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“Sleeping Beauty”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Wondrous to see…in fabulous new Technirama 70. Glorious to hear … in full stereophonic sound. A magnificent new motion picture from Walt Disney!”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate, Hollywood, USA Date: 08.04.2010
Updated 01.06.2021
Commemorating the golden anniversary of the release of Walt Disney’s animated production of “Sleeping Beauty”, I’ve put together a list of the film’s original roadshow* bookings. These were the first cinemas anywhere to play the film and, for the most part, the only ones to showcase the film in 70mm and stereophonic sound. This article is a celebration of the famous and long-gone cinemas in which the film played as much as it is a celebration of the classic film.

(*Officially, “Sleeping Beauty” was not a roadshow release since screenings were continuous and seats were not reserved. Many moviegoers and historians, however, tend to remember the film as a roadshow because the film was booked initially as a 70mm exclusive in roadshow markets.)

These original “Sleeping Beauty” presentations included the CinemaScope short film “Grand Canyon”. (The general-release showings, in some situations, included a different short and/or was double-billed with another feature.)

The bookings are listed chronologically by premiere date (day.month.year). These engagements ran an average of 8-12 weeks, with 17 being the longest that I tracked.
 
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Sleeping Beauty” was among five confirmed first-run films released in 1959 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Walt Disney production and Buena Vista release — directed by Clyde Geronimi (Supervising Director) and Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman and Les Clark (Sequence Directors) — premiered January 29th and followed with a staggered rollout. (The film’s 35mm general release commenced during the summer months of 1959.)

The original 70mm prints of “Sleeping Beauty” featured letterboxed imagery sourced from Technirama Large Aperture Successive Exposure photography and six-track stereophonic sound. The film’s re-release 70mm prints featured full-frame imagery.

The original 1959 presentations of “Sleeping Beauty” included the CinemaScope short “Grand Canyon.” Short subject(s) and trailer(s), if any, during the film’s numerous re-releases varied by venue and screening.

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

1959-01-29 … Beverly Hills, CA — Fox Wilshire (17)
1959-02-11 … San Francisco, CA — Coronet (8)
1959-02-12 … Boston, MA — Gary (8)
1959-02-12 … Chicago, IL — State Lake (13)
1959-02-12 … Dallas, TX — Tower (7)
1959-02-12 … Miami Beach, FL — Sheridan (8)
1959-02-17 … New York, NY — Criterion (13)
1959-02-18 … Baltimore, MD — New (8)
1959-02-18 … Buffalo, NY — Century (6)
1959-02-18 … Oklahoma City, OK — State (6)
1959-02-18 … Rochester, NY — Monroe* (9)
1959-02-18 … Washington, DC — Uptown (11)
1959-02-19 … Houston, TX — Tower (10)
1959-02-19 … Seattle, WA — Blue Mouse (7)
1959-02-20 … Syracuse, NY — Eckel* (8)
1959-02-25 … New Orleans, LA — Panorama (7)
1959-02-27 … San Antonio, TX — Broadway (5)
1959-03-04 … Detroit, MI — United Artists (9)
1959-03-04 … Richmond, VA — Willow Lawn (8)
1959-03-05 … Minneapolis, MN — Academy (6)
1959-03-06 … Pittsburgh, PA — Nixon (9)
1959-03-06 … Portland, OR — Broadway (5)
1959-03-12 … Shreveport, LA — Saenger (5)
1959-03-13 … Atlanta, GA — Roxy (6)
1959-03-13 … Louisville, KY — Brown (6)
1959-03-18 … Philadelphia, PA — Goldman (7)
1959-03-19 … Columbus, OH — Cinestage (9)
1959-03-20 … Corpus Christi, TX — Tower (3)
1959-03-20 … Dayton, OH — McCook (10)
1959-03-20 … Denver, CO — Centre (6)
1959-03-20 … Honolulu, HI — Queen (6)
1959-03-20 … Little Rock, AR — Capitol (3)
1959-03-20 … San Diego, CA — Capri (8)
1959-03-25 … Providence, RI — Elmwood (4+)
1959-03-26 … Cincinnati, OH — Valley (6)
1959-03-26 … Kansas City, MO — Brookside (11)
1959-03-27 … Indianapolis, IN — Lyric (6)
1959-04-15 … Tampa, FL — Britton (5)
1959-06-03 … Salt Lake City, UT — Villa (9)
1959-06-12 … Norfolk, VA — Memrose (4+)
1959-06-12 … Phoenix, AZ — Fox (4)
1959-06-12 … St. Louis, MO — Pageant (14)
1959-06-19 … Jacksonville, FL — 5 Points (4+)
1959-06-19 … Milwaukee, WI — Strand (8)
1959-06-20 … Omaha, NE — State (5)
1959-07-01 … Memphis, TN — Crosstown (4+)
1959-07-01 … Utica, NY — Uptown (4+)
1959-07-02 … Lexington, KY — Strand (4+)
1959-??-?? … Atlantic City, NJ — Center or Virginia
1959-??-?? … Fort Wayne, IN — Clyde
1959-??-?? … Tulsa, OK — Rialto or Ritz

* reserved seating during weekday evening screenings

1972-11-18 … Los Angeles, CA — Chinese [FILMEX]

1979-05-04 … Seattle, WA — Crest 70 (10)
1979-05-25 … Penfield, NY — Panorama (3)
1979-08-29 … Spokane, WA — Lincoln Heights Triplex (7)
1979-09-28 … Bay Shore, NY — Bay Shore (3)
1979-09-28 … Boston, MA — Cheri Triplex (4)
1979-09-28 … Upper Montclair, NJ — Bellevue (3)
1979-10-05 … DeWitt, NY — Shoppingtown Twin (3)
1979-10-05 … East Hartford, CT — Showcase 6-plex (4)
1979-10-05 … Niagara Falls, ON — Pyramid Place (1+)
1979-10-05 … Peoria, IL — Beverly (4)
1979-10-05 … West Springfield, MA — Palace Twin (4)
1979-10-17 … Columbia Heights, MN — Apache 4-plex (8)
1979-10-17 … Oklahoma City, OK — Quail Twin (6)
1979-10-19 … Creve Coeur, MO — Creve Coeur (3)
1979-10-19 … Dallas, TX — Northpark West Twin (3)
1979-10-24 … Indianapolis, IN — Eastwood (6)
1979-10-24 … Omaha, NE — Cinema Center 4-plex (6)
1979-11-02 … Beaverton, OR — Valley Triplex (7)
1979-11-02 … Calumet City, IL — River Oaks 4-plex (1)
1979-11-02 … Chicago, IL — McClurg Court (1)
1979-11-02 … Claymont, DE — Eric Tri-State Mall Triplex (6)
1979-11-02 … Feasterville, PA — Eric (7)
1979-11-02 … King of Prussia, PA — Eric King Twin (7)
1979-11-02 … Lawrenceville, NJ — Eric Twin (6)
1979-11-02 … Little Rock, AR — Cinema 150 (6)
1979-11-02 … Montgomeryville, PA — Eric Triplex (7)
1979-11-02 … Northbrook, IL — Edens Twin (3)
1979-11-02 … Pennsauken, NJ — Eric Triplex (7)
1979-11-02 … Philadelphia, PA — Mark I (8)
1979-11-02 … Portland, OR — Rose Moyer 6-plex (6)
1979-11-02 … San Diego, CA — Loma (6)
1979-11-02 … Schaumburg, IL — Woodfield 4-plex (1)
1979-11-07 … Louisville, KY — Showcase 9-plex (6)
1979-11-09 … Costa Mesa, CA — South Coast Plaza Triplex (5)
1979-11-09 … Honolulu, HI — Royal (4)
1979-11-09 … Los Angeles, CA — Chinese Triplex (4)
1979-11-09 … Milan, IL — Showcase 7-plex (5)
1979-11-09 … Montclair, CA — Montclair Triplex (6)
1979-11-09 … Sacramento, CA — Century 6-plex (6)
1979-11-09 … San Francisco, CA — Alexandria (10)
1979-11-09 … San Jose, CA — Century 22 Triplex (4+)
1979-11-16 … Bethel Park, PA — Village (4)
1979-11-16 … Charlotte, NC — Capri Twin (5)
1979-11-16 … Houston, TX — Gaylynn Terrace (4)
1979-11-16 … Metairie, LA — Lakeside 4-plex (5)
1979-11-16 … Monroeville, PA — Showcase East 5-plex (3)
1979-11-16 … North Miami Beach, FL — 167th Street Twin (4)
1979-11-16 … Robinson, PA — Showcase West 5-plex (3)
1979-11-16 … Towson, MD — Hillendale Twin (5)
1979-11-16 … Vienna, VA — Tysons (5)
1979-11-16 … Washington, DC — Tenley Circle Twin (5)
1979-12-21 … Houston, TX — Windsor Twin (4)
1979-12-21 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (17 days) [70mm fest]

1980-01-30 … Carmel, IN — Woodland Twin (1)
1980-04-11 … Los Angeles, CA — Cinerama Dome (5) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1980-04-12 … Cleveland, OH — CWRU Strosacker [CWRU Film Society]
1980-04-25 … Fox Point, WI — Brown Port (1)
1980-06-20 … San Francisco, CA — Market Street (1) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1980-08-01 … Los Angeles, CA — Picwood (2) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1980-09-19 … Spokane, WA — River Park Square Twin (2) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1980-11-26 … Cincinnati, OH — Carousel Twin (3)
1980-11-26 … San Diego, CA — La Jolla Village 4-plex (1) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1980-12-03 … Carmel, IN — Woodland Twin (1) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1980-12-20 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (23 days) [70mm fest]

1981-03-27 … Costa Mesa, CA — South Coast Plaza Triplex (4) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1981-03-27 … Los Angeles, CA — Century Plaza Twin (2) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1981-03-27 … Los Angeles, CA — Chinese Triplex (2) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1981-03-27 … San Francisco, CA — Northpoint (3)
1981-04-03 … Indianapolis, IN — Eastwood (1) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1981-04-24 … Las Vegas, NV — Fox (4) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1981-04-24 … Salt Lake City, UT — Villa (1)
1981-05-01 … Kansas City, MO — Bannister Mall 5-plex (2)
1981-05-01 … Kansas City, MO — Midland/Empire 7-plex (1)
1981-05-01 … Omaha, NE — Indian Hills Twin (4)
1981-05-01 … Overland Park, KS — Glenwood Twin (3)
1981-05-01 … Sacramento, CA — Century 6-plex (2) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1981-05-01 … Tucson, AZ — El Dorado Twin (3)
1981-05-08 … Bloomingdale, IL — Stratford Square 4-plex (2)
1981-05-08 … Calumet City, IL — River Oaks 6-plex (1)
1981-05-08 … Evergreen Park, IL — Evergreen Triplex (1)
1981-05-08 … Hillside Square, IL — Hillside 4-plex (1)
1981-05-08 … Niles, IL — Gold Mill Triplex (1)
1981-05-08 … Norridge, IL — Norridge 4-plex (1)
1981-05-08 … Orange, CA — Cinedome 6-plex (1) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1981-05-08 … Phoenix, AZ — Chris-Town 5-plex (2) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1981-05-08 … Skokie, IL — Old Orchard Triplex (1)
1981-05-08 … West Allis, WI — Southtown Triplex (2)
1981-05-22 … La Mesa, CA — Cinema Grossmont (1) [w/ “The Black Hole”]
1981-05-22 … La Mirada, CA — La Mirada Mall 6-plex (1)
1981-05-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Sherman Oaks Galleria 4-plex (1)
1981-05-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Warner Center 6-plex (1)
1981-05-22 … Montclair, CA — Montclair Triplex (3)
1981-05-22 … Torrance, CA — Del Amo 6-plex (1)
1981-05-25 … Los Angeles, CA — Century Plaza Twin (2)
1981-06-12 … Windsor, ON — Centre (1)

1982-12-23 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (11 days) [70mm fest]

1986-03-07 … Montreal, QC — Imperial (5)
1986-03-07 … Toronto, ON — University (4)
1986-03-21 … Chicago, IL — Esquire (2)
1986-03-21 … New York, NY — Embassy 1 (4)
1986-03-21 … Sacramento, CA — Century 6-plex (3)
1986-03-21 … San Francisco, CA — Galaxy 4-plex (4) [THX]
1986-03-28 … Vancouver, BC — Stanley (3)
1986-04-04 … Chicago, IL — Carnegie (1)
1986-04-11 … Montreal, QC — York (2)
1986-05-23 … Downers Grove, IL — Tivoli (2) [w/ “Out of Africa”]

1988-11-11 … Los Angeles, CA — Cinerama Dome [venue 25th anniversary fest]
1988-11-12 … Los Angeles, CA — Cinerama Dome [venue 25th anniversary fest]

1997-11-01 … Long Beach, CA — CSULB Carpenter Center [Wide Screen Fest]

“Sleeping Beauty”, 25. August 2002 at the El Capitan on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA. Image by Richard Greenhalgh.

2002-01-12 … Los Angeles, CA — El Capitan [Disney’s Saturday Morning Movies]
2002-08-22 … Los Angeles, CA — El Capitan (2)

2004-01-25 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm fest]

2012-07-16 … Beverly Hills, CA — Samuel Goldwyn [70mm fest]

2016-09-18 … Somerville, MA — Somerville 6-plex [70mm & wide screen fest]
2016-10-15 … Tucson, AZ — The Loft (2 days)
2016-12-11 … Portland, OR — Hollywood

2017-07-07 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm fest]
2017-07-08 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm fest]
2017-07-10 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm fest]
2017-08-27 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2017-09-02 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]

North American roadshow markets that played “Sleeping Beauty” only in its 35mm general-release version (despite having at the time at least one 70mm-equipped venue) included Cleveland, OH; Hartford, CT; Montreal, QC; Sacramento, CA; Toledo, OH; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC, and Youngstown, OH.

The 35mm nationwide general release began in June 1959. The first international playdates began in July 1959. The film was re-issued during 1970, 1979, 1986 and 1995.

This article was compiled primarily by referencing film industry trade publications and newspaper promotion.

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Jerry Alexander, Claude Ayakawa, Jim Barg, Larry Blake, Raymond Caple, Mark Huffstetler, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Rick Mitchell, John Sittig, Bob Throop, Vince Young.

International 70mm engagements 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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