|In the 1950s and '60 it was customary for projector manufactures to keep inventory lists of all their 70mm installations. At least, Philips Cinema maintained a comprehensive DP70 list which they used to sell their products. On the back cover of the original European DP70 Brochure from August 1960, Philips listed 231 cinemas with the DP70. That is approximately 462 machines. Three years later on January 16, 1964 North American Philips Company, Inc. (Motion Picture Equipment Division) released an updated list of DP70 installations with many more cinemas.|
The group of cinemas equipped with the DP70 is very long and impressive. Many of the world's most prestigious cinemas had the "Rolls-Royce" of 70mm projectors installed.
As my interest grew for the DP70 I created many lists on paper with the DP70 installations. First on a typewriter, and later on a PC in WordPerfect. in 1999, in70mm.com opened, and eventually, all this material was transferred to the internet - and more or less as it looks now. Philips Cinema kept very detailed lists of all cinemas with the DP70, and those lists are the basis of my lists on these pages. The cinema lists also include observations from fans and myself.
Additionally, where available, I have noted how many projectors each cinema had, as well as information about screen size, number of seats, technical equipment, Cinerama & Cinemiracle and information about speakers, sound formats etc. For many cinemas the number of seats reflects how many seats the cinema had on the day of DP70 installation. Seating capacity information of early US cinemas is based on Motion Picture Almanac 1961 and Variety.
By 1959 the number of Todd-AO installations had increased to 86 in the US and Canada.
By January 1960 there were 34 cinemas with the DP70 (19 CMA and 15 ABC) in Great Britain.
By August 1960 the DP70 was installed in 231 venues = 462+ machines (US and rest of the world).
By OSCAR Night, in March 1963, there were 525 DP70 installations (= more than 1050 machines) in 39 countries.
By December 1964 more than 1100 cinemas worldwide had 70mm installed. Most of them were with the DP70. During the 1966 Photokina exhibition (in Cologne, Germany), Philips Cinema presented the new DeLuxe Projector for 35/70mm, widely know as the DP75 and production of the popular DP70 finally came to an end.
DP70s collected until now (to be updated):
667 Serial Numbers
To separate which installations were the original Todd-AO / DP70 installations, small markers have been included. Where known, I have indicated the source of the information with the following abbreviations:
|l ||= ||Left machine |
|c ||= ||Centre machine |
|r||= ||Right machine |
|s||= ||Single machine |
|#||= ||Screen, cinema & studio number |
|p||= ||Private DP70 (Machine installed at home) |
|P||= ||Present (Cinema is open) |
|T||= ||Temporarily installation |
|C||= ||Used for parts, cannibalised, scrapped or dumped |
|* ||= ||DP70 brochure dated August 1960 |
|»||= ||NORELCO AA11 list dated 16.01.1964|
Installations not mentioned in above mentioned official brochures or lists have no marking. It is of course next to impossible to make a record all DP70 cinemas and serial numbers. Projectors are moved and often re-installed in new places. Cinemas open, close and occasionally the machines are destroyed when cinemas are demolished. When available those details have been included on the cinema lists.
International Projectionist, December 1959.
European DP70 Brochure from August 1960
The ELAgraph vol. 6 no 5 from November 1960 (110 cinemas in the States and 130 cinemas outside the States) (Installations indicated with “*”).
North American Philips Company, Inc. (Norelco), issued a list dated January 16, 1964 (Installations indicated with “»”).
|More in 70mm reading:|
DP70 - The Todd-AO Projector
DP70 Cinemas everywhere
DP70 Serial Numbers