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

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 02.10.2021
"The Alamo" world premiere advert, San Antonio Express, 24th October 1960

What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in San Antonio, Texas, 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

Bandera
Broadway
Embassy
Fox
Galaxy
North Star Mall
Northwest
Palladium
Rivercenter IMAX
Westlakes
Wonder
Woodlawn

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)

1956-10-25 … OKLAHOMA!* … Broadway (15)

1957-01-10 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Broadway (34)

1959-02-27 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Broadway (5)

1960-05-13 … BEN-HUR* … Broadway (22)
1960-10-24 … THE ALAMO* … Woodlawn (26)

1961-03-29 … EXODUS* … Broadway (7)
1961-05-25 … SPARTACUS* … Woodlawn (12)

1962-02-08 … EL CID* … Woodlawn (10)
1962-04-11 … WEST SIDE STORY … Broadway (11) [70mm?]
1962-06-07 … OKLAHOMA!* … Woodlawn (2) [reserved seats Mon-Fri]

1963-03-21 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY … Broadway (8)
1963-05-30 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Woodlawn (9)
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Broadway (19)

1964-11-11 … MY FAIR LADY* … Broadway (25)

1965-04-07 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … North Star Mall (82)

1966-06-09 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Woodlawn (20)
1966-10-12 … THE BIBLE* … Broadway (16)

1967-02-15 … HAWAII* … Wonder (11) [70mm?]
1967-03-01 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Woodlawn (13)
1967-11-01 … GONE WITH THE WIND** … North Star Mall (23)
1967-11-22 … CAMELOT* … Wonder (16)

1968-02-21 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Woodlawn (4)
1968-03-15 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Broadway (9)
1968-07-17 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … North Star Mall (18)
1968-12-25 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … North Star Mall (9) [70mm?]

1969-02-20 … STAR!* … Broadway (4)
1969-02-26 … FUNNY GIRL* … North Star Mall (24) [70mm?]
1969-05-23 … SWEET CHARITY* … Broadway (5)
1969-07-18 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Woodlawn (4)
1969-08-13 … OLIVER!* … North Star Mall (14) [70mm?]
1969-09-11 … SOUTH PACIFIC … Woodlawn (2)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Broadway (15)
1969-12-25 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Fox (13)

1970-04-30 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Woodlawn (2)

1971-03-10 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Fox (9)
1971-10-22 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Broadway (1)

1974-09-06 … EXODUS … Woodlawn (1)
1974-11-27 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Woodlawn (1)

1980-11-28 … THE ROSE … Broadway (1)

1982-06-18 … ANNIE … Northwest (22) [70mm during weeks 12-14]
1982-07-09 … TRON … Northwest (11)
1982-07-16 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Galaxy (3)
1982-10-13 … STAR TREK II / DRAGONSLAYER … Galaxy (4 days) [fest]
1982-10-22 … BLADE RUNNER / OUTLAND … Galaxy (2 days) [fest]
1982-10-24 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Galaxy (3 days) [fest]
1982-10-27 … POLTERGEIST … Galaxy (2 days) [fest]
1982-10-29 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Galaxy (2 days) [fest]
1982-10-31 … QUEST FOR FIRE / ALIEN … Galaxy (3 days) [fest]
1982-11-05 … THE BLACK HOLE … Galaxy (1)
1982-11-19 … TRON … Galaxy (3)

1983-02-11 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER … Northwest (3)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Northwest (29)
1983-07-15 … STAYING ALIVE … Galaxy (10)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Northwest (10)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Galaxy (14)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Northwest (16)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Northwest (7)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Galaxy (8)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Northwest (8)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Northwest (9)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Westlakes (10)

1985-08-02 … STAR WARS … Galaxy (1)
1985-08-02 … STAR WARS … Northwest (1)
1985-08-02 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Galaxy (1)
1985-08-02 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Northwest (1)
1985-08-02 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Galaxy (1)
1985-08-02 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Northwest (1)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Galaxy (11)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Northwest (11)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN …Northwest (sneak preview)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Galaxy (31)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Northwest (26)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Northwest (14)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Galaxy (11)
1986-12-25 … THE MISSION… Northwest (9)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Galaxy (7)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Northwest (6)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Westlakes (7) [70mm from Week 5]
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Galaxy (12)
1987-11-13 … THE RUNNING MAN … Northwest (9)
1987-11-13 … THE RUNNING MAN … Westlakes (9) [70mm from Week 3]

1989-02-03 … TOP GUN … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1989-02-10 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1989-02-17 … ALIENS … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1989-02-24 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1989-03-03 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1989-03-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1989-03-17 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1989-03-24 … DIE HARD … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Embassy (21) [70mm from Week 5]
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Galaxy (13)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Northwest (16)
1989-06-07 … WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT … Rivercenter IMAX (3)
1989-06-16 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Embassy (8)
1989-06-22 … BATMAN … Bandera (17)
1989-06-22 … BATMAN … Galaxy (18)
1989-06-30 … STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER … Rivercenter IMAX (5)
1989-08-04 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Rivercenter IMAX (9)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … Northwest (11) [70mm from Week 10]
1989-10-06 … BATMAN … Rivercenter IMAX (9)
1989-12-08 … LETHAL WEAPON 2 … Rivercenter IMAX (7)

1990-01-26 … THE ABYSS … Rivercenter IMAX (14)
1990-05-04 … BLACK RAIN … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1990-05-11 … THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER … Rivercenter IMAX (19)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Bandera (8)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Embassy (9)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Galaxy (8)
1990-07-18 … ARACHNOPHOBIA … Northwest (8)
1990-09-21 … TOTAL RECALL … Rivercenter IMAX (4)
1990-10-19 … DAYS OF THUNDER … Rivercenter IMAX (5)
1990-11-21 … MEMPHIS BELLE … Rivercenter IMAX (9)

1991-01-25 … TOP GUN … Rivercenter IMAX (2)
1991-02-08 … THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER … Rivercenter IMAX (2)
1991-02-22 … ALIENS … Rivercenter IMAX (2)
1991-03-08 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Rivercenter IMAX (2)
1991-03-22 … DIE HARD 2 … Rivercenter IMAX (2)
1991-04-05 … THE ABYSS … Rivercenter IMAX (2)
1991-04-19 … THE GODFATHER PART III … Rivercenter IMAX (1)
1991-04-26 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Rivercenter IMAX (4)
1991-05-24 … THE DOORS … Rivercenter IMAX (5)
1991-10-04 … BACKDRAFT … Rivercenter IMAX (4)
1991-11-01 … TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY … Rivercenter IMAX (13)

1992-01-31 … STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY … Rivercenter IMAX (23)
1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Northwest (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Embassy (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Galaxy (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Northwest (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Embassy (9)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Galaxy (8)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Northwest (11)
1992-07-10 … PATRIOT GAMES … Rivercenter IMAX (10)
1992-09-18 … HOWARDS END … Embassy (2)
1992-09-18 … LETHAL WEAPON 3 … Rivercenter IMAX (5)
1992-10-23 … FAR AND AWAY … Rivercenter IMAX (2)
1992-11-25 … THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS … Rivercenter IMAX (1+)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Embassy (4)

1993 (?)
1994 (?)
1995 (?)
1996 (?)
1997 (?)
1998 (?)
1999 (?)
2000 (?)
2001 (?)
2002 (?)
2003 (?)
2004 (?)
2005 (?)
2006 (?)
2007 (?)
2008 (?)
2009 (?)
2010 (?)
2011 (?)
2012 (?)
2013 (?)
2014 (?)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Palladium (1+)

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Palladium (1+)

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 Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Exhibitor, San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Light, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Andrew D. Crews (San Antonio Public Library) and Texas State Library and Archives.

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