70mm Presentations in Flint, MI, USA
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1963-Present
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Black Cauldron" sneak preview advert, Flint Journal, 19th July 1985
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film
presentations in the Flint region of Michigan, 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
Eastland Mall / Courtland Center
South Dort Drive-In
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]
1963-12-26 … EL CID … South Dort Drive-In (1)
1964-04-22 … SPARTACUS … South Dort Drive-In (1)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Eastland (18)
1980-06-20 … CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC … Flint (2)
1981-05-08 … SLEEPING BEAUTY / THE BLACK HOLE … Showcase (1)
1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Showcase (5)
1982-07-09 … TRON … Flint (5) [70mm from Week 4]
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Flint (25)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Showcase (4)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Flint (14)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eastland (9)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Flint (sneak preview)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Flint (3)
1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Showcase (sneak preview)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Showcase (8)
1986-07-11 … TOP GUN … Eastland (19) [venue re-named Courtland during run]
1989-11-17 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Courtland (2)
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 a 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor
negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In such cases, any 35mm portion of the
engagement has been included in the duration figure.
References: Various issues of Boxoffice, Flint Journal, Motion Picture
Exhibitor, and Variety; plus projection and sound system trade advertisements
and installation records.
Special Thanks: Diane Donham (Library of Michigan) and Desirée Sharland
(Thompson Library, University of Michigan-Flint).
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
consider emailing the
author or editor.
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