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70mm Presentations in Des Moines
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1960-Present

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 28.10.2022
What follows is a title-based chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in Des Moines, Iowa, 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

Capri
Ingersoll
Plaza / Merle Hay Mall
River Hills
Science Center of Iowa (IMAX)

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)


1960-11-10 … BEN-HUR* … Capri (22)

1961-04-11 … EXODUS* … Capri (8)

1962-04-11 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Capri (16)
1962-08-03 … EL CID* … Capri (13)

1963-04-12 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Capri (8)
1963-06-05 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Capri (11)
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Ingersoll (28)

1964-10-02 … WEST SIDE STORY … Capri (1)

1964-10-31 … EXODUS … Capri (4 days)
1964-12-23 … MY FAIR LADY* … Ingersoll (26)

1965-04-07 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Capri (113)
1965-06-23 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Ingersoll (14)

1966-01-20 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Ingersoll (9)
1966-12-23 … THE BIBLE* … Ingersoll (21)

1967-06-07 … OKLAHOMA! … Capri (2)
1967-09-27 … GRAND PRIX* … Capri (10)
1967-12-22 … CAMELOT* … Ingersoll (23)
1967-12-22 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Capri (27)

1968-04-19 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … River Hills (10)
1968-06-13 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Ingersoll (11)
1968-06-26 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … River Hills (20)
1968-08-02 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Capri (2)
1968-11-13 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … River Hills (18)
1968-11-27 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Capri (4)
1968-12-19 … STAR!* … Ingersoll (10)

1969-03-19 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … River Hills (13)
1969-05-22 … SWEET CHARITY* … Ingersoll (11)
1969-06-18 … BEN-HUR* … River Hills (8)
1969-08-14 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … River Hills (8)
1969-11-12 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … River Hills (24)

1970-04-29 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … River Hills (5)
1970-06-03 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … River Hills (6)
1970-07-15 … PATTON … River Hills (14) [70mm from Week 6]
1970-09-11 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Capri (6)
1970-10-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … River Hills (6)
1970-12-02 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … River Hills (3)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … River Hills (9)

1971-04-23 … MY FAIR LADY … Capri (2)
1971-04-30 … TORA! TORA! TORA! … River Hills (2)
1971-05-14 … PAINT YOUR WAGON … River Hills (2)
1971-05-28 … GRAND PRIX … River Hills (2)
1971-05-28 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Capri (2)
1971-06-11 … CLEOPATRA … Capri (1)
1971-06-11 … SONG OF NORWAY … River Hills (1)
1971-06-18 … SONG OF NORWAY … Capri (1)
1971-06-25 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … River Hills (3)
1971-07-16 … HELLO, DOLLY! … River Hills (1)

1972-01-01 … GONE WITH THE WIND … River Hills (1)
1972-01-21 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS … River Hills (1)
1972-01-28 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … River Hills (1)
1972-02-04 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … River Hills (2)
1972-02-18 … EXODUS … River Hills (1)
1972-02-25 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW … River Hills (1)
1972-03-08 … GONE WITH THE WIND … River Hills (1)
1972-09-13 … GRAND PRIX … River Hills (1)
1972-09-20 … BECKET … River Hills (1)
1972-09-29 … BEN-HUR … River Hills (1)
1972-10-04 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF … River Hills (5)
1972-11-08 … GONE WITH THE WIND … River Hills (2)
1972-11-22 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGOGO … River Hills (2)
1972-12-06 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … River Hills (1)
1972-12-13 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … River Hills (1)

1973-03-14 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … River Hills (1)
1973-03-14 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Capri (11)
1973-03-21 … MAN OF LA MANCHA* … River Hills (4)
1973-05-09 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … River Hills (2)
1973-07-11 … THIS IS CINERAMA … River Hills (7)
1973-08-29 … THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE … River Hills (4)
1973-09-26 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … River Hills (3)
1973-10-17 … CAMELOT … River Hills (3)
1973-10-19 … THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH … River Hills [Fri-Sat midnight]
1973-11-09 … TOM SAWYER … River Hills (2)
1973-12-07 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF … River Hills (2)

1974-02-01 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … River Hills (1)
1974-07-03 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … River Hills (4)
1974-08-07 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! … River Hills (10)
1974-10-18 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … River Hills (3)
1974-10-23 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Capri (2)

1975-05-16 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … River Hills (1)
1975-05-23 … CAMELOT … River Hills (1)
1975-05-30 … HELLO, DOLLY! … River Hills (1)
1975-06-06 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … River Hills (2)
1975-06-18 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! … River Hills (1)
1975-09-19 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … River Hills (1)
1975-09-26 … PAINT YOUR WAGON … River Hills (2)
1975-10-10 … WEST SIDE STORY … River Hills (1)

1978-10-20 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … River Hills (9)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … River Hills (10)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … River Hills (30)

1981-05-08 … GREASE … River Hills (2)
1981-08-21 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … River Hills (15)

1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … River Hills (8)
1982-09-17 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … River Hills (1)
1982-09-24 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … River Hills (1)
1982-10-01 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … River Hills (1)
1982-10-08 … POLTERGEIST … River Hills (2)

1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … River Hills (26)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Plaza (6)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … River Hills (19)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … River Hills (7)

1985-03-01 … AMADEUS … Plaza (4)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … River Hills (8)

1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … River Hills (31) [70mm from Week 8]

1988-05-20 … WILLOW … River Hills (9) [70mm from Week 6]

1989-07-14 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … River Hills (2)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … River Hills (10)
1989-09-29 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER … River Hills [Fri-Sat midnight]

1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … River Hills [sneak preview]
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … River Hills (10)
1992-12-07 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Merle Hay Mall [70mm?]
1992-12-08 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Merle Hay Mall [70mm?]
1992-12-09 … DAYS OF THUNDER … Merle Hay Mall [70mm?]
1992-12-10 … TOP GUN … Merle Hay Mall [70mm?]
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … River Hills (5)

1993-11-19 … GETTYSBURG … River Hills (3)

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 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, Cinema Treasures, The Des Moines Register, Motion Picture Exhibitor, and Variety, plus projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records

Special Thanks: Paul Johnson, Des Moines Public Library, Robert Smith.

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