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CINERAMA and large-frame motion picture exhibition in Canada 1954-1974

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The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Bill Kretzel, Ottawa, Canada Date: 15.10.2002. Revised 15 August 2011
These lists record data for cinemas in Canada presenting films in CINERAMA, VistaVision, the various 70mm processes (Todd-AO, Super Panavision, Super Technirama, Ultra Panavision, post-1963 ‘CINERAMA’) and IMAX commencing with the initial 20-year period when large-frame exhibition was introduced to the Canadian market.

The 10 cities where these cinemas were/are located - Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Quebec City, London, Hamilton - are listed in chronological order by date of first large-frame print screening. Likewise, the cinemas within each market are ordered according to the commencement of large-frame release engagements, and dates when these venues subsequently closed or altered mode of operation are specified. A local CinemaScope premiere date - which was, in fact, the first occasion when a ‘widescreen’ motion picture was exhibited in each city - is also included.

Additional lists chronicle playdates in the four largest Canadian urban centres - Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa/Gatineau (Hull) - for 70mm exhibition after 1974 and for stereophonic 35mm exhibition between 1953 and 1982 (including the introduction of Dolby SVA), as well as for stereoscopic exhibition in 1953/54. Also recorded are installations of anamorphic widescreen projection (CinemaScope, Superscope, Panavision),and Dolby Six-Track Stereo / DTS 70mm capability in cinemas in these four markets.

IMAX playdates in thirteen Canadian centres have been tracked on a continuing basis.

Finally, a listing of Canadian-produced motion pictures which were exhibited in 70mm widescreen.

This data has been compiled principally by consulting advertisements appearing in daily newspapers as preserved on microfilm - and will therefore reflect any inaccuracy and imprecision recorded in the source material.

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KEY DATES

CINERAMA world premiere: NEW YORK-BROADWAY, 30 September 1952

CinemaScope world premiere: NEW YORK-ROXY, 16 September 1953

CinemaScope Canadian premiere: TORONTO-IMPERIAL, 22 October 1953

VistaVision world premiere: NEW YORK-RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL 14 October 1954

CINERAMA Canadian premiere: MONTREAL-IMPERIAL, 27 December 1954

VistaVision Canadian premiere: TORONTO-IMPERIAL, 20 May 1955

Todd-AO world premiere: NEW YORK-RIVOLI, 13 October 1955

Todd-AO Canadian premiere: TORONTO-TIVOLI, 25 April 1956

IMAX world premiere: OSAKA-Fuji Group Pavilion/Expo 70 15 March 1970

IMAX North American premiere: TORONTO-CINESPHERE, 22 May 1971
 
 
NOTATIONS

# exhibition of large-frame print not explicitly / 
consistently promoted in newspaper advertising

* non-reserved seating engagement
 
 
TORONTO - IMPERIAL (Famous Players)
"In VistaVision on Canada's Largest Screen"

3,206-seat
1954---------------------------
Nov 05 - White Christmas + VistaVision visits Norway *
Dec 24 - 3 Ring Circus *
1955---------------------------
Jan 07 - commence regular engagements
May 20 - Strategic Air Command + VistaVision visits Mexico *
Jun 17 - commence regular engagements
Jul 01 - The Seven Little Foys *
Jul 29 - commence regular engagements
Aug 27 - To Catch a Thief + Visit Japan *
Sep 30 - commence regular engagements
---(subsequent exhibition of 8 perf. 35mm prints unlikely)---
Nov 04 - You're Never Too Young #* - to 24no55
Dec 23 - Artists and Models #* - to 12ja56
1956---------------------------
Jan 13 - The Desperate Hours #* - to 26ja56
Apr 18 - The Court Jester #* - to 08my56
Jun 06 - The Searchers #* - to 20je56
Aug 31 - Pardners #* - to 13se56
Oct 05 - War and Peace #* - to 27no56
Dec 21 - Hollywood or Bust #* - to 10ja57
1957---------------------------
Mar 15 - The Rainmaker #* - to 27mr57
May 03 - The Buster Keaton Story #* - to 09my57
Jun 01 - Gun Fight at the OK Corral #* - to 18je57
Jul 09 - The Delicate Delinquent #* - to 25jl57
Oct 10 - The Joker is Wild #* - to 07no57
Dec 25 - The Sad Sack #* - to 14ja58
1958---------------------------
Jun 04 - Vertigo #* - to 30je58
Jul 08 - King Creole #* - to 17jl58
Aug 21 - Rock-A-Bye-Baby #* - to 04se58
Oct 24 - Houseboat #* - to 13no58
Dec 18 - The Geisha Boy + Wonders of Puerto Rico #* - to 13ja59
1972---------------------------
Sep 05 - closed (multiplexed)
TORONTO - TIVOLI (Famous Players)
"The Home of Todd-AO"

1955---------------------------
May 30 - closed
1956---------------------------
Apr 25 - Oklahoma! (+ The Miracle of Todd-AO)
1957---------------------------
Aug 07 - Around the World in 80 Days
1958---------------------------
Jul 09 - South Pacific (+ The March of Todd-AO)
1959---------------------------
Aug 13 - Porgy and Bess
1960---------------------------
Jan 29 - The Big Fisherman #*
Feb 19 - Around the World in 80 Days *
Mar 30 - Can-Can
Nov 09 - The Alamo
1961---------------------------
Mar 22 - Exodus
Aug 04 - commence regular engagements
Dec 21 - El Cid
1962---------------------------
May 17 - West Side Story #
Dec 21 - commence regular engagements
1963---------------------------
Dec 20 - The Cardinal #
1964---------------------------
Apr 24 - commence regular engagements
Jun 12 - Oklahoma! *
Jul 01 - West Side Story *
Jul 22 - Can-Can *
Jul 29 - commence regular engagements
Nov 01 - closed
 
TORONTO - UNIVERSITY (Famous Players)
"The only theatre in Ontario that can or will show CINERAMA"

1,382-seat
1957---------------------------
Sep 25 - closed
Oct 24 - This is CINERAMA
1958---------------------------
Apr 08 - CINERAMA Holiday
Jul 22 - Seven Wonders of the World
Nov 25 - South Seas Adventure
1959---------------------------
Mar 15 - closed
May 22 - commence regular engagements
Dec 06 - closed
Dec 23 - Ben-Hur
1961---------------------------
May 05 - commence regular engagements
Oct 26 - King of Kings
1962---------------------------
Jan 18 - commence regular engagements
Nov 28 - Mutiny on the Bounty
1963---------------------------
Jun 26 - Cleopatra
1964---------------------------
Mar 27 - The Fall of the Roman Empire #
Jun 12 - commence regular engagements
Sep 11 - Mediterranean Holiday #
Oct 28 - My Fair Lady
1965---------------------------
Dec 25 - The Agony and the Ecstasy
1966---------------------------
Apr 06 - Doctor Zhivago #
Oct 18 - Hawaii #
1967---------------------------
May 30 - Thoroughly Modern Millie #
Dec 20 - Camelot
1968---------------------------
May 24 - commence regular engagements
Nov 06 - Star!
1969---------------------------
Apr 03 - Sweet Charity #
Jul 04 - commence regular engagements
Oct 30 - Paint Your Wagon
1970---------------------------
Mar 11 - Patton
May 29 - How the West was Won #*
Jul 03 - commence regular engagements
Oct 08 - Tora! Tora! Tora! #
Dec 25 - Ryan's Daughter #
1971---------------------------
Jun 23 - Waterloo #*
Sep 24 - commence regular engagements
Nov 10 - Fiddler on the Roof #
1972---------------------------
Dec 13 - Man of La Mancha #
1973---------------------------
Mar 09 - commence regular engagements
Jun 29 - Jesus Christ Superstar #*
Dec 26 - commence regular engagements
1974---------------------------
Oct 11 - 2001: A Space Odyssey *
Nov 15 - commence regular engagements
1986---------------------------
Sep 13 - closed
TORONTO - EGLINTON (Famous Players)
"The Only Cinemiracle Theatre in Canada"
846-seat

1960---------------------------
Dec 19 - closed
Dec 23 - Windjammer
1961---------------------------
Dec 22 - Holiday in Spain
1962---------------------------
May 04 - This is CINERAMA
May 25 - Seven Wonders of the World
Jun 15 - South Seas Adventure
Jul 06 - Windjammer
Aug 15 - The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
1963---------------------------
Jan 10 - The Best of CINERAMA
Mar 28 - How The West Was Won
Dec 15 - closed
Dec 25 - commence regular engagements
1964---------------------------
Mar 09 - closed
Mar 18 - Becket
Oct 28 - Mediterranean Holiday #
Dec 16 - commence regular engagements
1965---------------------------
Jan 12 - closed
Mar 10 - The Sound of Music
1967---------------------------
Dec 22 - Doctor Dolittle #
1968---------------------------
Jul 19 - commence regular engagements
Oct 23 - Finian's Rainbow #
1969---------------------------
Jan 29 - commence regular engagements
Jul 25 - Krakatoa East of Java
Sep 24 - commence regular engagements
Dec 17 - Hello Dolly #
1970---------------------------
Jun 26 - Darling Lili #*
Sep 25 - South Pacific #*
Oct 08 - commence regular engagements
Nov 06 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Nov 20 - Scrooge #*
1971---------------------------
Jan 15 - Mediterranean Holiday #*
Jan 27 - commence regular engagements
Mar 19 - My Fair Lady *
Jun 11 - commence regular engagements
Jul 23 - Hello Dolly *
Aug 27 - commence regular engagements
Nov 26 - Scrooge #*
Dec 26 - commence regular engagements
1973---------------------------
Mar 16 - The Sound of Music *
Oct 05 - commence regular engagements
Dec 26 - Jesus Christ Superstar #*
1974---------------------------
Jun 26 - That's Entertainment *
Dec 26 - commence regular engagements
2002---------------------------
Mar 22 - closed
 
TORONTO - UPTOWN (Loew's)
2,268-seat

1960---------------------------
Dec 22 - Spartacus
1961---------------------------
Apr 27 - commence regular engagements
1965---------------------------
Nov 05 - The Hallelujah Trail #*
Nov 19 - commence regular engagements
1967---------------------------
Oct 18 - Gone With the Wind
1968---------------------------
Apr 12 - commence regular engagements
Nov 20 - The Shoes of the Fisherman #
1969---------------------------
Feb 26 - Ben-Hur
May 30 - commence regular engagements
Sep 05 - closed (multiplexing)
Dec 25 - reopen: UPTOWN 1 - 922-seat (20th Century Theatres)
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips #
1970---------------------------
Mar 26 - Woodstock #*
Nov 06 - commence regular engagements
1972---------------------------
Mar 31 - The Concert for Bangladesh *
Apr 28 - commence regular engagements
TORONTO - CARLTON (Odeon)
"The Nation's Largest, Newest 70mm Showplace"

2,186-seat
1962---------------------------
Oct 04 - Barabbas ("North American premiere")
Dec 20 - commence regular engagements
1963---------------------------
Jan 30 - Lawrence of Arabia
Jul 03 - commence regular engagements
Dec 20 - It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
1964---------------------------
Apr 23 - commence regular engagements
Jul 29 - Circus World
Sep 03 - commence regular engagements
1965---------------------------
Mar 31 - The Greatest Story Ever Told
May 20 - commence regular engagements
1969---------------------------
Jan 23 - Oliver! #
May 29 - commence regular engagements
Jul 11 - McKenna's Gold *
Aug 08 - commence regular engagements
1970---------------------------
Mar 20 - Airport #*
Jul 10 - commence regular engagements
Dec 18 - Cromwell #*
1971---------------------------
Feb 12 - commence regular engagements
Apr 07 - Lawrence of Arabia #*
May 27 - commence regular engagements
1972---------------------------
Dec 22 - The Poseidon Adventure *
1973---------------------------
Mar 16 - Lost Horizon #*
May 11 - commence regular engagements
Sep 28 - closed
 
TORONTO - FAIRLAWN (Odeon)
"North Toronto's Luxury Theatre"
1,164-seat

1963---------------------------
Jul 03 - Lawrence of Arabia
Dec 02 - commence regular engagements
1965---------------------------
Mar 10 - Lord Jim
Jun 29 - Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines
1966---------------------------
Jun 16 - commence regular engagements
Jul 21 - The Blue Max #
Nov 10 - commence regular engagements
1968---------------------------
Feb 28 - Half a Sixpence #
May 09 - commence regular engagements
Oct 03 - Funny Girl #
1970---------------------------
Jan 23 - commence regular engagements
Feb 11 - Marooned #
Mar 20 - Anne of the Thousand Days #*
Aug 14 - commence regular engagements
1971---------------------------
May 27 - Lawrence of Arabia #*
Jun 25 - commence regular engagements
Oct 22 - Ryan's Daughter #*
Nov 26 - commence regular engagements
1971---------------------------
Feb 02 - Nicholas and Alexandra #
Jun 02 - commence regular engagements
1976---------------------------
Aug 30 - closed (twinned)
TORONTO - NORTOWN (Famous Players)
958-seat

1965---------------------------
Feb 15 - closed (operated by 20th Century Theatres to 22de64)
Feb 18 - The Sleeping Beauty - Kirov Ballet 
("North American premiere")
Mar 26 - commence regular engagements
Dec 25 - My Fair Lady
1966---------------------------
Feb 10 - commence regular engagements
Apr 05 - The Agony and the Ecstasy
Apr 27 - commence regular engagements
Oct 17 - Doctor Zhivago #
1967---------------------------
Dec 22 - Thoroughly Modern Millie #
1968---------------------------
Mar 01 - commence regular engagements
Apr 26 - Gone With the Wind
Jul 19 - commence regular engagements
Dec 19 - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang #
1969---------------------------
Apr 18 - commence regular engagements
1970---------------------------
Mar 11 - Paint Your Wagon #
Apr 17 - commence regular engagements
May 29 - Patton
Jun 26 - commence regular engagements
Oct 09 - South Pacific #*
Oct 30 - commence regular engagements
Nov 20 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Dec 22 - commence regular engagements
1971---------------------------
Jun 11 - My Fair Lady *
Jun 25 - commence regular engagements
Oct 29 - Far from the Madding Crowd #*
Nov 05 - commence regular engagements
1973---------------------------
Nov 22 - closed
 
TORONTO - GLENDALE (20th Century)
"Toronto's Exclusive CINERAMA Theatre"

704-seat
1965---------------------------
Jun 14 - closed
Jul 14 - The Hallelujah Trail
Sep 29 - The Greatest Story Ever Told
Nov 24 - commence regular engagements
Dec 22 - Battle of the Bulge
1966---------------------------
Mar 31 - CINERAMA's Russian Adventure
Jun 07 - commence regular engagements
Jun 22 - Khartoum
Oct 06 - commence regular engagements
Nov 10 - Is Paris Burning #
1967---------------------------
Jan 25 - Grand Prix
Nov 02 - Far from the Madding Crowd
1968---------------------------
Apr 11 - commence regular engagements
May 30 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
1970---------------------------
Nov 04 - Song of Norway
1971---------------------------
Apr 08 - commence regular engagements
Jun 04 - Gone with the Wind *
Jun 30 - commence regular engagements
Aug 13 - Cleopatra * ("Showcase Series")
Aug 20 - Grand Prix *
Aug 27 - 2001: A Space Odyssey *
Oct 14 - Far from the Madding Crowd *
Oct 29 - My Fair Lady *
Nov 05 - Doctor Zhivago *
Dec 24 - Windjammer #*
1972---------------------------
Jan 21 - commence regular engagements
Nov 02 - The Great Waltz
1973---------------------------
Mar 09 - Man of La Mancha #*
Apr 06 - commence regular engagements
Apr 20 - This is CINERAMA
Jun 08 - Camelot #*
Jun 15 - 2001: A Space Odyssey #*
Jun 29 - commence regular engagements
1975---------------------------
Apr 01 - closed



TORONTO - TD CENTRE (Famous Players)
690-seat
1967---------------------------
Oct 28 - commence regular engagements
1971---------------------------
Jun 25 - Ryan's Daughter #*
Oct 08 - commence regular engagements
1978---------------------------
Oct 23 - closed
TORONTO - CINESPHERE (Ontario Place)
800-seat

1971---------------------------
May 21 - North of Superior * (IMAX) - to 11oc71
May 25 - Seasons in the Mind * - to 06se71
Aug 05 - A Place to Stand * - to 06se71
Sep 07 - Festival * - to 11oc71
Oct 29 - Lawrence of Arabia ("Classic Movie Series")
Nov 05 - Ben-Hur
Nov 12 - Grand Prix
Nov 19 - Hello Dolly
Dec 03 - Gone with the Wind
Dec 10 - 2001: A Space Odyssey - to 30de71
1972---------------------------
Jan 07 - My Fair Lady
Jan 21 - Cleopatra
Jan 28 - Camelot
Feb 11 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Feb 25 - Doctor Zhivago
Mar 17 - Ben-Hur
Mar 24 - Gone with the Wind - to 02ar72
Apr 25 - 2001: A Space Odyssey - to 08je72
May 20 - North of Superior * (IMAX) - to 09oc72
May 20 - Seasons in the Mind * - to 15je72
Jun 09 - Ryan's Daughter - to 22je72
Jun 16 - A Place to Stand * - to 30je72
Jun 23 - Song of Norway - to 29je72
Jul 01 - Labyrinth III * (IMAX) - to 22se72
Sep 23 - Labyrinth IV * (IMAX) - to 09oc72
1973---------------------------
May 19 - Catch the Sun * (IMAX) - to 17au73
Aug 15 - North of Superior * (IMAX) - to 03se73
Sep 08 - Catch the Sun * (IMAX) - to 06ja74
Nov 04 - Volcano + North of Superior * (IMAX) - to 06ja74
1974---------------------------
May 08 - Snow Job + Volcano * (IMAX) - to 05ja75
Oct 20 - Catch the Sun * (IMAX) - to 05ja75


TORONTO - MISC. PLAYDATES
1953---------------------------
Oct 22 - The Robe - IMPERIAL
1960---------------------------
Apr 07 - Behind the Great Wall "AromaRama" - TOWNE
1961---------------------------
Mar 26 - The Door in the Wall "Dynamic Frame" - TOWNE
 
MONTREAL - ALOUETTE (Consolidated Amusement/Famous Players)
"The Home of Todd-AO"

996-seat
1956---------------------------
May 04 - closed
May 11 - Oklahoma! (+ The Miracle of Todd-AO)
1957---------------------------
Jan 04 - Oklahoma! (version francaise) #
Mar 01 - Around the World in 80 Days
1958---------------------------
Jan 03 - Around the World in 80 Days (version francaise) *
Mar 21 - commence regular engagements
Apr 25 - South Pacific (+ The March of Todd-AO)
1959---------------------------
Mar 05 - commence regular engagements
May 22 - South Pacific
Jun 26 - commence regular engagements
Oct 09 - Around the World in 80 Days (version francaise)
Dec 17 - Ben-Hur
1960---------------------------
Dec 22 - Spartacus
1961---------------------------
May 25 - Exodus
Nov 02 - King of Kings
1962---------------------------
Feb 22 - West Side Story #
Sep 27 - commence regular engagements
Nov 22 - Mutiny on the Bounty
1963---------------------------
May 01 - commence regular engagements
Jun 26 - Cleopatra
1964---------------------------
Feb 28 - commence regular engagements
Mar 27 - The Fall of the Roman Empire #
Jun 19 - commence regular engagements
Oct 09 - Oklahoma! *
Oct 28 - My Fair Lady
1965---------------------------
Nov 25 - The Sleeping Beauty - Kirov Ballet
Dec 26 - The Agony and the Ecstacy
1966---------------------------
Feb 18 - commence regular engagements
Mar 31 - Doctor Zhivago #
Oct 25 - Hawaii #
1967---------------------------
Apr 13 - Thoroughly Modern Millie #
Oct 25 - Gone with the Wind
1968---------------------------
Apr 04 - Doctor Dolittle #
Jul 19 - commence regular engagements
Nov 27 - Doctor Zhivago #*
Dec 05 - Doctor Zhivago (version francaise) #*
Dec 19 - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang #
1969---------------------------
Feb 27 - War and Peace I & II #
Apr 10 - The Shoes of the Fisherman #*
May 01 - 2001: A Space Odyssey #*
Jun 05 - Camelot #*
Jun 12 - Doctor Zhivago #*
Jun 19 - commence regular engagements
Oct 30 - Paint Your Wagon
1970---------------------------
Jan 15 - commence regular engagements
Mar 11 - Patton #
May 08 - commence regular engagements
Jun 26 - How the West was Won #*
Jul 03 - commence regular engagements
1973---------------------------
Jun 01 - This is CINERAMA *
Jul 06 - commence regular engagements
1974---------------------------
Jan 11 - rename: LE PIGALLE
1976---------------------------
Jul 30 - closed
MONTREAL - IMPERIAL
‘Le premier theatre CINERAMA au Canada’
1,875-seat / 28x63 ft. screen
1954---------------------------

Nov 09 venue closed

Dec 27 This is CINERAMA

1956---------------------------

Apr 05 CINERAMA Holiday

1957---------------------------

Apr 03 Seven Wonders of the World

1958---------------------------

Jun 03 This is CINERAMA (version francaise)

Sep 21 Cinerama Holiday (version francaise)

Nov 16 Seven Wonders of the World (version francaise)

Dec 23 Search for Paradise

1959---------------------------

May 05 South Seas Adventure

1960---------------------------

Feb 23 Windjammer

Jul 12 This is CINERAMA

Dec 25 CINERAMA Holiday

1961---------------------------

Apr 01 Seven Wonders of the World

Jun 06 South Seas Adventure

Nov 13 Search for Paradise - to 12fe62

1962---------------------------

Feb 15 35mm engagement (Judgment at Nuremberg)

May 02 Windjammer

May 24 Holiday in Spain

Aug 08 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

1963---------------------------

Jan 17 The Best of CINERAMA

Mar 27 How The West Was Won

Nov 21 The Best of CINERAMA

Dec 09 venue closed - to 17de63

Dec 18 It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

1965---------------------------

Jan 27 Circus World

May 27 print ad: ‘A Beacon Theatre’ - to 17je70

Jun 30 The Hallelujah Trail

Oct 05 The Greatest Story Ever Told

1966---------------------------

Feb 01 Battle of the Bulge

Jun 22 Khartoum

Nov 02 CINERAMA’s Russian Adventure

1967---------------------------

May 24 Grand Prix

1968---------------------------

Feb 01 Custer of the West

Apr 24 Mediterranean Holiday #

May 29 2001: A Space Odyssey

Nov 13 Ice Station Zebra

1969---------------------------

Feb 26 Ben-Hur

Jul 02 Krakatoa East of Java

Oct 08 Mediterranean Holiday #

1970---------------------------

Jan 28 CINERAMA’s Russian Adventure

Apr 08 2001: A Space Odyssey

Jun 19 Ben-Hur

Jul 03 Hello Dolly (version francaise)

Dec 11 venue closed

1971---------------------------

Jan 01 reopen; commence regular engagements

1974---------------------------

Mar 25 venue closed (twin conversion)

Apr 26 reopen; commence regular engagements

May 24 rename: CINE-CENTRE 1 & 2

May 31 commence twin exhibition

1977---------------------------

Mar 04 rename: CINEMA X

Jun 06 venue closed

Aug 20 reopen/rename: IMPERIAL 1 & 2

[host Festival des films du monde - to 28au77]

Oct 07 commence repertory programming

1978---------------------------

Feb 03 venue closed

1979---------------------------

Apr 17 reopen; theatrical venue

restored to single auditorium

Jul 16 venue closed

1981---------------------------

Jun 12 reopen; first-run programming

(Cinemas Unis/Famous Players)

1994---------------------------

Nov 13 venue closed

1995---------------------------

Jan 31 announce ownership transfer to

Festival des films du monde

Jun 02 reopen: festival/event/special series/repertory venue

2002---------------------------

Sep 03 venue closed (renovation)

2004---------------------------

Jun 17 reopen: festival/event/special series venue


 
MONTREAL - SEVILLE (United Theatres)
1,148-seat
1959---------------------------
Oct 29 - closed
Nov 06 - The Big Fisherman
1960---------------------------
Jan 01 - Solomon and Sheba
Feb 19 - Porgy and Bess
Apr 27 - Can-Can
Sep 28 - commence regular engagements
Nov 10 - The Alamo
1961---------------------------
Feb 09 - commence regular engagements
Dec 21 - El Cid
1962---------------------------
May 03 - Oklahoma!
Jun 07 - commence regular engagements
1963---------------------------
Mar 20 - Lawrence of Arabia
Oct 31 - 55 Days at Peking #
1964---------------------------
Jan 23 - The Cardinal #
May 28 - Becket
Oct 29 - Mediterranean Holiday
Dec 24 - commence regular engagements
1965---------------------------
Mar 18 - The Sound of Music
1967---------------------------
Feb 01 - The Bible #
May 10 - commence regular engagements
Jun 22 - The Sound of Music #*
Oct 06 - commence regular engagements
1968---------------------------
Mar 14 - Half a Sixpence #
Apr 16 - closed
Sep 20 - reopen; commence regular engagements
Dec 19 - The Shoes of the Fisherman #
1969---------------------------
Jan 30 - commence regular engagements
May 22 - Sweet Charity #
Aug 01 - commence regular engagements
1970---------------------------
Jan 22 - War and Peace I & II #*
Feb 05 - commence regular engagements
Mar 27 - Anne of the Thousand Days *
Jun 26 - commence regular engagements
Nov 20 - Scrooge #*
1971---------------------------
Feb 12 - commence regular engagements
1972---------------------------
Nov 10 - The Last Waltz #
1973---------------------------
Mar 02 - Song of Norway #*
Mar 16 - The Sound of Music #*
Jun 08 - Camelot #*
Jun 29 - commence regular engagements
1976---------------------------
Oct 29 - commence repertory programming
1985---------------------------
Nov 01 - closed
MONTREAL - YORK (United Theatres)
830-seat
1966---------------------------
Jun 30 - The Blue Max #
Nov 10 - Is Paris Burning #
1967---------------------------
Feb 01 - The Sound of Music #
Mar 24 - The Sand Pebbles #
Aug 04 - Doctor Zhivago #
Sep 15 - commence regular engagements
1968---------------------------
Jun 07 - Doctor Zhivago #*
Jul 19 - commence regular engagements
1970---------------------------
Apr 24 - Woodstock #*
Oct 09 - commence regular engagements
Dec 18 - Song of Norway #
1971---------------------------
Feb 19 - commence regular engagements
1989---------------------------
Jan 30 - closed




MONTREAL - MISC. PLAYDATES
1953---------------------------
Oct 23 - The Robe - PALACE
1954---------------------------
Nov 26 - White Christmas + VistaVision visits Norway - LOEW'S
 
MONTREAL - WESTMOUNT (Famous Players)
1,141-seat
1967---------------------------
Nov 02 - Camelot #
1968---------------------------
Feb 15 - commence regular engagements
Dec 25 - Finian's Rainbow #
1969---------------------------
Jan 31 - commence regular engagements
Dec 17 - Hello Dolly #
1970---------------------------
May 29 - commence regular engagements
Dec 25 - Ryan's Daughter #
1971---------------------------
Apr 09 - commence regular engagements
1973---------------------------
May 30 - rename: CLAREMONT
1984---------------------------
Mar 12 - closed
MONTREAL - WESTMOUNT SQUARE (Famous Players)
700-seat
1967---------------------------
Dec 22 - commence regular engagements
1968---------------------------
Dec 26 - Star! #
1969---------------------------
Apr 02 - commence regular engagements
Nov 13 - Goodbye, Mr. Chips
1970---------------------------
Feb 06 - commence regular engagements
1974---------------------------
Jul 19 - That's Entertainment *
Nov 01 - commence regular engagements
1988---------------------------
Dec 02 - closed
 
VANCOUVER - STRAND (Famous Players)
"CINERAMA cannot and will not be shown in any other theatre west of Toronto"
1,633-seat
1958---------------------------
Feb 09 - closed
Mar 06 - This is CINERAMA
May 28 - CINERAMA Holiday
Aug 14 - Seven Wonders of the World
Dec 25 - The Search for Paradise
1959---------------------------
Mar 05 - South Seas Adventure
Jun 24 - Windjammer
Oct 22 - This is CINERAMA *
Nov 05 - CINERAMA Holiday *
Nov 12 - Seven Wonders of the World *
Nov 26 - South Seas Adventure *
Dec 10 - The Search for Paradise *
Dec 17 - closed
Dec 25 - commence regular engagements
1960---------------------------
May 06 - Oklahoma! + The Miracle of Todd-AO
Jun 15 - Can-Can
Aug 19 - commence regular engagements
1961---------------------------
Mar 09 - Spartacus
Jul 12 - commence regular engagements
1962---------------------------
Aug 22 - The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
1963---------------------------
Jan 03 - The Best of CINERAMA
Apr 11 - How the West was Won
Nov 14 - Windjammer
1964---------------------------
Feb 19 - Holiday in Spain
Mar 09 - closed
Mar 25 - Becket
Aug 05 - It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Dec 23 - commence regular engagements
1965---------------------------
Sep 17 - The Sleeping Beauty - Kirov Ballet
Oct 07 - commence regular engagements
1967---------------------------
Oct 25 - Gone with the Wind
1968---------------------------
Mar 15 - commence regular engagements
Dec 20 - The Shoes of the Fisherman #
1969---------------------------
Jan 31 - commence regular engagements
Dec 25 - Goodbye Mr. Chips #
1970---------------------------
Mar 19 - commence regular engagements
Dec 25 - Ryan's Daughter #
1971---------------------------
Mar 19 - commence regular engagements
1973---------------------------
Sep 04 - closed



VANCOUVER - STANLEY (Famous Players)
"The Only Todd-AO in Western Canada"
1,042-seat
1958---------------------------
Oct 09 - closed
Nov 05 - South Pacific + The March of Todd-AO
1960---------------------------
Feb 25 - closed
Mar 02 - Ben-Hur
1961---------------------------
Mar 22 - Exodus
Jul 14 - commence regular engagements
Dec 21 - King of Kings #
1962---------------------------
Mar 08 - commence regular engagements
Mar 21 - West Side Story #
Oct 10 - commence regular engagements
Dec 21 - Mutiny on the Bounty #
1963---------------------------
Jun 26 - Cleopatra
1964---------------------------
Apr 15 - Fall of the Roman Empire #
Jun 25 - The Unsinkable Molly Brown #
Oct 28 - My Fair Lady
1966---------------------------
Feb 02 - commence regular engagements
Apr 07 - Doctor Zhivago #
1967---------------------------
Jun 14 - commence regular engagements
Nov 02 - Camelot
1968---------------------------
Mar 07 - commence regular engagements
Dec 25 - Star! #
1969---------------------------
Feb 27 - commence regular engagements
Jun 19 - Ben-Hur #
Aug 07 - commence regular engagements
Oct 30 - Paint Your Wagon
1970---------------------------
Jun 24 - commence regular engagements
1974---------------------------
Jul 24 - That's Entertainment #*
Oct 18 - 2001: A Space Odyssey #*
Dec 06 - commence regular engagements
1991---------------------------
Sep 27 - closed
 
VANCOUVER - ODEON
684-seat
1963---------------------------
Jan 14 - closed ("PLAZA")
Mar 20 - Lawrence of Arabia
Dec 20 - The Cardinal #
1964---------------------------
Feb 26 - commence regular engagements
1965---------------------------
Mar 11 - Lord Jim
May 20 - commence regular engagements
1987---------------------------
Jun 19 - closed



VANCOUVER - CAPITOL (Famous Players)
1,394-seat
1965---------------------------
Dec 15 - closed
Dec 22 - Battle of the Bulge
1966---------------------------
Feb 09 - commence regular engagements
Sep 15 - The Battle for Khartoum
Nov 09 - commence regular engagements
1967---------------------------
Feb 01 - Grand Prix
Apr 19 - commence regular engagements
1968---------------------------
Jun 26 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Oct 04 - commence regular engagements
Nov 14 - Ice Station Zebra
1969---------------------------
Jan 23 - commence regular engagements
Aug 07 - Krakatoa East of Java
Sep 25 - commence regular engagements
1974---------------------------
Dec 01 - closed
 
VANCOUVER - PARK ROYAL (Famous Players)
760-seat
1968---------------------------
Mar 15 - Gone with the Wind
Mar 27 - commence regular engagements
1973---------------------------
Jun 08 - This is CINERAMA * ("not presented on curved screen")
Jun 20 - commence regular engagements
1993---------------------------
Jan 15 - closed



VANCOUVER - MISC. PLAYDATES
1953---------------------------
Oct 29 - The Robe - CAPITOL ("Canada's Largest Screen")
 
OTTAWA - NELSON (20th Century)
799-seat
1959---------------------------
Dec 14 - closed
Dec 25 - Solomon and Sheba ("Canadian premiere")
1960---------------------------
Feb 12 - Porgy and Bess ("Todd-AO Eastern Ontario premiere")
Mar 11 - commence regular engagements
Apr 13 - Ben-Hur
Oct 26 - Can-Can
Nov 09 - commence regular engagements
1961---------------------------
Mar 01 - The Alamo *
Mar 25 - commence regular engagements
May 03 - Exodus #
Jun 21 - commence regular engagements
Jul 06 - Spartacus #*
Aug 24 - commence regular engagements
Nov 10 - Ben-Hur #*
Nov 27 - commence regular engagements
Dec 22 - King of Kings #
1962---------------------------
Feb 01 - commence regular engagements
Feb 28 - El Cid #
May 02 - commence regular engagements
May 16 - Oklahoma! ("First time in Ottawa in Todd-AO")
Jun 06 - commence regular engagements
Jul 18 - West Side Story #*
Sep 05 - commence regular engagements
Dec 24 - Barabbas #*
1963---------------------------
Feb 01 - commence regular engagements
Feb 14 - Mutiny on the Bounty #
May 09 - Lawrence of Arabia #
Oct 03 - Cleopatra
1964---------------------------
Jan 16 - The Cardinal #*
Mar 26 - How the West was Won #*
May 08 - commence regular engagements
Oct 28 - My Fair Lady
1965---------------------------
Jun 30 - The Sound of Music #
1966---------------------------
Jul 20 - Doctor Zhivago #
1967---------------------------
Jan 25 - Is Paris Burning #*
Feb 22 - Hawaii #
Jun 14 - Grand Prix #
Aug 16 - The Sand Pebbles #
Dec 15 - Camelot
1968---------------------------
Feb 21 - Far from the Madding Crowd
Apr 24 - Gone with the Wind
Jul 31 - commence regular engagements
Sep 25 - 2001: A Space Odyssey #
Dec 19 - The Shoes of the Fisherman #
1969---------------------------
Feb 06 - Star! #
Apr 02 - commence regular engagements
Jun 26 - Sweet Charity
Jul 31 - Ben-Hur
Oct 02 - commence regular engagements
Nov 05 - Paint Your Wagon #
1970---------------------------
Jan 14 - commence regular engagements
Feb 04 - Hello Dolly #
May 15 - commence regular engagements
Dec 18 - Song of Norway
1971---------------------------
Feb 19 - commence regular engagements
Apr 30 - Ryan's Daughter #*
Jul 09 - commence regular engagements
1988---------------------------
Sep 19 - closed
Oct 02 - reopen/rename: BYTOWNE
- commence repertory programming

OTTAWA - MISC. PLAYDATES
1953---------------------------
Nov 12 - The Robe - CAPITOL
 
WINNIPEG - GARRICK (Odeon)
"Winnipeg's First 70 Millimeter Presentation"

1107-seat
1960---------------------------
Mar 30 - closed
Apr 11 - Porgy and Bess
Apr 29 - Solomon and Sheba *
May 13 - commence regular enagagements
1961---------------------------
Jul 05 - Exodus #
Aug 09 - commence regular enagagements
Aug 16 - Spartacus #*
Sep 13 - commence regular enagagements
1962---------------------------
Jun 27 - West Side Story #
Aug 08 - commence regular enagagements
Dec 25 - Barabbas #*
1963---------------------------
Jan 21 - commence regular enagagements
Sep 04 - Lawrence of Arabia #
Oct 18 - commence regular enagagements
1965---------------------------
Aug 05 - Lord Jim #*
Sep 02 - commence regular enagagements
1967---------------------------
Nov 13 - closed (twinning)
1968---------------------------
May 16 - reopen: GARRICK 1 - 618-seat
- commence regular enagagements
Jul 25 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Sep 19 - commence regular enagagements
1969---------------------------
Feb 06 - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang #
Mar 27 - Oliver! #
Jul 03 - commence regular enagagements
WINNIPEG - METROPOLITAN (Famous Players)
1,803-seat
1960---------------------------
Jun 27 - closed
Jun 29 - Can-Can + The Miracle of Todd-AO
Aug 19 - commence regular enagagements
1962---------------------------
Jun 13 - Oklahoma! *
Jun 29 - commence regular enagagements
Sep 21 - El Cid #*
Nov 02 - commence regular enagagements
1963---------------------------
Jun 26 - Cleopatra
Oct 30 - commence regular enagagements
1964---------------------------
Oct 28 - My Fair Lady
1965---------------------------
Mar 24 - commence regular enagagements
Nov 17 - The Sleeping Beauty - Kirov Ballet
Nov 24 - commence regular enagagements
1966---------------------------
Aug 10 - Doctor Zhivago #
Dec 25 - commence regular enagagements
1967---------------------------
Sep 21 - The Bible #
Nov 02 - commence regular enagagements
Nov 09 - Gone with the Wind
1968---------------------------
Feb 09 - commence regular enagagements
1987---------------------------
Nov 27 - closed
 
WINNIPEG - GRANT PARK (NGC/Famous Players)
"Winnipeg's First and Only CINERAMA Theatre"

742-seat; 85 ft. wide screen
1969---------------------------
Aug 13 - Krakatoa East of Java *
Sep 24 - 2001: A Space Odyssey *
Oct 15 - commence regular enagagements
Nov 05 - Grand Prix *
Nov 19 - Gone with the Wind #*
Dec 10 - Doctor Zhivago #*
Dec 25 - commence regular enagagements
1970---------------------------
Feb 11 - Mediterranean Holiday *
Feb 25 - The Jolson Story *
Mar 04 - 2001: A Space Odyssey *
Mar 11 - Ice Station Zebra *
Mar 18 - Goodbye Mr. Chips
Apr 17 - commence regular enagagements
1971---------------------------
Feb 12 - 2001: A Space Odyssey *
Mar 12 - commence regular enagagements
Apr 23 - Gone with the Wind *
May 21 - commence regular enagagements
Jun 11 - Grand Prix *
Jun 18 - My Fair Lady *
Jun 25 - Song of Norway *
Jul 02 - Krakatoa East of Java + Custer of the West #*
Jul 09 - commence regular enagagements
Sep 17 - Ryan's Daughter #*
Oct 07 - commence regular enagagements
Nov 05 - Doctor Zhivago #*
Nov 25 - commence regular enagagements
Dec 17 - Far from the Madding Crowd #*
Dec 23 - commence regular enagagements
1972---------------------------
Dec 22 - The Great Waltz #
1973---------------------------
Feb 23 - commence regular enagagements
Jun 29 - This is CINERAMA *
Jul 12 - commence regular enagagements
1989---------------------------
Sep 05 - closed (multiplexed)
WINNIPEG - MISC. PLAYDATES
1953---------------------------
Oct 29 - The Robe - CAPITOL
 
UPTOWN - CALGARY (Odeon)
1,076-seat
1961---------------------------
Jul 27 - Exodus
Aug 17 - commence regular enagagements
Sep 28 - Spartacus *
Oct 26 - commence regular enagagements
1963---------------------------
Jan 31 - Barabbas *
Mar 06 - commence regular enagagements
Mar 20 - Lawrence of Arabia
May 09 - commence regular enagagements
1964---------------------------
Oct 28 - My Fair Lady
1965---------------------------
Feb 01 - commence regular enagagements
1973---------------------------
Mar 22 - twinned (operated during alterations)

CAPITOL - CALGARY (Famous Players)
1,570-seat
1962---------------------------
Aug 03 - El Cid * ("Exclusive Western Canadian Premiere")
Sep 21 - commence regular enagagements
Dec 13 - Oklahoma! *
Dec 21 - commence regular enagagements
1963---------------------------
Mar 28 - Mutiny on the Bounty #
May 02 - commence regular enagagements
Jun 26 - Cleopatra
Oct 02 - commence regular enagagements
1967---------------------------
Feb 15 - Doctor Zhivago #
Mar 02 - commence regular enagagements
Mar 16 - The Bible #
May 04 - commence regular enagagements
1968---------------------------
Feb 14 - Gone with the Wind
May 08 - commence regular enagagements
1972---------------------------
Apr 17 - closed

CHINOOK - CALGARY (Famous Players)
718-seat
1965---------------------------
Sep 29 - commence regular enagagements
1966---------------------------
Apr 22 - The Agony and the Ecstasy #
Jun 03 - commence regular enagagements
Jun 29 - Doctor Zhivago #
1967---------------------------
Feb 14 - commence regular enagagements
Dec 21 - Camelot
1968---------------------------
Mar 21 - commence regular enagagements
May 08 - Doctor Zhivago #
May 22 - commence regular enagagements
1990---------------------------
Sep 17 - closed
NORTH HILL - CALGARY (NGC/Famous Players)
"C I N E R A M A"
762-seat
1967---------------------------
Dec 21 - commence regular enagagements
1968---------------------------
Feb 21 - Far from the Madding Crowd #
Apr 10 - commence regular enagagements
May 17 - Gone with the Wind *
Jun 07 - commence regular enagagements
Jun 26 - 2001: A Space Odyssey ("Western Canada Exclusive Engagement")
Oct 02 - commence regular enagagements
Dec 18 - Ice Station Zebra
1969---------------------------
Feb 12 - Doctor Zhivago #*
Feb 19 - commence regular enagagements
May 28 - South Pacific #*
Jun 25 - Ben-Hur
Aug 06 - Krakatoa East of Java *
Sep 16 - commence regular enagagements
1970---------------------------
Feb 04 - The Jolson Story *
Feb 11 - 2001: A Space Odyssey *
Mar 04 - Gone with the Wind *
Mar 11 - Mediterranean Holiday *
Mar 18 - Grand Prix *
Mar 26 - commence regular enagagements
1973---------------------------
Aug 03 - This is CINERAMA *
Aug 10 - commence regular engagements
1999---------------------------
Aug 29 - closed



CALGARY - MISC. PLAYDATES
1953---------------------------
Nov 18 - The Robe - CAPITOL
 
RIALTO - EDMONTON (Odeon)
"Presented in 70mm creating Super-Pan Vision and Todd-AO Sound"

1,010-seat
1961---------------------------
Aug 02 - Exodus
Aug 30 - Spartacus *
Sep 20 - commence regular enagagements
1962---------------------------
Mar 02 - Spartacus *
Mar 16 - commence regular enagagements
Dec 25 - Barabbas *
1963---------------------------
Jan 25 - commence regular enagagements
Jun 05 - Lawrence of Arabia #
Aug 08 - commence regular enagagements
1974---------------------------
Jun 07 - twinned (operated during alterations)

PARAMOUNT - EDMONTON (Famous Players)
1,429-seat
1963---------------------------
Apr 04 - Mutiny on the Bounty #
May 09 - commence regular enagagements
Jun 26 - Cleopatra
Oct 02 - commence regular enagagements
1964---------------------------
Apr 15 - The Fall of the Roman Empire #
May 22 - commence regular enagagements
Oct 28 - My Fair Lady
1965---------------------------
Mar 24 - commence regular enagagements
Nov 04 - The Sleeping Beauty - Kirov Ballet
Nov 11 - commence regular enagagements
1966---------------------------
Jul 27 - Doctor Zhivago #
Dec 26 - commence regular enagagements
1967---------------------------
Mar 16 - The Bible #
May 04 - commence regular enagagements
1968---------------------------
Feb 14 - Gone with the Wind
May 08 - commence regular enagagements
Sep 25 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Nov 20 - commence regular enagagements
MEADOWLARK - EDMONTON (NGC/Famous Players)
"C I N E R A M A"

780-seat; 25x50 ft. screen
1969---------------------------
Dec 25 - Krakatoa East of Java *
1970---------------------------
Jan 22 - 2001: A Space Odyssey *
Feb 18 - Grand Prix *
Feb 25 - commence regular enagagements
Mar 04 - Gone with the Wind *
Mar 18 - Goodbye Mr. Chips #
Apr 16 - commence regular enagagements
1973---------------------------
Oct 12 - This is CINERAMA *
Oct 19 - commence regular engagements
1974---------------------------
Nov 29 - 2001: A Space Odyssey *
Dec 26 - commence regular engagements
1992---------------------------
Jun 08 - closed

EDMONTON - MISC. PLAYDATES
1953---------------------------
Nov 20 - The Robe - PARAMOUNT

 
HAMILTON - CENTRE TWIN "WEST" (NGC/Famous Players)
744-seat
1969-------------------------
Jan 15 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Mar 12 - Star! #
Apr 16 - Grand Prix *
Apr 30 - The Sound of Music *
May 07 - commence regular engagements
May 14 - 2001: A Space Odyssey *
May 30 - commence regular engagements
Jun 13 - Camelot *
Jun 25 - South Pacific #*
Jul 09 - Cleopatra *
Jul 18 - Sweet Charity
Sep 05 - The King and I #*
Sep 10 - commence regular engagements
Oct 31 - Gone with the Wind *
Nov 21 - commence regular engagements
Dec 03 - Doctor Zhivago #*
Dec 12 - commence regular engagements
Dec 25 - Krakatoa East of Java *
1970---------------------------
Jan 14 - commence regular engagements
Mar 20 - Ben-Hur #*
Apr 24 - commence regular engagements
1986---------------------------
Apr 18 - multiplexed (operated during alterations)
- rename: CENTRE MALL (Cineplex Odeon)
HAMILTON - MISC. PLAYDATES
1953---------------------------
Dec 25 - The Robe - TIVOLI
 
 
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