“Mackenna’s Gold”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “Mackenna’s Gold” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints
featured discrete six-channel stereophonic sound and full-frame imagery sourced
from a mixture of 65mm photography and 35mm blow-up footage.
“Mackenna’s Gold” was among nine confirmed first-run films released in 1969 with
70mm prints for selected engagements. The Carl Foreman production and Columbia
release was directed by J. Lee Thompson and starred Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif
and Telly Savalas.
The film’s North American premiere was held in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 10th,
1969. (Despite being an American production, the film was released in several
international locales prior to the United States and Canada.) These were
continuous performance, general release bookings (i.e. not roadshow).
Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks)
1969-05-10 … Phoenix, AZ — Chris-Town (7)
1969-05-28 … Denver, CO — Cooper (7)
1969-06-18 … Chicago, IL — Chicago (3)
1969-06-18 … New York, NY — Orpheum (3)
1969-06-18 … New York, NY — State II (5)
1969-06-25 … Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Loew’s (6)
1969-06-25 … San Francisco, CA — United Artists (7)
1969-07-11 … Toronto, ON — Carlton (4)
This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade
publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel.
Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but 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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