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

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 09.07.2020
What follows is a title-based chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area of Louisiana, 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

 
GRETNA
Westside

HARAHAN
Elmwood Palace

KENNER
Esplanade Mall

MARRERO
Belle Promenade

METAIRIE
Galleria
Lakeside Cinema (General Cinema)
Lakeside Theatre (Cobb)
Patio
Westgate Drive-In

NEW ORLEANS
Cinerama / Martin Cinerama / Trans-Lux Cinerama
Eastlake
Kenilworth
McAlister Auditorium (Tulane University)
Orpheum
Panorama
Robert E. Lee
Saenger-Orleans
Woolner (?)

SLIDELL
Tiger Drive-In

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)

1956-06-21 … OKLAHOMA!* … Panorama (23)

1957-01-23 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Panorama (28)

1958-04-29 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Panorama (36)

1959-02-25 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Panorama (7)

1963-12-19 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Cinerama (28)

1964-07-01 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Cinerama (13)
1964-07-22 … BECKET* … Saenger-Orleans (6)
1964-11-18 … MY FAIR LADY* … Saenger-Orleans (47)

1965-01-28 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Cinerama (8)
1965-03-25 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Cinerama (18)
1965-07-01 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Orpheum (13)
1965-07-29 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Cinerama (11)
1965-10-20 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Saenger-Orleans (56)

1966-01-28 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Cinerama (13)
1966-02-23 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Orpheum (6)
1966-03-30 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Robert E. Lee (54) [70mm?]
1966-04-29 … RUSSIAN ADVENTURE* … Cinerama (8)
1966-06-23 … KHARTOUM* … Cinerama (12)

1967-01-20 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Lakeside Theatre (19) [70mm from Week 17]
1967-02-23 … THE BIBLE* … Saenger-Orleans (15)
1967-05-24 … GRAND PRIX* … Cinerama (12)
1967-06-01 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Lakeside Theatre (18) [70mm?]
1967-11-01 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Robert E. Lee (48)
1967-11-07 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Cinerama (7)
1967-11-16 … CAMELOT* … Saenger-Orleans (18)

1968-01-25 … CUSTER OF THE WEST* … Cinerama (5)
1968-03-01 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Cinerama (3)
1968-03-21 … HALF A SIXPENCE* … Saenger-Orleans (3) [70mm?]
1968-04-04 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Lakeside Theatre (16)
1968-04-10 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Cinerama (4)
1968-05-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Cinerama (29)
1968-10-29 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Lakeside Theatre (11)
1968-11-12 … STAR!* … Saenger-Orleans (12)
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Cinerama (15)

1969-01-29 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Lakeside Theatre (12)
1969-04-02 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Cinerama (8)
1969-05-28 … BEN-HUR* … Cinerama (6)
1969-06-19 … SWEET CHARITY* … Saenger-Orleans (9)
1969-07-09 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Cinerama (10)
1969-10-29 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Cinerama (18)
1969-12-17 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Robert E. Lee (11)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Saenger-Orleans (22)

1970-03-04 … PATTON* … Cinerama (16)
1970-11-18 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Orpheum (5)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Saenger-Orleans (9)

1971-04-07 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Cinerama (24) [70mm?]
1971-12-14 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … Cinerama (36) [70mm?]

1973-02-07 … MAN OF LA MANCHA* … Cinerama (10) [70mm?]

1973-03-16 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Saenger-Orleans (8)
1973-05-11 … CAMELOT … Saenger-Orleans (6)
1973-10-19 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Cinerama (4)

1974-08-30 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Saenger-Orleans (5)
1974-10-04 … PANORAMA BLUE … Saenger-Orleans (3)

1975-10-24 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Robert E. Lee (2)
1975-10-24 … THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH … Robert E. Lee (4) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1975-11-07 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Robert E. Lee (2)

1978-08-07 … DERSU UZALA … Robert E. Lee (2 days) [New Orleans International Film Festival]
1978-09-22 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Lakeside Theatre (2)

1979-11-09 … THE ROSE … Lakeside Cinema (13)
1979-11-16 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Lakeside Theatre (5)
1979-12-21 … THE BLACK HOLE … Lakeside Theatre (8)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Lakeside Cinema (20)

1981-01-30 … ALTERED STATES … Robert E. Lee (sneak preview)
1981-02-06 … ALTERED STATES … Robert E. Lee (9)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Lakeside Cinema (5)
1981-06-12 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Robert E. Lee (25) [70mm from Week 24]

1982-03-12 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Lakeside Cinema (7)
1982-06-11 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Lakeside Theatre (52) [70mm from Week 28]
1982-07-09 … TRON … Westside (7)
1982-09-10 … ANNIE … Robert E. Lee (1)

1983-01-28 … BLUE THUNDER … Lakeside Cinema (sneak preview)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Lakeside Cinema (18)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Lakeside Cinema (6)
1983-12-02 … BRAINSTORM … Kenilworth (2)

1984-02-03 … OKLAHOMA! … Kenilworth (3)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Belle Promenade (18)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Robert E. Lee (10)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Kenilworth (7)
1984-07-13 … THE LAST STARFIGHTER … Lakeside Theatre (5)
1984-11-09 … GREMLINS … Kenilworth (2)
1984-11-21 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Kenilworth (3)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Belle Promenade (8)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Robert E. Lee (9)
1984-12-14 … 2010 … Eastlake (7)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Lakeside Theatre (5)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Lakeside Cinema (4)

1985-01-11 … THE RIVER … Lakeside Theatre (5)
1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Lakeside (3)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Belle Promenade (7)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Eastlake (8)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Lakeside Cinema (16)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Lakeside Theatre (4)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Kenilworth (sneak preview)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Lakeside Cinema (10)

1986-02-28 … ROCKY IV … Kenilworth (1)
1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Lakeside Theatre (sneak preview)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Lakeside Theatre (22)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Robert E. Lee (12)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Eastlake (10)

1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Lakeside Theatre (13)

1988-02-19 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Kenilworth (1)
1988-05-20 … WILLOW … Robert E. Lee (9)
1988-11-23 … COCOON: THE RETURN … Lakeside Cinema (7)

1989-04-28 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Lakeside Cinema (8)
1989-06-22 … BATMAN … Lakeside Cinema (12)
1989-06-30 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Robert E. Lee (5)

1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Esplanade Mall (9)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Galleria (20)
1990-07-03 … DIE HARD 2 … Lakeside Cinema (7)
1990-07-14 … ARACHNOPHOBIA … Lakeside Cinema (sneak preview)
1990-07-18 … ARACHNOPHOBIA … Lakeside Cinema (11)

1991-03-01 … THE DOORS … Lakeside Theatre (10)

1992-05-08 … BEAUTY AND THE BEAST … Lakeside Theatre (5)
1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Lakeside Cinema (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Lakeside Cinema (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Lakeside Cinema (11)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Lakeside Cinema (4)

1996-06-19 … THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME … Superdome (world premiere)

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

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK …Elmwood Palace (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 Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Exhibitor, The Times-Picayune, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Larry Blake, John Carver, William Hooper and Adam Martin.

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

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