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70mm Presentations in Pittsburgh
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 Pittsburgh metropolitan area of Pennsylvania, 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

BETHAL PARK
Village

McCANDLESS
Showcase Cinemas North

MONROEVILLE
Monroe
Showcase Cinemas East

NORTH VERSAILLES
Eastland

PITTSBURGH
Fulton
Kings Court
Manor
Nixon
North Hills
Penn
Squirrel Hill
Warner

ROBINSON
Showcase Cinemas West

SOUTH PARK
Fair Ground Drive-In

WEST HOMESTEAD
Waterfront / Waterfront 22

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)

m/o = continuation of a booking from another cinema

1956-06-14 … OKLAHOMA!* … Nixon (24)

1957-04-11 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Nixon (38)

1958-04-07 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Nixon (26)

1959-03-06 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Nixon (9)
1959-10-08 … THE BIG FISHERMAN* … Warner (10)
1959-12-25 … PORGY AND BESS* … Nixon (8)
1959-12-25 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Penn (5)

1960-01-20 … BEN-HUR* … Warner (48)
1960-05-04 … CAN-CAN* … Nixon (14)
1960-12-22 … SPARTACUS* … Nixon (12)
1960-12-23 … THE ALAMO … Warner (11)

1961-03-08 … EXODUS* … Warner (16)
1961-11-09 … KING OF KINGS* … Warner (12)

1962-02-08 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Nixon (32)
1962-02-28 … EL CID* … Fulton (15)
1962-12-13 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Nixon (16)

1963-04-04 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Nixon (3)
1963-05-02 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Fulton m/o (7 [10])
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Penn (26)
1963-12-18 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Warner (28)

1964-05-20 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE* … Nixon (7)
1964-07-01 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Warner (8)
1964-12-23 … MY FAIR LADY* … Squirrel Hill (52)

1965-03-10 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Warner (19)
1965-04-07 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Nixon (106)
1965-07-20 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Warner (12)
1965-08-11 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Kings Court (28)
1965-10-06 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD … Monroe (3)
1965-10-06 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD … North Hills (3)
1965-12-23 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Squirrel Hill (8)

1966-01-12 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Warner (15)
1966-02-04 … MY FAIR LADY … Eastland (5)
1966-03-23 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Squirrel Hill (47)
1966-04-26 … RUSSIAN ADVENTURE* … Warner (6)
1966-07-14 … KHARTOUM* … Warner (7)
1966-10-19 … THE BIBLE* … Warner (33)

1967-06-14 … GRAND PRIX* … Warner (19)
1967-10-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Warner (33)
1967-11-08 … CAMELOT* … Squirrel Hill (24)
1967-11-15 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Nixon (8)

1968-02-13 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Manor (23)
1968-06-10 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Squirrel Hill m/o (10 [43])
1968-06-12 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Warner (22)
1968-11-13 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Warner (13)
1968-12-18 … STAR!* … Manor (9)
1968-12-25 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Fulton (9)
1968-12-25 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Nixon (7)

1969-02-12 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Warner (13)
1969-03-21 … SWEET CHARITY* … Nixon (13)
1969-07-01 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Squirrel Hill (5)
1969-08-06 … BEN-HUR* … Warner (9)
1969-11-05 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Squirrel Hill (14)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Warner (28)

1970-01-21 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Fulton (5)
1970-03-04 … PATTON* … Nixon (16)
1970-05-20 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Squirrel Hill (5)

1971-04-07 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Kings Court (4+)

1972-10-11 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Warner (1)
1972-10-18 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Warner (1)
1972-10-25 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Warner (1)
1972-11-01 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Warner (1)

1973-03-28 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Fulton (8)

1974-09-25 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Warner (3)

1976-06-23 … LOGAN’S RUN … Warner (7)

1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Warner (13)

1978-09-13 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Fulton (1)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Showcase East (10)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Showcase West (9)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Warner (10)
1979-11-16 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Showcase East (3)
1979-11-16 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Showcase West (3)
1979-11-16 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Village (4)
1979-12-21 … THE BLACK HOLE … Warner (6)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Showcase East (17)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Showcase North (18)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Showcase West (30)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Warner (16)

1981-01-30 … ALTERED STATES … Warner (sneak preview)
1981-02-06 … ALTERED STATES … Warner (4)

1982-04-09 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Showcase East (7)
1982-04-09 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Showcase North (5)
1982-04-09 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Showcase West (5)
1982-04-09 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Warner (4)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN …Warner (5)
1982-07-09 … TRON … Warner (3)
1982-09-10 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Warner (1)

1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Fulton (4)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Showcase East (4)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Showcase North (4)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Showcase East (8)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Showcase West (8)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Showcase North (7)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … North Hills (7)

1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … North Hills (5)

1989-06-02 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … North Hills (4)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase East (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase East (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase West (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase East (4+)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase West (4+)

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

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Waterfront (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, Motion Picture Exhibitor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Press, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

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