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70mm Presentations in Hartford
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1957-Present

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 02.10.2021
‘South Pacific’ Hartford premiere advert, Hartford Courant, 25th January 1959

What follows is a chronology of 70-millimeter six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the greater Hartford region of Connecticut, 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

BERLIN
Showcase Cinemas

BRISTOL
Bristol 8

EAST HARTFORD
Showcase Cinemas

HARTFORD
Cinerama
Cinestudio (Trinity College)
Strand

WEST HARTFORD
Elm
Palace & Odyssey

WETHERSFIELD
Cine Webb

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)

1957-07-30 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Strand (15)

1959-02-10 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Strand (11)
1959-11-10 … THE BIG FISHERMAN … Strand (4)

1960-02-17 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Strand (3)
1960-03-09 … PORGY AND BESS … Strand (3)
1960-05-19 … BEN-HUR* … Strand (25)
1960-11-10 … CAN-CAN … Strand (4)

1961-03-29 … THE ALAMO … Strand (3)
1961-05-16 … EXODUS* … Strand (10)
1961-06-28 … SPARTACUS … Elm (14)

1962-04-10 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Strand (21)
1962-06-13 … OKLAHOMA! … Elm (2)
1962-08-01 … EL CID … Elm (10)

1963-04-11 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Strand (11)
1963-05-28 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Elm (16)

1964-03-25 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Cinerama (31)
1964-10-29 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Cinerama (23)

1965-04-07 … MY FAIR LADY* … Cine Webb (29)
1965-06-23 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Elm (77)
1965-07-01 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Cinerama (16)
1965-12-22 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Cinerama (20)

1966-02-02 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Strand (8)
1966-05-11 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Cinerama (15)
1966-05-24 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Strand (37)
1966-08-24 … THE BATLE FOR KHARTOUM* … Cinerama (10)
1966-11-02 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Cinerama (15)

1967-02-14 … HAWAII* … Cine Webb (21) [70mm?]
1967-02-15 … GRAND PRIX* … Cinerama (31)
1967-02-21 … THE BIBLE* … Elm (16)
1967-06-28 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Elm (25) 70
1967-09-20 … RUSSIAN ADVENTURE* … Cinerama (6)
1967-11-01 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Cinerama (33)
1967-12-20 … CAMELOT* … Cine Webb (18)

1968-02-14 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Elm (14)
1968-06-19 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Cinerama (26)
1968-12-18 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Cinerama (17)

1969-01-22 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Strand (7)
1969-02-05 … STAR!* … Elm (7)
1969-04-16 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Cinerama (11)
1969-05-22 … SWEET CHARITY* … Elm (7)
1969-07-02 … BEN-HUR* … Cinerama (16)
1969-08-05 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Cine Webb (6)
1969-12-17 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Cinerama (13)

1970-03-10 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Elm (20)
1970-04-22 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Strand (2)
1970-05-15 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cine Webb (2)
1970-12-21 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Cinerama (17)

1971-02-24 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Cine Webb (18)
1971-05-28 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Cinerama (4)

1972-02-16 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … Cinerama (38) [70mm?]
1972-02-16 … HOUSE OF WAX … Strand (2) [3-D]
1972-11-15 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Cinerama (1)
1972-11-22 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cinerama (3)
1972-12-13 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Cinerama (1)

1973-02-07 … MAN OF LA MANCHA* … Cinerama (9) [70mm?]
1973-06-06 … CAMELOT … Elm (3)
1973-10-31 … SONG OF NORWAY … Cinerama (1)
1973-11-14 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY … Cinerama (1)
1973-11-21 … CUSTER OF THE WEST … Cinerama (2)

1974-10-30 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Showcase East Hartford (4)
1974-12-25 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Cinerama (6)

1975-02-05 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Cinerama (4)
1975-04-23 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cinerama (1)
1975-04-30 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Cinerama (1)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Showcase East Hartford (11)
1979-10-05 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Showcase East Hartford (4)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Showcase East Hartford (30)

1982-03-05 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Showcase East Hartford (5)

1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Showcase East Hartford (4)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Showcase East Hartford (12)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Showcase East Hartford (8)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Showcase East Hartford (6)

1985-06-28 … COCOON … Showcase East Hartford (7)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Showcase East Hartford (2)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Showcase East Hartford (9)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Showcase East Hartford (sneak preview)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Showcase East Hartford (25)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Showcase East Hartford (12)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES… Showcase East Hartford (9)

1988-06-10 … THE PRESIDIO … Showcase East Hartford (4)

1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Showcase East Hartford (10)
1989-06-09 … STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER … Showcase East Hartford (4)
1989-11-19 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Cinestudio (1)

1990-04-08 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Cinestudio (3 days)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Showcase East Hartford (7)

1991-05-24 … BACKDRAFT … Showcase East Hartford (6)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase East Hartford (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase East Hartford (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase Berlin (8)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase East Hartford (8)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Showcase Berlin (4)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Showcase East Hartford (3)

1994-02-27 … BARAKA … Cinestudio (3 days)
1994-03-06 … GETTYSBURG … Cinestudio (3 days)
1994-03-09 … SHORT CUTS … Cinestudio (4 days)
1994-11-10 … MY FAIR LADY … Cinestudio (3 days)

1995-09-03 … THE WILD BUNCH … Cinestudio (2 days)

1996-12-22 … BARAKA … Cinestudio (3 days)

1997-01-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cinestudio (4 days)
1997-03-19 … VERTIGO … Cinestudio (4 days)
1997-04-27 … HAMLET … Cinestudio (3 days)
1997-10-15 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Cinestudio (4 days)
1997-12-17 … BARAKA … Cinestudio (1)

1998-09-30 … TITANIC … Cinestudio (4 days)

1999-08-08 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Cinestudio (2 days)

2002-02-13 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cinestudio (1)

2003-12-17 … BARAKA … Cinestudio (1)

2007-12-19 … BARAKA … Cinestudio (5 days)

2008-12-20 … BARAKA … Cinestudio

2011-12-14 … BARAKA … Cinestudio

2015-12-18 … BARAKA … Cinestudio

2016-12-16 … BARAKA … Cinestudio (2 days)

2017-10-01 … DUNKIRK … Cinestudio
2017-12-03 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cinestudio (4 days)

2018-07-13 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cinestudio (1)
2018-07-20 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Cinestudio (1)
2018-11-29 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Cinestudio (3 days)

2019-01-23 … ROMA … Cinestudio (4 days)

????-??-?? … INTERSTELLAR … Cinestudio
????-??-?? … SPARTACUS … Cinestudio

Note that some of the titles included in this chronology may have been 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 Hartford Courant, Motion Picture Exhibitor, Variety, and projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Stephen Rice (Connecticut State Library)

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