“The Bridge on the River Kwai”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“The entertainment that defies comparison with any other.”
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 20.08.2022|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter re-release engagements of “The Bridge on the River Kwai” in North America. |
The Sam Spiegel production and Columbia release was directed by David Lean (“Lawrence of Arabia,” “Doctor Zhivago,” “Ryan’s Daughter”) and starred William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa. The film was originally released in 1957 in CinemaScope. The 70mm blow-up re-issue was originally made for international territories in the early 1970s.
The 70mm prints of “Kwai” featured magnetic mono audio and full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm.
Opening/screening date YYYY-MM-DD … locale — cinema (duration in weeks) [notes]
1991-04-19 … Seattle, WA — Guild 45th Twin (?)
1991-09-06 … Milwaukee, WI — Northtown 8 (1) [70mm festival]
1991-09-13 … Brookfield, WI — West Point 8 (1) [70mm festival]
1991-08-23 … Washington, DC — Uptown (1) [70mm festival]
1991-10-04 … Richmond, VA — Ridge 7 (1) [70mm festival]
1995-10-14 … Long Beach, CA — CSULB Carpenter Center [Wide Screen festival]
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, and print enclosures. Special thanks to David Ayers, Bill Kallay and Bill Kretzel.
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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