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

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 28.10.2022
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the greater Denver region of Colorado, 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.).

Part 1: The 70mm-Equipped Cinemas

ARVADA
Cooper 6

AURORA
Cooper 5
East Drive-In

BOULDER
Village

DENVER
Aladdin
Centre
Century 21
Cinema 70
Colorado Center 9
Colorado Plaza 6
Continental
Cooper
Denham
Denver Museum of Nature & Science IMAX
Esquire
International 70
Paramount
Tabor

ENGLEWOOD
Greenwood Plaza 12

LITTLETON
Cooper 7
Festival 6
Southbridge Plaza 8

THORNTON
North Star Drive-In

WESTMINSTER
Westminster Promenade 24

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]

* Roadshow (i.e. reserved-seat engagement)
m/o = continuation of a booking from another cinema
DIFF = Denver International Film Festival

1956-10-17 … OKLAHOMA!* … Tabor (14)

1957-05-15 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Tabor (36)

1958-04-23 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Tabor (32)

1959-03-20 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Centre (6)
1959-10-15 … THE BIG FISHERMAN* … Aladdin (10)
1959-12-25 … PORGY AND BESS* … Aladdin (8)
1959-12-25 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Paramount (5)

1960-02-17 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Aladdin (3)
1960-04-12 … BEN-HUR* … Denham (58)
1960-04-13 … CAN-CAN* … Aladdin (22)

1961-01-19 … SPARTACUS* … Aladdin (22)
1961-03-03 … THE ALAMO* … Paramount (6)
1961-05-25 … EXODUS* … Denham (10)
1961-11-08 … KING OF KINGS* … Denham (1+)

1962-02-07 … EL CID* … Denham (1+)
1962-05-02 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Denham (28)
1962-12-21 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Denham (18)

1963-04-03 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Aladdin (22)
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA … Denham (39)

1964-04-02 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE* … Denham (6)
1964-04-22 … BECKET* … International 70 (1+)
1965-05-13 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Denham (4)
1964-06-11 … THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN … Aladdin (1+)
1964-10-29 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Cooper (51)
1964-11-11 … MY FAIR LADY* … Denham (47)
1964-12-18 … CHEYENNE AUTUMN* … International 70 (9)

1965-03-24 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Aladdin (112)
1965-07-01 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … International 70 (12)
1965-07-21 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Centre (13)
1965-09-23 … HOLIDAY IN SPAIN* … International 70 (4)
1965-10-19 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … International 70 (3)
1965-10-21 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Cooper (8)
1965-12-21 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Cooper (26)
1965-12-22 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … International 70 (14)

1966-01-26 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Continental (13)
1966-03-31 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Denham (46)
1966-03-30 … RUSSIAN ADVENTURE* … International 70 (5)
1966-06-20 … KHARTOUM* … Cooper (19)
1966-09-29 … THE SLEEPING BEAUTY* … Continental (2) [Kirov Ballet]
1966-10-12 … THE BIBLE* … Continental (1+)
1966-11-23 … IS PARIS BURNING?* … Esquire (1+) [70mm?]

1967-01-25 … GRAND PRIX* … Cooper (40)
1967-02-14 … HAWAII* … Denham (25) [70mm?]
1967-05-17 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Aladdin (1+)
1967-10-25 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Cooper (13)
1967-10-25 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Denham (51)

1968-01-25 … CUSTER OF THE WEST* … Cooper (11)
1968-02-14 … CAMELOT* … Aladdin (40)
1968-03-06 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Continental (17)
1968-04-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Cooper (42)
1968-05-04 … STAR!* … Aladdin [sneak preview]
1968-10-23 … FUNNY GIRL* … Continental (60) [70mm?]
1968-11-06 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Denham (17)
1968-12-18 … STAR!* … Aladdin (13)
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Centre (15)

1969-01-29 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Cooper (17)
1969-02-05 … OLIVER!* … Century 21 (1+) [70mm?]
1969-02-26 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Denham (1+)
1969-04-01 … SWEET CHARITY* … Centre (12)
1969-07-16 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Cooper (15)
1969-10-29 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Cooper (48)
1969-12-17 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Denham (1+)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Continental (27)

1970-03-04 … PATTON* … Aladdin (25)
1970-10-14 … TORA! TORA! TORA!* … Century 21 (22)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Aladdin (20)

1971-11-10 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … Aladdin (57) [70mm?]

1972-12-14 … MAN OF LA MANCHA* … Aladdin (1+) [70mm?]

1973-10-10 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Cooper (5)

1974-07-26 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! … Cooper (11)
1974-??-?? … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … cinema (?)

1975-07-02 … ROLLERBALL … Century 21 (13)

1976-06-23 … LOGAN’S RUN … Continental (6)

1977-05-25 … STAR WARS … Cooper (29) [70mm from Week 11]
1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Cooper (27)
1977-12-14 … STAR WARS … Continental (26)

1978-06-02 … CAPRICORN ONE … Century 21 (1+)
1978-12-15 … SUPERMAN … Century 21 (25) [70mm from Week 2]

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Cooper (19)
1979-10-03 … ALIEN … Aladdin (4)
1979-12-14 … 1941 … Century 21 (1+)
1979-12-21 … THE BLACK HOLE … Continental (1+)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Cooper (30)
1980-06-20 … THE BLUE LAGOON … Continental (6)
1980-08-01 … RAISE THE TITANIC … Continental (1+)
1980-09-26 … DIVINE MADNESS … Continental (1+)
1980-12-19 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Cooper (1+)

1981-01-16 … ALTERED STATES … Century 21 [sneak preview]
1981-01-23 … ALTERED STATES … Century 21 (1+)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Continental (1+)
1981-06-12 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Century 21 (25)
1981-09-04 … STAR WARS / EMPIRE … Paramount [WorldCon/Denvention II] (70mm?)

1982-03-05 … BLADE RUNNER … Continental [sneak preview]
1982-03-05 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Cooper (1+)
1982-06-18 … ANNIE … Century 21 (1+)
1982-06-25 … BLADE RUNNER … Cooper (4)
1982-09-17 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Cooper (1+)
1982-11-19 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Continental (?)

1983-01-21 … GANDHI … Century 21 (1+)
1983-05-06 … OKLAHOMA! … Cooper (3)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Continental (7)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Cooper (28)
1983-07-15 … STAYING ALIVE … Century 21 (1+)
1983-07-22 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … North Star Drive-In (1+)
1983-10-07 … BRAINSTORM … Continental (5)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Century 21 (1+)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Century 21 (1+)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Southbridge Plaza (1+)
1984-06-08 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Cooper 7 (1+)
1984-09-19 … AMADEUS … Cooper (1+)
1984-10-17 … THE RAZOR’S EDGE … Paramount [DIFF – world premiere] (70mm?)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Century 21 (1+)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Southbridge Plaza (1+)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Cooper 5 (1+)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Cooper 7 (1+)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Continental (1+)

1985-03-28 … STAR WARS / EMPIRE / JEDI … Continental [triple feature]
1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Continental (1+)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Cooper (1+)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Continental (1+)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Cooper 7 (1+)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Cooper 5 [sneak preview]
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Century 21 (1+)
1985-08-16 … AMERICAN FLYERS … Cooper (1+)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Century 21 (1+)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Century 21 [sneak preview]
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Century 21 (11)
1986-06-06 … SPACECAMP … Cooper (1+)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Continental (1+)
1986-08-01 … HOWARD THE DUCK … Century 21 (3)
1986-10-17 … THE COLOR OF MONEY … Continental (1+)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Cooper 5 (1+)
1986-12-25 … THE MISSION … Cooper (1+)
1986-12-?? … TOP GUN … Cooper 7 (1+)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Cooper 5 (1+)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Cooper 6 (1+)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Festival 6 (1+)
1987-06-12 … THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK … Continental (1+)
1987-06-24 … SPACEBALLS … Cooper (1+)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Cooper (1+)
1987-12-11 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN … Continental (1+)

1988-05-20 … WILLOW … Continental (1+)
1988-06-22 … WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT … Cooper (1+)
1988-07-15 … DIE HARD … Continental (1+)
1988-09-23 … GORILLAS IN THE MIST … Cooper (1+)

1989-04-28 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Esquire (1+)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Century 21 (1+)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Cooper 5 (1+)
1989-06-09 … STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER … Continental (1+)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … Continental (1+)

1990-03-02 … THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER … Century 21 (1+)
1990-05-25 … STAR WARS / EMPIRE / JEDI … Continental [triple feature]
1990-06-01 … TOTAL RECALL … Continental (1+)
1990-06-27 … DAYS OF THUNDER … Century 21 (1+)
1990-07-03 … DIE HARD 2 … Cooper (1+)
1990-10-05 … FANTASIA … Century 21 (1+)
1990-12-25 … THE GODFATHER PART III … Century 21 (1+)

1991-03-01 … THE DOORS … Continental (1+)
1991-05-24 … BACKDRAFT … Colorado Plaza (1+)
1991-07-02 … TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY … Continental (1+)
1991-12-06 … STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY … Century 21 (1+)
1991-12-10 … HOOK … Continental (1+)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … cinema (?) [sneak preview]
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … cinema (?) [sneak preview]
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Century 21 (1+)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Greenwood Plaza (1+)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Century 21 (1+)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Continental (1+)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Village (1+)

1993-05-28 … CLIFFHANGER … Cooper (1+)
1993-06-17 … LAST ACTION HERO … Continental (1+)
1993-10-08 … GETTYSBURG … Century 21 (1+)

1997-01-24 … HAMLET … Esquire (1+)

1998-??-?? … TITANIC … Colorado Center (?)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Continental (1+)
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Westminster Promenade (1+)

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK …Continental (1+)
2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK …Westminster Promenade (1+)
2017-11-15 … JUSTICE LEAGUE …Continental (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 Denver Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Exhibitor, Rocky Mountain News and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Matthew Campbell, Denver Public Library, William Kucharski, Monty Marin, W.R. Miller, Kenneth Mitchell, Joe Redifer, Cliff Stephenson, Vince Young.

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