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70mm Presentations in Charlotte
A Chronology of Large Format Exhibition, 1963-Present

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 01.09.2020
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

The focus of this work is 5-perf 70mm feature films and the cinemas in which they were exhibited. Short subjects, 8-perf and 15-perf (IMAX, Iwerks, etc.) and Special Venue presentations have not been included (but consideration will be given to adding them in a revision).

The emphasis here is on the titles that received publicly-promoted, commercial exhibition in 70mm and their playdates. To facilitate an easy-to-reference title- and date-based layout, no details have been provided pertaining to the brand of 70mm (i.e. Todd-AO, Super Panavision, Ultra Panavision, Cinerama, D-150, etc.) or technical particulars of each presentation (i.e. O-neg source, inter-neg source, blow-up, pillarboxed, letterboxed, Dolby A, Dolby SR, five screen channels vs. three, baby boom, split surround, digital sound, etc.).
 
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Part 1: The Cinemas

 
CHARLOTTE
Capri
Carolina
Dilworth
Manor
Ovens Auditorium (mobile/temp installation for special events?)
Park Terrace
Southpark
Stonecrest / Stonecrest at Piper Glen 22 & IMAX
University Place
Tower Place
Town Center Plaza

MATTHEWS
Matthews Festival

An overview of each cinema will be provided in a forthcoming revision.
 
 

Part 2: The Engagements

 
Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … TITLE … Cinema (duration in weeks) [notes]

* Reserved-seat engagement (i.e. roadshow)

1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Dilworth (28)
1963-09-24 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Carolina (5)

1964-08-20 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Carolina (6) [“Cinerama”]
1964-09-30 … BECKET … Carolina (4)
1964-10-28 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY … Carolina (1)

1965-01-28 … MY FAIR LADY* … Capri (15)
1965-03-31 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Carolina (79)
1965-06-23 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Capri (10)
1965-12-25 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES … Manor (4)

1966-01-26 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Capri (7)
1966-10-05 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Carolina (24)

1967-06-21 … GRAND PRIX* … Carolina (18)
1967-10-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Carolina (32)
1967-12-22 … CAMELOT* … Park Terrace (15)

1968-04-03 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Park Terrace (10)
1968-06-06 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Carolina (13)
1968-09-05 … OKLAHOMA! … Carolina (2)
1968-12-18 … STAR!* … Carolina (8)

1969-01-23 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Park Terrace (6)
1969-02-12 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Carolina (9)
1969-05-15 … SWEET CHARITY* … Carolina (8)
1969-07-10 … BEN-HUR* … Carolina (4)
1969-08-07 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Carolina (6)
1969-12-10 … SOUTH PACIFIC … Carolina (2)
1969-12-17 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Carolina (premiere)
1969-12-25 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Carolina (11)

1970-01-23 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS … Park Terrace (5)
1970-03-11 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Carolina (16)
1970-05-20 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Park Terrace (1)
1970-07-01 … PATTON … Carolina (17)
1970-12-23 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Carolina (9)

1971-04-29 … PATTON … Carolina (3)
1971-05-26 … TORA! TORA! TORA! … Carolina (1)
1971-06-04 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Carolina (3)
1971-08-18 … PORGY AND BESS … Carolina (1)
1971-08-27 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Carolina (2)
1971-09-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Carolina (1)
1971-09-17 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Carolina (2)
1971-10-01 … CLEOPATRA … Carolina (1)
1971-10-06 … SONG OF NORWAY … Carolina (1)
1971-10-15 … MY FAIR LADY … Carolina (1)
1971-11-05 … HELLO, DOLLY! … Carolina (1)

1972-02-09 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Carolina (1)
1972-03-15 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF … Park Terrace (12) [70mm?]
1972-03-31 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Carolina (2)

1974-07-18 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Park Terrace (1)

1975-09-05 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Park Terrace (1)
1975-12-12 … CAMELOT … Park Terrace (1)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Park Terrace (16)
1979-11-16 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Capri (5)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Park Terrace (30)

1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Park Terrace (19)
1983-05-28 … STROKER ACE … Ovens Auditorium (world premiere) [70mm?]
1983-10-07 … BRAINSTORM … Park Terrace (5)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Park Terrace (12)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Park Terrace (8)

1985-05-24 … AMADEUS … Town Center Plaza (1)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Park Terrace (sneak preview)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Park Terrace (6)
1985-08-02 … THE GOONIES … University Plaza (1)

1989-09-15 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Southpark (2)

1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Southpark (9)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Southpark (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Southpark (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Matthews Festival (8)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Southpark (7)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Southpark (4)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Stonecrest (2+)

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Stonecrest (2+)

Note that some of the titles included in this chronology were presented in 35mm (or, recently, DCP) during the latter week(s) of their engagement due to contractual terms or print damage (and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print) or because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse may have been true in some cases whereas a booking began with a 35mm print because the lab was unable to complete the 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In these cases, any 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

During the roadshow era, the reserved-seat policy, in some instances, was relaxed during the summer and/or latter weeks of the run. Any non-roadshow portion of such an engagement has been included in the applicable duration figure.

References: Various issues of Boxoffice, The Charlotte Observer, The Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Exhibitor, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Ray Caple, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (Shelia Bumgarner, Tom Cole, Sydney Vaile), Mark Huffstetler and Mike Rogers.

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

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