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70mm Presentations in Champaign
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1980-Present

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 27.05.2023
What follows is a work-in-progress chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the Champaign-Urbana region of Illinois, 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.

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.).

Part 1: The 70mm-Equipped Cinemas


Savoy 10 / Savoy 14 (two screens equipped with 70mm)

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]

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

1981-05-08 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Virginia (2)

1982-10-08 … TRON … Virginia (2)
1982-10-22 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Virginia (1)

1983-08-27 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER … Virginia [midnight]
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Virginia (5)

1984-02-17 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Virginia (7)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Virginia (6)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Virginia (7)

1989-09-29 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Virginia (3)

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

1997-03-13 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Virginia [Cyberfest]

1999-04-25 … TRON … Virginia [EbertFest] (35mm substitution)

2000-04-30 … OKLAHOMA! … Virginia [EbertFest]

2001-04-25 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Virginia [EbertFest]

2002-04-24 … PATTON … Virginia [EbertFest]

2003-04-23 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Virginia [EbertFest] (35mm substitution)

2004-04-21 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Virginia [EbertFest]

2005-04-20 … PLAYTIME … Virginia [EbertFest]

2006-04-26 … MY FAIR LADY … Virginia [EbertFest]

2008-04-23 … HAMLET … Virginia [EbertFest]

2009-04-26 … BARAKA … Virginia [EbertFest]

2010-04-21 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Virginia [EbertFest] (35mm substitution)
2010-04-22 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Virginia [EbertFest] (35mm REDUX substitution)

2018-04-19 … INTERSTELLAR … Virginia [EbertFest]
2018-08-20 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Virginia (1) [50th anniversary re-issue]

2020-04-18 … VERTIGO … Virginia [EbertFest] (canceled)

Q&A/post-screening-discussion guests for the 1997 screening of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY were actor Gary Lockwood and “2001: Filming the Future” author Piers Bizony. Event was hosted by film critic and University of Illinois alum Roger Ebert and served as a belated birthday celebration for HAL9000 who in the film was said to have been born in Urbana, Illinois in 1992 (the locale of the University of Illinois).

Q&A/post-screening-discussion guests for the EbertFest screenings were….

TRON: Steven Lisberger and David Warner
OKLAHOMA!: Tim Zinnemann
2001: Keir Dullea, Frederick Ordway and (by telephone) Sir Arthur C. Clarke
PATTON: Dr. Richard Vetter
THE RIGHT STUFF: Veronica Cartwright, Donald Moffat and Scott Wilson
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: Robert A. Harris and Anne V. Coates
PLAYTIME: Jonathan Rosenbaum
MY FAIR LADY: Marni Nixon, Robert A. Harris and Jim Katz
HAMLET: Timothy Spall and Rufus Sewell
BARAKA: Mark Magidson and Ron Fricke
INTERSTELLAR: Professor Miguel Alcubierre and Brand Fortner

Note that some of the titles included in this chronology may have been presented in 35mm 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 an engagement (or movement out of a branded auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.

References: Various issues of the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and The Daily Illini, plus projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Champaign County Historical Archives, Steve Kraus and Tim McGlynn.

Dedicated to Roger Ebert, 1942-2013

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