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70mm Engagements in Rochester, NY

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The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Jim Barg, Rochester, New YorkDate: 31.08.2011
This list has its beginnings in my trip to last year's Bradford Widescreen Weekend. As I was lucky enough to see many films in their original large-format versions, I thought it would be interesting to see if my hometown had shown these films in the past. When I moved back to Rochester from London last year, I had the time to research for any information regarding local 70mm engagements, and the results are presented here.

This list is by no means complete and should be considered a work in progress. Around 1988/89, Rochester newspapers stopped putting any kind of stereo notations on most of the film ads . For example, the 70mm engagement for "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" was advertised in the city's evening paper (the Times-Union), but not in the morning one (the Democrat & Chronicle). This is particularly strange as both papers were owned by the Gannett company and run out of the same building downtown!

In any case, if you have information to fill in gaps, please get in touch with either Thomas or myself. There are a handful of 60/70s roadshow engagements that may have been in 70mm, but were not clearly noted as such in the Rochester papers, and are not included here.

Special thanks are due to Michael Coate and Bill Kallay. Their lists are the reason I was inspired to compile mine, and Mike was nice enough to pass along some of the information here. Thank you.

Lastly, it should be noted that all but one of these theatres are either closed or razed. The Riviera and Monroe's 70mm cameras are now scattered among various local theatres including the Eastman House. Unfortunately, the Eastman's repertory theatre, the Dryden, does not have a 70mm-capable screen, which is a shame. One of the great film archives in the world can't show some films the way they were supposed to be seen. (They do have 70mm copies of "Oklahoma!", "Short Cuts" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" in their film archive, however.) 70mm capability is always listed as part of the Eastman's fundraising goals, so there is hope for the future.

Enjoy the read!
 
More in 70mm reading:

Meeting Abel, Baker, and Charlie: The 2010 Bradford Widescreen Weekend

Internet link:

 

70mm Premieres

 
1957

July 24:
Around The World In Eighty Days
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe

1958

June 29:
South Pacific
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe

1959

February 18:
Sleeping Beauty
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe

October 15
The Big Fisherman
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe


December 25:
Solomon And Sheba
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera
(premiere 70mm engagement after being closed for 70mm installation)

December 26:
Porgy And Bess
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe
 
 
1960

March 4:
Around The World In Eighty Days (Re-Issue)
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

March 18:
South Pacific (Re-Issue)
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera (move-over to the Monroe on April 8)

April 8:
Oklahoma! (Re-Issue)
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

Original release in 35mm - first Rochester engagement in 70mm

May 13:
Ben-Hur
MGM Camera 65 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

June 15:
Can-Can
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe
 
 
1961

February 10:
The Alamo
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

March 16:
Spartacus
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe

May 9:
Exodus
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

1962

February 16:
King Of Kings
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

April 5:
West Side Story
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

October 4:
El Cid
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera
 
 
1963

February 20:
Mutiny On The Bounty
Ultra Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

May 8:
Lawrence Of Arabia
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

August 7:
Cleopatra
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

1964

July 22:
Mediterranean Holiday
MCS Superpanorama 70 / Six-Track Stereo

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

August 12:
It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Ultra Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

September 30:
Circus World
Super Technirama 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe

December 23:
My Fair Lady
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera
 
 
1965

April 15:
The Sound Of Music
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe

August 11:
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera
 
 
1966

January 19:
The Agony And The Ecstasy
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

May 25:
Doctor Zhivago
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Riviera

September 14:
Khartoum
Ultra Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama (theatre's opening engagement, built for Cinerama)
 
 
1967

February 8:
Grand Prix
Super Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe

May 24:
The Sand Pebbles
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [PTI] Riviera

November 1:
Gone With The Wind (Re-Issue)
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe

December 21:
Far From The Madding Crowd
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama
 
 
1968

March 13:
Doctor Zhivago (Re-Issue)
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
“Presented In The Grandeur of 70mm Stereophonic Sound”

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama

June 26
Doctor Dolittle
Todd-AO / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [PTI] Riviera

July 24:
War and Peace (“Vojna I Mir”)
Sovscope 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved-Seat Engagement
“The Only Engagement In N.Y. State Outside of New York City!”

Rochester: [Schine] Monroe

Shown in two parts

October 17:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Super Panavision 70 / "Cinerama" / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama
 
 
1969

February 12:
Oliver!
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama

June 26:
Sweet Charity
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Henrietta: [Jo-Mor] Towne

July 30:
Krakatoa, East Of Java
Uncredited 65mm / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [PTI] Riviera

August 14:
Ben-Hur (Re-Issue)
MGM Camera 65 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama

October 16:
Ice Station Zebra
Super Panavision 70 / “Cinerama” / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama

November 5:
Paint Your Wagon
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Henrietta: [Jo-Mor] Towne

December 17:
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama
 
 
1970

December 23:
Song Of Norway
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Rochester: [Countrywide] Riviera

1971

April 28:
Ryan’s Daughter
Super Panavision 70 / Six-Track Stereo
Reserved Seat Engagement

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama

1973

May 16:
This Is Cinerama (Re-Issue)
Cinerama / Six-Track Stereo
Cinerama Releasing

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama

[First time in 70mm — original 1961 engagement in 3-strip Cinerama]

1977

December 14:
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex
 
 
1979

May 25:
Alien
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex

May 25:
Sleeping Beauty (Re-Issue)
Super Technirama 70 / Six-Track Stereo

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama

1980

May 21:
The Empire Strikes Back
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex

August 1:
Raise The Titanic
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo
“Jo-Mor's Panorama, with Rochester's largest motion picture screen, is proud to present Raise The Titanic in the splendor of widescreen 70mm six-track Dolby Stereo.”

Penfield: [Jo-Mor] Panorama

1981:

June 12:
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo
“You Haven't Seen It Until You've Seen it In 70mm”

Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex

(70mm noted in advertisements with above tagline beginning on July 10)
 
 
1982

March 19:
Quest For Fire
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo
'Presented In The Splendor Of 70mm and Dolby Stereo'

Henrietta: [Loews] Towne

June 4:
Poltergeist
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Greece: [Jo-Mor] Stoneridge Plaza

June 4:
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex

June 18:
Annie
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Henrietta: [Loews] Towne

September 17:
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Greece: [Jo-Mor] Stoneridge Plaza

1983

January 21:
Gandhi
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex

May 25:
Return Of The Jedi
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex

September 30:
Brainstorm
Super Panavision 70 & Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Greece: [Jo-Mor] Stoneridge Plaza
 
 
1984

May 23:
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Greece: [Jo-Mor] Stoneridge Plaza
Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex
Webster: [Loews] Webster

June 1:
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Henrietta: [Loews] Towne

December 7:
2010
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Greece: [Jo-Mor] Stoneridge Plaza
Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex
Webster: [Loews] Webster

December 14:
Dune
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Henrietta: [Loews] Towne

1985

March 29:
Return Of The Jedi (Re-Issue)
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Webster: [Loews] Webster

June 21:
Cocoon
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Greece: [Jo-Mor] Stoneridge Plaza
Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex

July 10:
Silverado
Spherical (Super-35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Henrietta: [Loews] Towne
 
 
1986

July 18:
Aliens
Spherical Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Henrietta: [Loews] Towne

November 26:
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Henrietta: [Loews] Towne

1987

June 3:
The Untouchables
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex

1989

May 24:
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Anamorphic Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Greece: [Jo-Mor] Stoneridge Plaza
Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex
Webster: [Loews] Webster

1990

June 15:
Dick Tracy
Spherical (Super 35) Blow-Up / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Webster: [Loews] Webster
Pittsford: [GCC] Pittsford Plaza 6 (uncomfirmed)


1992

May 22:
Far And Away
Panavision Super 70 / Six-Track Dolby Stereo

Pittsford: [Loews] Pittsford Triplex

Includes 70mm Sneak Preview on May 16

(This run was unadvertised in local newspapers – a 5/21/92 story in the Rochester Times-Union on Kodak's involvement in the national 70mm release mentioned the Pittsford engagement.)
 
 

Sources/References

 
The newspaper archives at the Rundel Library in downtown Rochester and their Democrat & Chronicle/Times-Union sections. As noted above, Michael Coate and Bill Kallay's previous work filled in some gaps as well. Numerous articles on in70mm were helpful.
 
 
  
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