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70mm Presentations in Houston
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1956-Present

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 15.05.2020
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the greater Houston metropolitan area of Texas, 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 focus 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.).

Part 1: The 70mm-Equipped Cinemas

HOUSTON
Alabama
Astrodome (special events)
Commerce Park / Quorum
Delman
Easton Commons
Galleria
Gaylynn
Gaylynn Terrace
Greenway Grand Palace
Gulf Pointe
Memorial
Memorial City
Meyer Park
Meyerland Plaza
Oak Village
Plitt
Quorum (see: Commerce Park)
River Oaks Plaza
Rivoli (see: Uptown)
Saks Center
Sharpstown Center
Southpoint
Southwest
Spectrum
Tower
Town & Country (AMC 10-plex)
Town & Country (Loews Triplex)
Uptown / Rivoli
Westchase
West Oaks
Windsor
Woodlake

SPRING
Spring

WEBSTER
Bay Area

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

Part 2: The 70mm Presentations

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

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

m/o = continuation of a booking from another cinema

1956-06-22 … OKLAHOMA!* … Tower (24)
1956-12-19 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Tower (40)

1958-06-26 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Uptown (30)

1959-02-19 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Tower (10)
1959-06-18 … SOUTH PACIFIC … Tower (10)
1959-10-15 … THE BIG FISHERMAN … Tower (7)
1959-12-25 … PORGY AND BESS* … Tower (8)
1959-12-25 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Rivoli (9)

1960-04-29 … BEN-HUR* … Tower (26)
1960-05-11 … CAN-CAN* … Rivoli (10)
1960-10-26 … THE ALAMO* … Tower (22)
1960-12-22 … SPARTACUS* … Delman (12)

1961-03-29 … EXODUS* … Tower (9)
1961-12-21 … KING OF KINGS* … Tower (9)

1962-03-15 … EL CID* … Alabama (10)
1962-04-04 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Tower (15)

1963-02-28 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Tower (11)
1963-04-05 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Alabama (21)
1963-05-16 … MADAME … Tower (1)
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Tower (25)
1963-12-19 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Windsor (19)

1964-04-09 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE* … Tower (11)
1964-04-30 … BECKET* … Windsor (12)
1964-07-23 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Windsor (12)
1964-11-12 … MY FAIR LADY* … Tower (42)
1964-12-20 … CHEYENNE AUTUMN* … Windsor (12)

1965-03-18 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Windsor (15)
1965-03-31 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Alabama (90)
1965-07-03 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Windsor (12)
1965-08-19 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Gaylynn (6)
1965-12-17 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Windsor (15)
1965-12-22 … MY FAIR LADY … Gaylynn (6)

1966-02-04 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES … Gaylynn (8)
1966-02-17 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Tower (9)
1966-03-30 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Windsor (44)
1966-06-30 … KHARTOUM* … Gaylynn (8)
1966-10-26 … THE BIBLE* … Tower (24)
1966-11-17 … IS PARIS BURNING?* … Gaylynn (10) [70mm?]

1967-02-01 … GRAND PRIX* … Windsor (33)
1967-01-25 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Gaylynn (24) [70mm?]
1967-09-20 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Windsor (7)
1967-10-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Tower (48)
1967-11-08 … CAMELOT* … Alabama (21)
1967-11-08 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Windsor (14)

1968-01-25 … CUSTER OF THE WEST* … Gaylynn (5)
1968-03-07 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Windsor (5)
1968-04-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Windsor (31)
1968-06-05 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Alabama (12)
1968-07-17 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Gaylynn (6)
1968-10-24 … FUNNY GIRL* … Gaylynn (36) [70mm?]
1968-10-30 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Tower (14) [70mm?]
1968-11-12 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Windsor (19)
1968-11-13 … STAR!* … Alabama (11)
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Village (14)

1969-02-05 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Tower (8) [70mm?]
1969-03-26 … OLIVER!* … Windsor (33) [70mm?]
1969-03-28 … BEN-HUR* … Village (8)
1969-05-16 … SWEET CHARITY* … Alabama (12)
1969-07-02 … FUNNY GIRL* … Gaylynn Terrace m/o (17 [53]) [70mm?]
1969-07-02 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Gaylynn (6)
1969-08-13 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Gaylynn (5)
1969-09-17 … CLEOPATRA … Gaylynn (2)
1969-10-08 … CAMELOT … Gaylynn (2)
1969-10-29 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Gaylynn (19)
1969-12-17 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Tower (10)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Alabama (19)
1969-12-19 … MAROONED* … Windsor (13)

1970-03-11 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Gaylynn Terrace m/o (15 [34])
1970-03-12 … PATTON* … Gaylynn (31)
1970-03-20 … AIRPORT … Tower (23) [70mm?]
1970-05-06 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Memorial (6)
1970-09-25 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … Gaylynn Terrace (4)
1970-10-14 … TORA! TORA! TORA!* … Gaylynn (19)
1970-12-05 … BREWSTER McCLOUD* … Astrodome [world premiere]
1970-12-23 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Windsor (12)

1971-02-19 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Gaylynn Terrace (18)
1971-03-19 … MY FAIR LADY … Windsor (6)
1971-09-22 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Windsor (3)
1971-09-24 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Memorial (1)
1971-10-01 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Memorial (4)
1971-10-15 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Alabama (2)
1971-10-21 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Gaylynn Terrace (1)
1971-11-03 … WEST SIDE STORY … Memorial (1)
1971-11-10 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD … Gaylynn (1)
1971-12-01 … EL CID … Memorial (1)
1971-12-14 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … Tower (52) [70mm?]

1972-10-04 … DELIVERANCE … Memorial (11)
1972-10-04 … DELIVERANCE … Windsor (11)
1972-12-01 … SONG OF NORWAY … Gaylynn (1)
1972-12-14 … MAN OF LA MANCHA … Tower (13) [70mm?]
1972-12-22 … THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE … Alabama (27)

1973-03-16 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Tower (15)
1973-04-18 … CAMELOT … Village (5)
1973-06-06 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Windsor (4)
1973-07-03 … TOM SAWYER … Windsor (9)
1973-08-17 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Gaylynn Terrace (2)
1973-08-29 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Gaylynn (2)

1974-07-19 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! … Windsor (23)
1974-08-23 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Gaylynn (7)

1975-06-26 … ROLLERBALL … Windsor (14)
1975-06-27 … THE WIND AND THE LION … Gaylynn Terrace (17)

1976-06-25 … LOGAN’S RUN … Gaylynn Terrace (6)
1976-08-06 … THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE … Gaylynn Terrace (6)

1977-05-27 … STAR WARS … Galleria (60) [70mm from Week 31]
1977-09-23 … JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR … Windsor (2)
1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Alabama (26)
1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Town & Country (24)

1978-11-24 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Gaylynn Terrace (3)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Alabama (18)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Westchase (21)
1979-11-09 … THE ROSE … Galleria (15)
1979-11-16 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Gaylynn Terrace (4)
1979-11-30 … DAYS OF HEAVEN … Windsor (3)
1979-12-21 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Westchase (22)
1979-12-21 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Windsor (4)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Alabama (28)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Westchase (38)

1981-06-12 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Windsor (27) [70mm from Week 4]
1981-12-25 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Westchase (25) [70mm from Week 5]

1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Galleria (8)
1982-06-04 … POLTERGEIST … Southpoint (9)
1982-06-11 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Galleria (32)

1983-05-20 … GANDHI … Galleria (4)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Meyerland Plaza (21)
1983-06-17 … SUPERMAN III … Galleria (8)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Galleria (8)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Meyerland Plaza (5)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Southpoint (7)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Plitt (12)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Southpoint (12)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Westchase (17)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … West Oaks (16)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Gaylynn Terrace (8)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Windsor (7)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Woodlake (7)
1984-07-13 … THE LAST STARFIGHTER … Meyerland Plaza (5)
1984-09-19 … AMADEUS … Galleria (13)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Meyerland Plaza (9)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Southpoint (7)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Westchase (8)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … West Oaks (12)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Galleria (9)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Spring (6)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Plitt (6)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Windsor (7)

1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Galleria (2)
1985-04-12 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Meyerland Plaza (1)
1985-05-24 … AMADEUS … Quorum (2)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … West Oaks (6)
1985-07-06 … SILVERADO … Windsor (sneak preview)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Meyerland Plaza (10)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Windsor (5)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Gaylynn Terrace (sneak preview)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Plitt (sneak preview)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Gaylynn Terrace (4)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Plitt (7)
1985-10-18 … 2010 … Commerce Park (1)
1985-11-01 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Commerce Park (1) [AMC Series 70]
1985-11-08 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Commerce Park (1) [AMC Series 70]
1985-11-15 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Commerce Park (1) [AMC Series 70]
1985-11-22 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Commerce Park (1) [AMC Series 70]
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Meyerland Plaza (7) [70mm from Week 4]
1985-12-06 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Commerce Park (1) [AMC Series 70]
1985-12-13 … BRAINSTORM … Commerce Park (1) [AMC Series 70]
1985-12-20 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Commerce Park (1) [AMC Series 70]
1985-12-20 … OUT OF AFRICA … Galleria (23)
1985-12-27 … STARMAN … Commerce Park (1) [AMC Series 70]

1986-01-03 … WARGAMES … Commerce Park (1) [AMC Series 70]
1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … West Oaks (sneak preview)
1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Woodlake (sneak preview)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … West Oaks (28)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Woodlake (22)
1986-06-06 … ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS … Town & Country (3)
1986-06-06 … SPACECAMP … Galleria (3)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Galleria (11)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … West Oaks (16)
1986-08-01 … HOWARD THE DUCK … Meyerland Plaza (4)
1986-10-24 … TOP GUN … Galleria (1)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … West Oaks (13)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Meyer Park (9)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Saks Center (9)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Bay Area (10) [70mm from Week 9]
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Saks Center (13)
1987-12-11 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN … Galleria (9)

1988-01-15 … GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM … Saks Center (10)
1988-05-20 … WILLOW … Galleria (8)
1988-05-20 … WILLOW … Meyerland Plaza (9) [70mm from Week 6]
1988-07-15 … DIE HARD … Spectrum (14)
1988-09-23 … GORILLAS IN THE MIST … Galleria (7)
1988-11-23 … COCOON: THE RETURN … Meyerland Plaza (6)
1988-11-23 … COCOON: THE RETURN … Spectrum (4)

1989-03-17 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Spectrum (21)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Bay Area (12)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Saks Center (12)
1989-06-22 … BATMAN … Galleria (17)
1989-07-07 … LETHAL WEAPON 2 … Spectrum (11)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … Spectrum (9)

1990-01-12 … VALMONT … Spectrum (2)
1990-05-24 … BACK TO THE FUTURE … Spectrum (triple feature) [70mm?]
1990-05-24 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II … Spectrum (triple feature) [70mm?]
1990-05-24 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III … Spectrum (triple feature)
1990-05-25 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III … Spectrum (8)
1990-06-01 … TOTAL RECALL … Spectrum (11) [70mm from Week 5]
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Galleria (9)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Meyer Park (19)
1990-07-03 … DIE HARD 2 … Galleria (7)
1990-07-18 … ARACHNOPHOBIA … Spectrum (4)
1990-12-12 … HAVANA … Spectrum (5)
1990-12-14 … EDWARD SCISSORHANDS … Spectrum (8)

1991-05-24 … BACKDRAFT … Spectrum (7)
1991-08-23 … BLADE RUNNER … Spectrum (5)
1991-12-11 … HOOK … Spectrum (9)

1992-02-14 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Spectrum (1)
1992-02-21 … WEST SIDE STORY … Spectrum (1)
1992-02-28 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Spectrum (1)
1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … River Oaks Plaza (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … River Oaks Plaza (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Galleria (9)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … River Oaks Plaza (8)
1992-09-25 … THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS … Spectrum (11)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … River Oaks Plaza (4)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Spectrum (5)

1993-05-28 … CLIFFHANGER … Spectrum (6)
1993-06-17 … LAST ACTION HERO … Spectrum (5)
1993-10-08 … GETTYSBURG … River Oaks Plaza (9)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Greenway Grand Palace (?)
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Gulf Pointe (?)

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Greenway Grand Palace (?)
2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Gulf Pointe (?)

2018-06-15 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Greenway Grand Palace (1)

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 Hollywood Reporter, Houston Chronicle, The Houston Post, Motion Picture Exhibitor, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Houston Public Library

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