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“Can-Can”: The North American Todd-AO Engagements
“The greatest show in Todd-AO!”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 27.06.2019
The following is a reference / historical listing of the Todd-AO large-format presentations of Cole Porter’s “Can-Can” in the United States and Canada. These were the earliest and best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

The presentations cited in this work (except where noted otherwise) were “hard ticket” roadshow engagements and were special, long-running, showcase presentations in major cities prior to the film being exhibited as a general release. Much like a stage production, these featured advanced admission pricing, reserved seating, an overture/intermission/entr’acte/exit music, and an average of only ten scheduled screenings per week. Souvenir program booklet were sold, as well.

Prints utilized during the film’s roadshow release were 70mm with discrete magnetic six-channel stereophonic sound and were typically projected onto large, curved screens.

The world premiere of “Can-Can” was held March 9th at the Sheridan in Miami Beach.

Out of the hundreds of films released during 1960, “Can-Can” was among only eight given deluxe roadshow treatment and among only five released with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The 20th Century-Fox release was directed by Walter Lang and starred Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jordan.

The reserved-seat policy, in some instances, was relaxed during the latter weeks of the run. Any non-roadshow portion of such an engagement has been included in the duration figure.

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks)

1960-03-09 … Miami Beach, FL — Sheridan (36)
1960-03-09 … New York, NY — Rivoli (33)
1960-03-10 … Los Angeles, CA — Carthay Circle (32)
1960-03-23 … Boston, MA — Gary (17)
1960-03-30 … Toronto, ON — Tivoli (32)

1960-04-13 … Denver, CO — Aladdin (22)
1960-04-14 … Salt Lake City, UT — Villa (19)
1960-04-19 … Chicago, IL — Palace (28)
1960-04-27 … Montreal, QC — Seville (22)

1960-05-03 … Philadelphia, PA — Midtown (25)
1960-05-04 … Pittsburgh, PA — Nixon (14)
1960-05-05 … Buffalo, NY — Century (9)
1960-05-06 … Dallas, TX — Esquire (15)
1960-05-11 … Houston, TX — Rivoli (10)
1960-05-17 … Honolulu, HI — Kuhio (7) [seating unreserved]
1960-05-18 … St. Louis, MO — Ambassador (9)
1960-05-20 … San Francisco, CA — Alexandria (20)
1960-05-25 … Baltimore, MD — Mayfair (22)
1960-05-25 … Cleveland, OH — Palace (13)
1960-05-25 … Washington, DC — Uptown (19)
 
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1960-06-01 … San Diego, CA — Loma (17)
1960-06-02 … Detroit, MI — Madison (20)
1960-06-08 … Oklahoma City, OK — State (13)
1960-06-15 … Calgary, AB — Capitol (6)
1960-06-15 … Edmonton, AB — Paramount (6)
1960-06-15 … Minneapolis, MN — Century (9)
1960-06-15 … Rochester, NY — Monroe (19)
1960-06-15 … Vancouver, BC — Strand (9)
1960-06-16 … Kansas City, MO — Brookside (15)
1960-06-17 … Phoenix, AZ — Vista (15)
1960-06-23 … Cincinnati, OH — Valley (17)
1960-06-23 … Memphis, TN — Crosstown (4)
1960-06-23 … Syracuse, NY — Eckel (18)
1960-06-29 … Jacksonville, FL — 5 Points (7)
1960-06-29 … Portland, OR — Hollywood (13)
1960-06-29 … Seattle, WA — Paramount (8)
1960-06-29 … Tampa, FL — Park (10)
1960-06-29 … Winnipeg, MB — Metropolitan (7)

1960-07-07 … Richmond, VA — Westhampton (14)
1960-07-07 … Shreveport, LA — Saenger (7)
1960-07-07 … Springfield, MA — Arcade (6)
1960-07-15 … Little Rock, AR — Capitol (5)
1960-07-21 … Corpus Christi, TX — Tower (4)
1960-07-27 … Milwaukee, WI — Towne (9)
1960-07-29 … Atlanta, GA — Rhodes (16)

1960-09-15 … Nashville, TN — Crescent (5)
1960-09-16 … St. Louis Park, MN — Park (8) [reserved seating on smoking loge]
1960-09-20 … Upper Montclair, NJ — Bellevue (15)
1960-09-28 … Bronxville, NY — Bronxville (?)
1960-09-29 … St. Petersburg, FL — Center (8)
1960-09-30 … Birmingham, AL — Ritz (?)

1960-10-26 … Ottawa, ON — Nelson (2)
1960-10-27 … Lexington, KY — Strand (3)
1960-10-28 … Louisville, KY — Brown (12)

1960-11-03 … Asbury Park, NJ — St. James (5)
1960-11-09 … Indianapolis, IN — Lyric (9)
1960-11-10 … Hartford, CT — Strand (4) [seating unreserved]

The 35mm general release commenced in staggered rollout form during autumn 1960.

TODD-AO / ROADSHOW PLAYDATES UNDETERMINED
Atlantic City
Fort Wayne
Tulsa

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS (general release / unreserved seating)

1960-10-26 … Los Angeles, CA — Vogue (7)
1960-10-26 … Pasadena, CA — United Artists (8)

1961-03-08 … Redondo Beach, CA — Strand (1)
1961-05-03 … Anaheim, CA — Brookhurst (1)

1962-01-31 … San Diego, CA — Midway Drive-In (1)

1963-12-04 … Philadelphia, PA — Orleans (1)

1976-09-17 … Little Rock, AR — Cinema 150 (1) [70mm fest]

The information included in this article has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel and Kenneth Mitchell, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project.

International Todd-AO presentations of this title have not been accounted for in this article.

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