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Showcase Presentations in St. Louis
A Chronology of Large Format and Roadshow Exhibition, 1953-Present

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The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 23.05.2017

Part 1: The Cinemas

 
These St. Louis area 70mm-equipped cinemas are listed alphabetically by locale and will be described in greater detail in a future revision.

BELLEVILLE (Illinois)
B.A.C. Cinema

CHESTERFIELD (Missouri)
Clarkson

ELLISVILLE (Missouri)
Ellisville

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS (Illinois)
St. Clair

FLORISSANT (Missouri)
270 Drive-In

HAZELWOOD (Missouri)
Village

JENNINGS (Missouri)
North Drive-In

MOLINE ACRES (Missouri)
Lewis & Clark

RICHMOND HEIGHTS (Missouri)
Esquire

ST. ANN (Missouri)
Northwest Square
St. Ann

ST. CHARLES (Missouri)
St. Charles

ST. LOUIS (Missouri)
Ambassador
Cinerama
Crestwood
Mid-City
Pageant
St. Louis
Stadium

SAPPINGTON (Missouri)
Ronnie’s
Ronnie’s Drive-In

SHREWSBURY (Missouri)
Kenrick

SUNSET HILLS (Missouri)
Mark Twain
 
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Part 2: The Engagements

 
Roadshows (i.e. reserved-seat engagements) are listed with an asterisk following their title.

IMAX and other special venue presentations have not been included (though they might be added in a future revision).

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

1954-02-10 … THIS IS CINERAMA* … Ambassador (54) [Cinerama]

1955-02-21 … CINERAMA HOLIDAY* … Ambassador (61) [Cinerama]

1956-04-26 … SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD* … Ambassador (76) [Cinerama]

1957-02-21 … THE TEN COMMANDMENTS* … St. Louis (13) [35mm]
1957-06-04 … AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS* … Esquire (29) [35mm]
1957-10-09 … SEARCH FOR PARADISE* … Ambassador (26) [Cinerama]
1957-12-25 … RAINTREE COUNTY* … Esquire (11) [35mm]

1958-03-12 … THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI* … Esquire (12) [35mm]
1958-04-06 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Ambassador (9) [Cinerama]
1958-04-16 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Pageant (45)
1958-08-13 … WINDJAMMER* … Ambassador (11) [Cinerama]
1958-10-29 … SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE* … Ambassador (17) [Cinerama]

1959-02-26 … AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS … Pageant (7)
1959-06-12 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Pageant (14)
1959-10-16 … THE BIG FISHERMAN … Pageant (5)
1959-12-25 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Esquire (6)

1960-03-11 … PORGY AND BESS* … Esquire (4)
1960-05-18 … CAN-CAN* … Ambassador (9)
1960-05-26 … BEN-HUR* … Mid-City (27)
1960-12-22 … SPARTACUS* … Esquire (15)

1961-04-11 … EXODUS* … Esquire (12)
1961-12-21 … KING OF KINGS* … Esquire (8)

1962-03-01 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Mid-City (17)
1962-04-13 … OKLAHOMA! … Pageant (7)
1962-11-08 … THE LONGEST DAY* … Ambassador (20) [35mm]
1962-12-21 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Esquire (14)

1963-01-10 … THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM* … Cinerama (13) [Cinerama]
1963-03-29 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Ambassador (12)
1963-04-11 … HOW THE WEST WAS WON* … Cinerama (44) [Cinerama]
1963-06-13 … MADAME … Mid-City (1)
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Ambassador (24)

1964-02-20 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Cinerama (37) [“Cinerama”]
1964-11-05 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Cinerama (19) [“Cinerama”]

1965-01-21 … MY FAIR LADY* … Ambassador (36)
1965-03-16 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Cinerama (34) [“Cinerama”]
1965-03-31 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … St. Louis (83)
1965-04-07 … BECKET … Ronnie’s Drive-In (1)
1965-09-29 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Ambassador (12)
1965-11-10 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Cinerama (6) [“Cinerama”]
1965-12-22 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Cinerama (14) [“Cinerama”]
1965-12-25 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Ambassador (10)

1966-03-29 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Ambassador (44)
1966-04-01 … RUSSIAN ADVENTURE* … Cinerama (12) [“Cinerama”]
1966-06-23 … KHARTOUM* … Cinerama (18) [“Cinerama”]
1966-10-26 … HAWAII* … Cinerama (34) [35mm]
1966-11-02 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Ellisville (16)
1966-11-02 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Lewis & Clark (12)

1967-02-01 … THE BIBLE* … Ambassador (16)
1967-03-22 … A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS* … Shady Oak (21) [35mm]
1967-05-02 … ULYSSES* … Mid-City (3 days) [35mm]
1967-05-24 … THE TAMING OF THE SHREW* … Stadium (12) [35mm]
1967-05-25 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Ambassador (22) [35mm]
1967-06-14 … THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE* … Crestwood (21) [35mm]
1967-06-22 … GRAND PRIX* … Cinerama (19) [“Cinerama”]
1967-10-19 … THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE* … Esquire (6) [35mm]
1967-10-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Ambassador (33)
1967-11-01 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Cinerama (12)
1967-12-20 … CAMELOT* … Esquire (23)

1968-01-25 … CUSTER OF THE WEST* … Cinerama (8) [“Cinerama”]
1968-03-20 … HALF A SIXPENCE* … Cinerama (6) [35mm]
1968-05-01 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Cinerama (4)
1968-05-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Cinerama (29) [“Cinerama”]
1968-06-12 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Ambassador (8)
1968-08-28 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Mark Twain (13)
1968-12-18 … THE LION IN WINTER* … Brentwood (34) [35mm]
1968-12-18 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Ambassador (10) [35mm]
1968-12-18 … STAR!* … Cinerama (15)
1968-12-19 … FUNNY GIRL* … Northland (27) [35mm]
1968-12-19 … FUNNY GIRL* … South County (23) [35mm]
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Esquire (10)

1969-03-26 … BEN-HUR* … Ambassador (9)
1969-04-02 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Cinerama (12) [“Cinerama”]
1969-04-25 … WAR AND PEACE PART I* … Hi-Pointe (1) [35mm]
1969-05-02 … WAR AND PEACE PART II* … Hi-Pointe (1) [35mm]
1969-05-09 … WAR AND PEACE PART I* … Hi-Pointe (1) [35mm]
1969-05-16 … WAR AND PEACE PART II* … Hi-Pointe (1) [35mm]
1969-05-28 … SWEET CHARITY* … Ambassador (6)
1969-06-19 … OLIVER!* … Creve Coeur (27)
1969-06-25 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Cinerama (13) [“Cinerama”]
1969-06-27 … FUNNY GIRL* … Kirkwood (17) [35mm]
1969-09-24 … CAMELOT … Cinerama (1)
1969-10-24 … WAR AND PEACE PART I* … Kirkwood (1) [35mm]
1969-10-31 … WAR AND PEACE PART II* … Kirkwood (1) [35mm]
1969-11-07 … WAR AND PEACE PART I* … Kirkwood (1) [35mm]
1969-11-12 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Cinerama (16)
1969-11-14 … WAR AND PEACE PART II* … Kirkwood (1) [35mm]
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Ambassador (33)

1970-02-11 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Creve Coeur (6) [35mm]
1970-03-04 … PATTON* … Cinerama (31)
1970-10-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Cinerama (9)
1970-12-22 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Esquire (11)

1971-04-06 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Cinerama (23)
1971-12-14 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … Cinerama (39) [35mm]

1972-12-13 … YOUNG WINSTON* … Kirkwood (13) [35mm]
1972-12-14 … MAN OF LA MANCHA* … Cinerama (13) [35mm]

1973-03-16 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Cinerama (11)
1973-05-16 … LAST TANGO IN PARIS* … Fine Arts (25) [35mm]
1973-05-23 … CAMELOT … Esquire (4)
1973-06-13 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Cinerama (5)

1974-08-28 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Esquire (5)

1975-10-08 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Esquire (2)

1976-08-25 … THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE … Esquire (5)
1976-09-04 … THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH … Mark Twain (midnight)
1976-09-29 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Esquire (3)

1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … B.A.C.
1977-12-23 … STAR WARS … Creve Coeur (25)

1978-12-15 … SUPERMAN … B.A.C. [70mm from Week #2]

1979-04-06 … ALIEN … Creve Coeur (sneak preview screening)
1979-05-18 … DAYS OF HEAVEN … Mark Twain (1)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Creve Coeur (18)
1979-06-22 … ALIEN … B.A.C. (8)
1979-10-19 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Creve Coeur (3)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … B.A.C. (14)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Creve Coeur (30)

1981-01-30 … ALTERED STATES … Esquire (sneak preview screening)
1981-02-06 … ALTERED STATES … Esquire (5) [Megasound]
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Esquire (6)

1982-03-05 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Esquire (7)
1982-06-18 … ANNIE … Creve Coeur (15)

1983-01-21 … GANDHI … Creve Coeur (16)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Esquire (17)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Village (29)
1983-07-15 … STAYING ALIVE … Creve Coeur (5)
1983-09-23 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Creve Coeur (1)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Creve Coeur (6)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Mark Twain (6)
1983-10-15 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Esquire (sneak preview screening)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Esquire (11)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … B.A.C.
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Clarkson (19)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Creve Coeur (12)
1984-06-08 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Mark Twain (17)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Clarkson (8)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Kenrick (9)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Mark Twain (6)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Kenrick (8)
1984-12-21 … 2010 … Creve Coeur (7)

1985-06-21 … COCOON … Esquire (16)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Creve Coeur (4)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Kenrick (4)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Mark Twain (4)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Clarkson (sneak preview screening)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Kenrick (sneak preview screening)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Clarkson (5)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Kenrick (8)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Creve Coeur (8)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … B.A.C. (sneak preview screening)
1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Clarkson (sneak preview screening)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … B.A.C. (9)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Clarkson (23)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … B.A.C.
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Esquire (12)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Kenrick (15)
1986-12-25 … THE MISSION… Esquire (8)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Kenrick (18)
1987-07-01 … INNERSPACE … Northwest Square (5)
1987-07-15 … ALIENS … St. Charles (2 days) [cinema Grand Opening screenings]
1987-07-17 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … St. Charles (6)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Creve Coeur (13)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Kenrick (16)
1987-08-28 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Northwest Square (1)
1987-12-11 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN … Esquire (9)

1988-02-19 … CRY FREEDOM … Creve Coeur (5)
1988-05-20 … WILLOW … Kenrick (7)
1988-07-15 … DIE HARD … Esquire (12)

1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Clarkson (10)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Kenrick (12)
1989-06-22 … BATMAN … Esquire (8)
1989-06-30 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Creve Coeur (8)

1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Clarkson (7)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Kenrick (8)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Northwest Square (14)
1990-06-15 … GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH … Esquire (7)
1990-07-06 … THE TEN COMMANDMENTS … Creve Coeur (2)
1990-07-18 … ARACHNOPHOBIA … Kenrick (13)

1991-01-18 … AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS … Creve Coeur (1)
1991-01-25 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! … Creve Coeur (1)
1991-02-01 … OKLAHOMA! … Creve Coeur (1)
1991-02-08 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF … Creve Coeur (1)
1991-02-15 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Creve Coeur (1)
1991-02-22 … WEST SIDE STORY … Creve Coeur (1)
1991-03-01 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Creve Coeur (1)
1991-03-08 … BEN-HUR … Creve Coeur (1)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Esquire (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Kenrick (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Clarkson (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Esquire (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Kenrick (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … St. Clair (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Clarkson (6)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Esquire (6)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Kenrick (8)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Northwest Square (11) [70mm from Week #3]
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … St. Clair (6)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Esquire (5)

1993-06-17 … LAST ACTION HERO … Kenrick (4)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Ronnie’s (8)

References: Various issues of Boxoffice, Belleville News Democrat, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Variety; Dolby sound system installation records; and projector and sound system trade advertisements.

Special Thanks: Jerry Alexander, Bill Huelbig and Chris Utley.

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

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