preview)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Brown Port (7)

1984-03-16 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Loomis Road (1)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Brookfield Square (18)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Brown Port (11)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Loomis Road (20)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Northtown (17)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Spring Mall (11)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Southtown (8)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Westown (6)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Brown Port (8)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Southgate (8)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Southtown (9)

1985-06-21 … COCOON … Mayfair (15)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Southtown (16)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Westown (2)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Southgate (5)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Loomis Road (sneak preview)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Loomis Road (4)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Brookfield Square (5)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Brookfield Square (sneak preview)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Brookfield Square (12)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Spring Mall (27) [70mm from Week 13]
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Southgate (13)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Southtown (10)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Spring Mall (11)

1987-01-16 … THE MISSION… Spring Mall (7)
1987-03-06 … LETHAL WEAPON … Spring Mall (14)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Brookfield Square (8)

1989-04-28 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … West Point (13)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Northtown (12)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Spring Mall (12)

1991-08-30 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Northtown (1)
1991-09-06 … THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI … Northtown (1)
1991-09-06 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … West Point (1)
1991-09-13 … THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI … West Point (1)
1991-09-13 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Northtown (1)
1991-09-20 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Northtown (1)
1991-09-20 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … West Point (1)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Northtown (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Northtown (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Southtown (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Northtown (10)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Southtown (8)
1992-12-04 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Paradise (3 days)

1993-10-29 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Paradise (2 days)
1993-11-19 … GETTYSBURG … Northtown (4)

1994-12-09 … MY FAIR LADY … Paradise (3 days)

1995-07-08 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Paradise
1995-08-25 … BEN-HUR … Paradise (1)

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

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK …Majestic (2+)

2018-11-20 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Oriental

2019-03-08 … WONDER WOMAN … Oriental
2019-10-03 … JOKER … Oriental (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, The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Motion Picture Exhibitor, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Andy Helmkamp (Oriental Theatre) and Milwaukee Public Library.

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