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1968: A Roadshow Odyssey
- Release Dates

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Written and compiled by: Michael Coate Date: May 29, 2004 
2001_star_wars.jpg (149247 byte)1977 re-release advert. in70mm.com collection

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Listed below are the known original 1968/69 reserved seat engagements of “2001: A Space Odyssey”.  Each was (or believed to have been) a 70mm six-track stereophonic sound presentation, with most having been promoted as a “Cinerama” presentation.  Because of the exclusive “one engagement per region” distribution approach used at the time, the majority of engagements are identified by market or metropolitan area, rather than the specific city in which the cinemas may have been located.  (For instance, the Kachina was in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale; the Cooper for Minneapolis was in nearby St. Louis Park; etc.).  A handful of the engagements were not promoted as reserved seat engagements but are included here because (1) they were a 70mm presentation, and (2) were in release during the initial reserved seat period and before the 35mm general release.
Further in 70mm reading:

1968: A Roadshow Odyssey

Comments to The Original Reserved Seat Engagements Of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

"2001" A Concert Article

Internet link:

Warner´s "2001" web site (Completely out of date)

2001_biffen.jpg (186742 byte)The film in 70mm on the curve. Detail from "Biffen"

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A few moveovers are included in the list where the “new” engagement continued to be that market’s exclusive engagement.  The engagement duration has been included for selected entries to illustrate how successful the release was (and to show just how much times have changed).  Not included here are 70mm return engagements, re-releases, “MGM Fabulous Four” packages, special screenings, or any 35mm general release engagements. (Please do not write in with claims of: “I remember seeing ‘2001’ at a midnight screening at the such-and-such Theatre while in college in the mid-1970s” or “Don’t forget they re-released it right after "Star Wars" came out” or “There was a 1982 engagement of "2001" in 70mm in my hometown of Austin, Texas that’s missing from your list”.  Do write if you believe any information is incorrect or if you have details for any original engagements not represented on the list.  Please keep in mind that no one is immune to faulty memory, so be prepared to provide distributor or exhibitor booking details, or a dated newspaper advertisement photocopy to support your claim.)

What follows is the (work-in-progress) list of original 70mm “2001: A Space Odyssey” engagements arranged in chronological order.  For those readers who remember seeing “2001” during this time, as with the film, enjoy the trip!
 

The Original Reserved-Seat Roadshow Engagements Of "2001: A Space Odyssey"

 
This list is a work-in-progress, and the known engagements are arranged chronologically by date of premiere. For selected entries, the duration of the engagement, measured in weeks, has been provided. Duration data marked with ">" indicates the engagement was relocated to another cinema and continued on an exclusive reserved-seat basis. The duration provided for the continuation/moveover run includes that run's duration plus the cumulative duration for both engagements. A select few of the engagements were not reserved-seat engagements but are included because they were a 70mm presentation.

The prints booked into Cinerama theatres included an "In Cinerama" title card during the film's end credit sequence. (The DVD versions of the film include this credit.) The 70mm prints that were booked into non-Cinerama venues had the "In Cinerama" credit replaced with a spliced-in "In 70mm" credit.

02 Apr 1968 ... Washington, DC, USA: Uptown [51 weeks]
03 Apr 1968 ... New York, NY, USA: Capitol [24 >]
04 Apr 1968 ... Los Angeles, CA, USA: Warner Hollywood* [80 >]
10 Apr 1968 ... Boston, MA, USA: Boston Cinerama [36]
10 Apr 1968 ... Denver, CO, USA: Cooper Cinerama [47]
10 Apr 1968 ... Detroit, MI, USA: Summit Cinerama [47]
10 Apr 1968 ... Houston, TX, USA: Windsor Cinerama [31]
10 Apr 1968 ... Tokyo, Japan: Theatre Tokyo [24]
11 Apr 1968 ... Chicago, IL, USA: Cinestage [36]
11 Apr 1968 ... Johannesburg, South Africa: Royal Cinerama
11 Apr 1968 ... Osaka, Japan: O.S. Cinerama Gekijo

01 May 1968 ... London, England, UK: Casino Cinerama [47]
01 May 1968 ... Sydney, Australia: Plaza
02 May 1968 ... Melbourne, Australia: Plaza
22 May 1968 ... Philadelphia, PA, USA: Randolph Cinerama [30]
28 May 1968 ... San Diego, CA, USA: Center [44]
28 May 1968 ... Seattle, WA, USA: Cinerama [77]
29 May 1968 ... Atlanta, GA, USA: Martin Cinerama [22]
29 May 1968 ... Baltimore, MD, USA: Town [20]
29 May 1968 ... Cincinnati, OH, USA: International 70 [19]
29 May 1968 ... Dallas, TX, USA: Capri Cinerama [24]
29 May 1968 ... Miami, FL, USA: Sheridan
29 May 1968 ... Montreal, QC, Canada: Imperial Cinerama [24]
29 May 1968 ... New Orleans, LA, USA: Trans-Lux Cinerama
29 May 1968 ... Phoenix, AZ, USA: Kachina Cinerama [25]
29 May 1968 ... Providence, RI, USA: Cinerama [20]
29 May 1968 ... St. Louis, MO, USA: Martin Cinerama [29]
30 May 1968 ... Toronto, ON, Canada: Glendale Cinerama [127]

06 Jun 1968 ... Charlotte, NC, USA: Carolina
07 Jun 1968 ... Honolulu, HI, USA: Cinerama
12 Jun 1968 ... Birmingham, AL, USA: Eastwood Mall [8]
12 Jun 1968 ... Columbus, OH, USA: Grand Cinerama
12 Jun 1968 ... Dayton, OH, USA: Cinerama Dabel [20]
12 Jun 1968 ... Harrisburg, PA, USA: Trans-Lux
12 Jun 1968 ... Jacksonville, FL, USA: 5 Points
12 Jun 1968 ... Kansas City, MO, USA: Empire Cinerama [27]
12 Jun 1968 ... Pittsburgh, PA, USA: Warner Cinerama [22]
12 Jun 1968 ... Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Villa Cinerama [22]
12 Jun 1968 ... Tampa, FL, USA: Palace
12 Jun 1968 ... Toledo, OH, USA: Cinema 1
13 Jun 1968 ... Portland, OR, USA: Hollywood [42]
19 Jun 1968 ... Buffalo, NY, USA: Century [13]
19 Jun 1968 ... Cleveland, OH, USA: State [21]
19 Jun 1968 ... Hartford, CT, USA: Cinerama
19 Jun 1968 ... Norfolk, VA, USA: Rosna
19 Jun 1968 ... Omaha, NE, USA: Indian Hills Cinerama
19 Jun 1968 ... San Francisco, CA, USA: Golden Gate Cinerama [73 >]
19 Jun 1968 ... Wichita, KS, USA: Uptown
26 Jun 1968 ... Calgary, AB, Canada: North Hill Cinerama [14]
26 Jun 1968 ... Des Moines, IA, USA: River Hills Cinerama
26 Jun 1968 ... Fresno, CA, USA: Warnor Cinerama [17]
26 Jun 1968 ... Hicksville, NY, USA: Twin South Cinerama [39]
26 Jun 1968 ... London, ON, Canada: Park Cinerama [9]
26 Jun 1968 ... Louisville, KY, USA: Cinema 1 [14]
26 Jun 1968 ... Milwaukee, WI, USA: Cinema 1
26 Jun 1968 ... Minneapolis, MN, USA: Cooper Cinerama [31]
26 Jun 1968 ... Sacramento, CA, USA: Esquire Cinerama [35]
26 Jun 1968 ... Syracuse, NY, USA: Eckel [10]
26 Jun 1968 ... Tulsa, OK, USA: Fox [15]
26 Jun 1968 ... Vancouver, BC, Canada: Capitol [15]
27 Jun 1968 ... Indianapolis, IN, USA: Indiana Cinerama
27 Jun 1968 ... Nashville, TN, USA: Belle Meade Cinerama
28 Jun 1968 ... Huntsville, AL, USA: Westbury Cinerama

02 Jul 1968 ... Las Vegas, NV, USA: Las Vegas Cinerama [15]
03 Jul 1968 ... San Juan, Puerto Rico: Metro
04 Jul 1968 ... Sao Paulo, Brazil: Majestic Cinerama
10 Jul 1968 ... Chattanooga, TN, USA: Brainerd Cinerama
11 Jul 1968 ... Shreveport, LA, USA: Broadmoor [8]
16 Jul 1968 ... Oklahoma City, OK, USA: Cooper Cinerama
17 Jul 1968 ... Montclair, NJ, USA: Clairidge Cinerama [36]
17 Jul 1968 ... San Antonio, TX, USA: Cinema II [18]
21 Jul 1968 ... Brighton, England, UK: ?
22 Jul 1968 ... Glasgow, Scotland, UK: Coliseum
23 Jul 1968 ... San Jose, CA, USA: Century 21 [88]
24 Jul 1968 ... Knoxville, TN, USA: Capri-70
24 Jul 1968 ... Raleigh, NC, USA: Ambassador
25 Jul 1968 ... Dublin, Ireland: Plaza Cinerama
25 Jul 1968 ... Memphis, TN, USA: Paramount [11]
25 Jul 1968 ... Winnipeg, MB, Canada: Garrick [11]
31 Jul 1968 ... Springfield, MA, USA: Cinema 1

07 Aug 1968 ... Springfield, IL, USA: Esquire
09 Aug 1968 ... Auckland, New Zealand: Cinerama
09 Aug 1968 ... Christchurch, New Zealand: Cinerama
09 Aug 1968 ... Orlando, FL, USA: Beacham
09 Aug 1968 ... Wellington, New Zealand: Cinerama [5]
14 Aug 1968 ... Austin, TX, USA: Americana [13]
21 Aug 1968 ... Akron, OH, USA: New Falls
21 Aug 1968 ... Albany, NY, USA: Hellman [12]
22 Aug 1968 ... Grand Rapids, MI, USA: Eastbrook
24 Aug 1968 ... Vienna, Austria: Gartenbau
27 Aug 1968 ... Stockholm, Sweden: Vinterpalatset
28 Aug 1968 ... Lawrence, MA, USA: Showcase 1 [12]

01 Sep 1968 ... Cardiff, Wales, UK: Park Hall Cinerama
02 Sep 1968 ... Brussels, Belgium: Varietes Cinerama [10 >]
04 Sep 1968 ... Reno, NV, USA: Century 21
06 Sep 1968 ... Cape Town, South Africa: Cinerama [4]
11 Sep 1968 ... Munich, West Germany: Royal-Palast [12]
11 Sep 1968 ... Rotterdam, Netherlands: Cinerama
12 Sep 1968 ... Bangkok, Thailand: Siam
16 Sep 1968 ... New York, NY, USA: Cinerama [cont. from Capitol, 13 (37)]
18 Sep 1968 ... Worcester, MA, USA: Showcase 1
19 Sep 1968 ... Cologne, West Germany: Scala [9]
20 Sep 1968 ... Peoria, IL, USA: Palace
25 Sep 1968 ... Edmonton, AB, Canada: Paramount [8]
25 Sep 1968 ... Lisbon, Portugal: Monumental
25 Sep 1968 ... New Haven, CT, USA: Cinemart
25 Sep 1968 ... Ottawa, ON, Canada: Nelson [13]
25 Sep 1968 ... Santa Barbara, CA, USA: Fairview
25 Sep 1968 ... Youngstown, OH, USA: Paramount
25 Sep 1968 ... Zuerich, Switzerland: Apollo Cinerama
26 Sep 1968 ... Karlsruhe, West Germany: Schauburg [6]
27 Sep 1968 ... Champaign, IL, USA: Co-Ed II
27 Sep 1968 ... Paris, France: Empire Cinerama ["Version Originale", 12]
27 Sep 1968 ... Paris, France: Gaumont Palace ["Version Francaise"]
27 Sep 1968 ... Reading, PA, USA: Fox [5]

02 Oct 1968 ... Albuquerque, NM, USA: Fox Winrock Cinerama [13]
02 Oct 1968 ... Lexington, KY, USA: Strand [7]
02 Oct 1968 ... Scranton, PA, USA: Strand [5]
09 Oct 1968 ... El Paso, TX, USA: Fox Bassett Center [11]
17 Oct 1968 ... Barcelona, Spain: Florida Cinerama
17 Oct 1968 ... Madrid, Spain: Albeniz Cinerama
17 Oct 1968 ... Rochester, NY, USA: Panorama [17]
25 Oct 1968 ... Stuttgart, West Germany: Atrium [6]
27 Oct 1968 ... Leeds, England, UK: Leeds
30 Oct 1968 ... Little Rock, AR, USA: Cinema 150 [7]
30 Oct 1968 ... Milan, IL, USA: Showcase Cinema 1
31 Oct 1968 ... Bournemouth, England, UK: Westover Bournemouth
31 Oct 1968 ... Mexico City, Mexico: Cine Latino D-150 [15]

05 Nov 1968 ... Amarillo, TX, USA: Esquire
06 Nov 1968 ... Corpus Christi, TX, USA: Deux Cine [7]
06 Nov 1968 ... Monterey, CA, USA: Cinema 70 [13]
07 Nov 1968 ... Buenos Aires, Argentina: Super Cinerama Ideal
08 Nov 1968 ... Duesseldorf, West Germany: Kristall-Palast [15]
13 Nov 1968 ... Brussels, Belgium: Ambassador [cont. from Varietes, 4 (14)]
15 Nov 1968 ... Essen, West Germany: Europa-Palast [4]
15 Nov 1968 ... Nuremberg, West Germany: Delphi [3]
20 Nov 1968 ... Erie, PA, USA: Plaza
20 Nov 1968 ... Tucson, AZ, USA: El Dorado [9]
22 Nov 1968 ... Antwerp, Belgium: Rubens [2 >]

06 Dec 1968 ... Antwerp, Belgium: Quellin [cont. from Rubens, 1 (3)]
11 Dec 1968 ... Milan, Italy: Alcione Cinerama
11 Dec 1968 ... Rome, Italy: Royal Cinerama
12 Dec 1968 ... Frankfurt, West Germany: MGM [10]
13 Dec 1968 ... Muenster, West Germany: Fürstenhof [2]
18 Dec 1968 ... Jackson, MS, USA: Capri [4]
18 Dec 1968 ... Nanuet, NY, USA: Route 59 [9]
20 Dec 1968 ... Augsburg, West Germany: Rex

10 Jan 1969 ... Mannheim, West Germany: Planken Großes Haus [3]
15 Jan 1969 ... Hamilton, ON, Canada: Centre Twin West [8]
19 Jan 1969 ... Birmingham, England, UK: Cinerama

19 Feb 1969 ... Modesto, CA, USA: Briggsmore [5]
28 Feb 1969 ... Oslo, Norway: Colosseum

01 Apr 1969 ... Santiago, Chile: Santa Lucia
13 Apr 1969 ... Richmond, England, UK: Richmond [1]

24 May 1969 ... Tel Aviv, Israel: Zafon

16 Jul 1969 ... Hannover, West Germany: Gloria-Palast

04 Aug 1969 ... Copenhagen, Denmark: Rialto

14 Oct 1969 ... Orange, CA, USA: Cinedome 21 [27]
29 Oct 1969 ... Los Angeles, CA, USA: Beverly Hills [cont. from Hollywood Pacific*, 23 (103)]

11 Nov 1969 ... San Francisco, CA, USA: Golden Gate Penthouse [cont. from Golden Gate Cinerama, 15 (88)]

27 Feb 1970 ... Berlin, West Germany: Royal-Palast [8]

*Theatre name was changed from "Warner Hollywood" to "Hollywood Pacific" during course of engagement
 
 

Foreign-Language Titles of "2001: A Space Odyssey"

 
Danish: "Rumrejsen År 2001"
Dutch: "2001: Een Zwerftocht in de Ruimte"
French: "2001: L'odyssee de L'espace"
German: "2001: Odyssee im Weltraum"
Italian: "2001: Odissea Nello Spazio"
Norwegian: "2001: En Romodysse"
Portuguese: "2001: Uma Odisseia no Espaco"
Spanish (Latin America): "2001: Odisea del Espacio"
Spanish (Spain): "2001: Una Odisea del Espacio"
Swedish: "Ar 2001: Ett Rymdaventyr"
 
 
“Stanley Kubrick made the ultimate science fiction movie, and it is going to be very hard for someone to come along and make a better movie, as far as I’m concerned. On a technical level, it can be compared, but personally I think that ‘2001’ is far superior.”

“Star Wars” director George Lucas, 1977
 
 
   
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