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

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 06.03.2023
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in Anchorage, Alaska, 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 emphasis 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

Alaska Experience

Valley River

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]

1966-09-21 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Fireweed (12)

1968-??-?? … GONE WITH THE WIND … Fireweed (?)
1968-??-?? … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Fireweed (?)

1969-??-?? … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Fireweed (?)

1970-??-?? … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Fireweed (?)

1971-07-01 … SONG OF NORWAY … Fireweed (2)

1974-11-19 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Fireweed (1)
1974-11-24 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Fireweed (2)

1983-06-03 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Polar (24)
1983-11-18 … BRAINSTORM … Polar (2)

1984-02-17 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Polar (8)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Polar (16)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Polar (6)

1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … University (10)

1986-08-15 … TOP GUN … Valley River (16)

1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Fireweed (17)
1989-06-23 … BATMAN … University (17)

Note that some of the titles included in this chronology may have been presented in 35mm 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.

References: Various issues of Anchorage Daily News, Boxoffice, The Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Exhibitor, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Anchorage Public Library, ZJ Loussac Public Library

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