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Showcase Presentations in Baltimore
A Chronology of Large Format and Roadshow Exhibition, 1956-Present

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The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 10.05.2018

Part 1: The Cinemas

 
Continuing the “Showcase Presentations in…” series, we now present: Baltimore, Maryland.

The Baltimore region’s 70mm-equipped cinemas are/were…

ANNAPOLIS
Annapolis Mall

BALTIMORE
Film Centre
Hippodrome
Mayfair (also equipped for CineMiracle)
Movies at Harbor Park
New
North Point Plaza
Reisterstown Plaza
Reisterstown Plaza 5-Star
Senator
Town (also equipped for Cinerama)
White Marsh

CATONSVILLE
Westview

GLEN BURNIE
Glen Burnie Town Center

HANOVER
Egyptian

LUTHERVILLE
Yorkridge

TIMONIUM
Timonium

TOWSON
Hillendale

WOODLAWN
Security Mall
Security Square

An overview of each cinema will be provided in a forthcoming revision.
 
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Part 2: The Engagements

 
What follows is a chronology of 5-perf 70-millimeter and Cinerama presentations in the Baltimore region.

The majority of the titles featured in this chronology showcased some flavor of stereophonic sound (six-track for 70mm and seven-track for Cinerama). The 70mm prints issued from the late 1970s typically were encoded with Dolby Noise Reduction and often included “baby boom” low-frequency enhancement and occasionally split surrounds. Most of the recently-struck prints featured digital sound (DTS aka Datasat).

This draft excludes 70mm blow-ups, IMAX and other Special Venue presentations. Roadshows in 35mm have also not been included. (Some or all of these details will be added in a forthcoming revision.)

The roadshows (i.e. reserved-seat engagements) have an asterisk after the applicable title. (Note that in certain instances the reserved-seat policy was relaxed during the latter weeks of the run. Any non-roadshow portion of such an engagement has been included in the duration figure.)

YYYY-MM-DD … TITLE … Cinema (duration in weeks) [notes or projection process if other than 70mm]

1956-02-28 … OKLAHOMA!* … Film Centre (42)
1956-12-21 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Film Centre (54)

1957-08-28 … THIS IS CINERAMA* … Town (16) [Cinerama]
1957-12-19 … SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD* … Town (15) [Cinerama]

1958-04-01 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … New (38)
1958-04-02 … CINERAMA HOLIDAY* … Town (3) [Cinerama]
1958-04-23 … SEARCH FOR PARADISE* … Town (3) [Cinerama]

1959-02-18 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … New (8)
1959-10-07 … THE BIG FISHERMAN … New (6)
1959-10-28 … PORGY AND BESS* … Town (7)
1959-12-25 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … New (5)

1960-02-19 … WINDJAMMER* … Mayfair (12) [Cinemiracle]
1960-03-29 … BEN-HUR* … Town (42)
1960-05-25 … CAN-CAN* … Mayfair (22)
1960-12-19 … EXODUS* … Mayfair (20)

1961-01-19 … SPARTACUS* … Town (11)
1961-03-01 … THE ALAMO … New (7)
1961-12-21 … KING OF KINGS* … Town (11)

1962-02-14 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Mayfair (17)
1962-03-09 … EL CID* … Town (12)
1962-06-13 … OKLAHOMA! … Mayfair (2)
1962-12-21 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Town (11)

1963-04-11 … HOW THE WEST WAS WON* … Town (21) [Cinerama]
1963-05-27 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Mayfair (20)
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Hippodrome (35)
1963-09-04 … THE BEST OF CINERAMA* … Town (2) [Cinerama]

1964-02-20 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Town (18) [“Cinerama”]
1964-05-27 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE … New (6)
1964-11-06 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Town (4) [“Cinerama”]
1964-11-18 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY … Mayfair (3) [CineVision]
1964-11-25 … MY FAIR LADY* … Hippodrome (37)

1965-03-24 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … New (91)
1965-04-14 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Town (14) [“Cinerama”]
1965-07-20 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Town (9) [“Cinerama”]
1965-08-11 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Hippodrome (17)

1966-01-26 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Mayfair (10)
1966-06-29 … KHARTOUM* … Town (5) [“Cinerama”]
1966-11-09 … THE BIBLE* … Hippodrome (35)

1967-05-25 … GRAND PRIX* … Town (13) [“Cinerama”]

1968-05-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Town (22) [“Cinerama”]
1968-06-19 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … New (9)
1968-12-18 … STAR!* … Hippodrome (6)
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Mayfair (11)

1969-02-07 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Town (7) [“Cinerama”]
1969-07-30 … BEN-HUR … New (3)
1969-08-20 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … New (3)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … New (23)

1970-03-04 … PATTON* … Westview (16)
1970-08-19 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Mayfair (5)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Hillendale (11)

1971-02-23 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Westview (17)
1971-03-19 … MY FAIR LADY … Mayfair (7)
1971-05-26 … PATTON … Mayfair (3)

1979-11-16 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Hillendale (5)

1982-07-09 … TRON … Westview (6)
1982-09-17 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hillendale (1)
1982-09-17 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Westview (1)
1982-10-08 … TRON … Hillendale (1)

1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Senator (6)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Westview (7)

1984-02-03 … OKLAHOMA! … Senator (2)
1984-05-11 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Hillendale (1)

1989-04-07 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Senator (5)

1990-09-14 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Senator (3)

1991-03-15 … WEST SIDE STORY … Senator (1) [70mm festival]
1991-03-22 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Senator (2) [70mm festival]
1991-04-19 … BEN-HUR … Senator (2) [70mm festival]
1991-05-03 … THE TEN COMMANDMENTS … Senator (1) [70mm festival]
1991-05-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Senator (2) [70mm festival]
1991-05-24 … SPARTACUS … Senator (3)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Senator (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Senator (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Senator (7)

1994-03-04 … BARAKA … Senator (4)
1994-11-23 … MY FAIR LADY … Senator (2)

1996-11-01 … VERTIGO … Senator (3)

2000-04-29 … MY FAIR LADY … Senator [Maryland Film Festival]
2000-04-29 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Senator [Maryland Film Festival]
2000-04-30 … SPARTACUS … Senator [Maryland Film Festival]

2002-09-20 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Senator (2)
2002-11-06 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Senator (1)

2004-04-24 … BARAKA … Senator [Earth Day/Belvedere Springfest]

2007-11-21 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Senator (2)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Annapolis Mall (2)
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Egyptian (2)
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … White Marsh (2)

2017-07-21 … DUNKIRK … White Marsh (?)

References: Various issues of Boxoffice, The (Baltimore) Sun, and Variety; Dolby sound system installation records; and projector and sound system trade advertisements.

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