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70mm Presentations in Wichita, USA
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1960-Present

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Compiled by: Michael Coate & Joel Weide Date: 07.02.2022
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in Wichita, Kansas, 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

Mall Cinema
Northrock
Sunset
Twin Lakes
Uptown

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)

1960-10-27 … CAN-CAN* … Sunset (6)

1961-05-03 … EXODUS* … Sunset (4)
1961-06-01 … SPARTACUS … Sunset (13)

1964-02-19 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Uptown (30)
1964-09-16 … BECKET* … Uptown (4)
1964-10-14 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Uptown (13)

1965-04-14 … MY FAIR LADY* … Sunset (26)
1965-05-28 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Uptown (5)
1965-07-02 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Uptown (18)
1965-11-03 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Uptown (16)

1966-02-23 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Uptown (13)
1966-04-06 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Sunset (10)
1966-05-25 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN… … Uptown (7)
1966-07-13 … KHARTOUM* … Uptown (10)

1967-01-25 … RUSSIAN ADVENTURE* … Uptown (5)
1967-02-15 … HAWAII* … Sunset (15) [70mm?]
1967-03-01 … GRAND PRIX* … Uptown (17)
1967-05-31 … THE BIBLE* … Sunset (17)
1967-09-27 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Sunset (7)
1967-11-15 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Sunset (27)

1968-05-29 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Uptown (3)
1968-06-19 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Uptown (15)
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Uptown (13)

1969-03-19 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Uptown (10)
1969-05-28 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN … Uptown (4)
1969-06-12 … SWEET CHARITY* … Sunset (7)
1969-11-19 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Uptown (3)
1969-12-25 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Sunset (14)

1970-07-08 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Uptown (4)
1970-09-16 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Uptown (6)
1970-10-28 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Uptown (3)
1970-11-18 … BEN-HUR … Uptown (3)
1970-12-23 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Uptown (3)

1971-01-13 … WEST SIDE STORY … Uptown (2)
1971-01-27 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY … Uptown (1)
1971-02-10 … THE SLEEPING BEAUTY … Uptown (1) [Kirov Ballet]
1971-02-17 … SOUTH PACIFIC … Uptown (1)
1971-02-24 … PATTON … Uptown (3)
1971-04-09 … MY FAIR LADY … Uptown (3)
1971-06-16 … SONG OF NORWAY … Uptown (11)
1971-08-11 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Sunset (1)
1971-08-18 … SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS … Sunset (1)
1971-08-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Sunset (1)
1971-09-01 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Sunset (2)
1971-09-15 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Sunset (2)
1971-09-29 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD … Uptown (2)
1971-10-13 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … Uptown (1)
1971-10-20 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Uptown (1)
1971-10-27 … PATTON … Uptown (1)
1971-11-03 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG … Uptown (1)
1971-11-10 … CLEOPATRA … Uptown (1)
1971-11-17 … HELLO, DOLLY! … Uptown (1)
1971-11-24 … WEST SIDE STORY … Uptown (2)
1971-12-08 … TORA! TORA! TORA! … Uptown (1)
1971-12-15 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE … Uptown (1)
1971-12-22 … THE BIBLE … Uptown (1)

1975-08-27 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Uptown (3)
1975-09-17 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Uptown (2)
1975-10-01 … SONG OF NORWAY … Uptown (1)
1975-10-08 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Uptown (2)
1975-10-22 … THE TOWERING INFERNO … Uptown (2)
1975-11-05 … WEST SIDE STORY … Uptown (2)
1975-11-19 … THE WIND AND THE LION … Uptown (1)
1975-11-26 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD … Uptown (1)
1975-12-24 … CAMELOT … Uptown (1)
1975-12-31 … CAN-CAN … Uptown (1)

1976-01-07 … THE SAND PEBBLES … Uptown (1)
1976-01-14 … HELLO, DOLLY! … Uptown (1)
1976-01-21 … CLEOPATRA … Uptown (1)
1976-01-28 … PANORAMA BLUE … Uptown (2)
1976-02-11 … ROLLERBALL … Uptown (1)
1976-02-18 … CAMELOT … Uptown (2)
1976-03-03 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY … Uptown (1)
1976-03-10 … TORA! TORA! TORA! … Uptown (1)
1976-03-17 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY … Uptown (1)
1976-03-24 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE … Uptown (1)
1976-03-24 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Twin Lakes (1)
1976-03-31 … THE BIBLE … Uptown (1)

1977-09-16 … THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH … Twin Lakes [Fri/Sat midnight]

1978-11-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Twin Lakes (2) Fri/Sat midnight]

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Mall (22)
1980-12-26 … JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR … Mall [Fri-Tues midnight]

1981-05-01 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Twin Lakes (2)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Mall (8)
1981-05-29 … CAMELOT … Twin Lakes (2)
1981-05-29 … ALTERED STATES … Mall (11) [Fri/Sat midnight]

1982-08-27 … THE EXORCIST … Mall (3) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1982-10-08 … POLTERGEIST … Mall (3) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1982-10-29 … THE THING … Mall (2) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1982-11-05 … TRON … Twin Lakes (1)
1982-11-12 … FAME … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]
1982-11-26 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Mall (2) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1982-12-10 … SUPERMAN II … Mall (1)
1982-12-31 … DRAGONSLAYER … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]

1983-01-14 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Mall (3) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1983-02-25 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Mall (2) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1983-03-18 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER … Mall [Fri-Sat midnight]
1983-04-01 … JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]
1983-04-22 … THE DARK CRYSTAL … Mall [Fri-Sat midnight]
1983-05-13 … ALIEN … Mall [Fri-Sat midnight]
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Mall (18) [70mm from Week 2]
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Twin Lakes (21) [70mm from Week 2]
1983-07-01 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (5) … Mall [Fri-Sat midnight]
1983-09-09 … THE EXORCIST … Mall (2) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Mall (6)
1983-10-21 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Mall (2) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1983-11-25 … BLADE RUNNER … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]

1984-02-24 … BRAINSTORM … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]
1984-03-23 … A STAR IS BORN … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]
1984-04-20 … JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]
1984-04-27 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Mall (2) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Mall (12)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Twin Lakes (17)
1984-06-15 … ALTERED STATES … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]
1984-06-22 … THE ROAD WARRIOR … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]
1984-10-26 … THE EXORCIST … Mall [midnight]
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Twin Lakes (8)

1985-02-22 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Mall (2) [midnight]
1985-03-08 … 2010 … Mall [midnight]
1985-09-13 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]
1985-09-20 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Mall (1)
1985-09-27 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Mall (1)
1985-10-04 … AMADEUS … Mall (1)

1989-10-06 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Twin Lakes (2)

1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Northrock (15)
1990-10-12 … MEMPHIS BELLE … Northrock (10) [70mm from Week 6]

1991-08-30 … BACKDRAFT … Mall (3)

1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Northrock (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Northrock (9)

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, Variety, and The Wichita Eagle; plus projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Wichita Public Library.

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