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

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 02.10.2021
‘Alien’ Indianapolis opening-day advert, Indianapolis Star, 25th May 1979

What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the Indianapolis region of Indiana, 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

CARMEL
Woodland

INDIANAPOLIS
Circle
College Park
Eastwood
Georgetown (?)
Indiana
Irving
Lyric
Twin Theatair Drive-In
Walker
White River State Park 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)

m/o = continuation of a booking from another cinema

1956-08-29 … OKLAHOMA!* … Lyric (22)

1957-08-08 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Lyric (26)

1958-04-24 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Lyric (45)

1959-03-27 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Lyric (6)
1959-12-25 … PORGY AND BESS* … Lyric (8)

1960-02-23 … BEN-HUR* … Lyric (36)
1960-03-23 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Twin Theatair Drive-In (1)
1960-11-09 … CAN-CAN* … Lyric (9)

1961-03-09 … SPARTACUS* … Lyric (10)
1961-05-17 … EXODUS* … Lyric (11)
1961-12-21 … KING OF KINGS* … Lyric (10)

1962-03-01 … EL CID* … Lyric (11)
1962-05-18 … OKLAHOMA! … Lyric (2)
1962-06-27 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Lyric (11)

1962-03-20 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Indiana (12)
1963-04-05 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Lyric (12)
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Lyric (31)

1964-03-27 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Lyric (4)
1964-04-24 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE* … Lyric (10)
1964-06-10 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Indiana (27)
1964-09-23 … BECKET … Lyric (3) [70mm?]
1964-12-17 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Indiana (12)
1964-12-25 … MY FAIR LADY* … Circle (34)

1965-03-12 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Indiana (5)
1965-03-31 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Lyric (94)
1965-04-14 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Indiana (27)
1965-08-18 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Circle (16)
1965-10-20 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Indiana (9)
1965-12-22 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Indiana (15)

1966-03-31 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Circle (46)
1966-04-06 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Indiana (12)
1966-06-29 … KHARTOUM* … Indiana (7)
1966-11-09 … THE BIBLE* … Indiana (27)

1967-01-18 … IS PARIS BURNING?* … Lyric (4) [70mm?]
1967-02-14 … HAWAII* … Circle (27) [70mm?]
1967-03-01 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Lyric (24) [70mm?]
1967-05-18 … GRAND PRIX* … Indiana (25)
1967-11-08 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Indiana (33)
1967-12-21 … CAMELOT* … Circle (23)
1967-12-22 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Lyric (9)

1968-02-21 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Lyric (13)
1968-06-27 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Indiana (20)
1968-06-27 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Circle m/o (19 [52])
1968-10-23 … FUNNY GIRL* … Eastwood (34) [70mm?]
1968-11-06 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Circle (15) [70mm?]
1968-11-13 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Indiana (19)
1968-12-19 … STAR!* … Lyric (8)

1969-02-12 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Lyric (7) [70mm?]
1969-03-26 … BEN-HUR* … Indiana (9)
1969-06-05 … SWEET CHARITY* … Georgetown (10) [70mm?]
1969-06-18 … OLIVER!* … Eastwood (21) [70mm?]
1969-07-17 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Indiana (7)
1969-11-12 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Eastwood (18)
1969-12-17 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Indiana (11)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Circle (37)

1970-03-04 … PATTON* … Indiana (16)
1970-07-01 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Twin Theatair Drive-In (1)
1970-10-30 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eastwood (1)
1970-11-06 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Eastwood (1) [70mm?]
1970-11-13 … PATTON … Eastwood (1) [70mm?]
1970-11-20 … FUNNY GIRL … Eastwood (1) [70mm?]
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Eastwood (10)

1971-12-14 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … Circle (26) [70mm?]

1972-04-26 … THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH … Indiana (2)
1972-06-28 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF … Eastwood (12) [70mm?]

1973-03-16 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Eastwood (12)
1973-10-26 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Eastwood (5)

1974-05-15 … PANORAMA BLUE … Eastwood (7)
1974-07-03 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Eastwood (1)

1975-02-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Eastwood [Fri/Sat midnight]
1975-09-05 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Eastwood (2)
1975-09-19 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Eastwood (1)
1975-09-26 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Eastwood (1)

1976-09-24 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Eastwood (4)
1976-10-20 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Woodland (1)
1976-10-29 … CAMELOT … Eastwood (2)
1976-11-10 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW … Woodland (1)
1976-11-24 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT PART 2 … Woodland (1)
1976-12-24 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Woodland (1)

1977-06-29 … A STAR IS BORN … Woodland (1)
1977-09-21 … A STAR IS BORN … Woodland (1)

1978-10-13 … PANORAMA BLUE … Eastwood [Fri/Sat midnight]
1978-11-10 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Eastwood (2)
1978-11-24 … PANORAMA BLUE … Eastwood [Fri/Sat midnight]
1978-12-01 … TOMMY … Eastwood (2)
1978-12-13 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Woodland (1)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Eastwood (13)
1979-10-24 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Eastwood (6)
1979-12-21 … THE BLACK HOLE … Eastwood (11) [70mm from Week 7]

1980-01-30 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Woodland (1)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Eastwood (23)
1980-12-03 … THE BLACK HOLE / SLEEPING BEAUTY … Woodland (1)
1980-12-19 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Eastwood (7)

1981-01-30 … ALTERED STATES … Eastwood (sneak preview)
1981-02-06 … ALTERED STATES … Eastwood (4)
1981-04-03 … THE BLACK HOLE / SLEEPING BEAUTY … Eastwood (1)
1981-04-15 … ALTERED STATES … Woodland (1)
1981-05-20 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Woodland (6)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Eastwood (4) [70mm from Week 3]
1981-07-15 … OUTLAND … Woodland (1)
1981-10-07 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Woodland (1)
1981-11-26 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Eastwood (2)

1982-05-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Woodland (1)
1982-05-26 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Woodland (2)
1982-09-01 … TRON … Woodland (2)
1982-09-10 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Eastwood [Fri/Sat lateshow]
1982-09-17 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Eastwood (9)
1982-12-10 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Woodland (1)
1982-12-10 … TRON / THE JAZZ SINGER … Eastwood (1)

1983-02-11 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER … Eastwood (2)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Eastwood (18)
1983-06-24 … NAPOLEON … Woodland (2)
1983-07-14 … OKLAHOMA! … Woodland (3)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Eastwood (5)
1983-11-04 … PANORAMA BLUE … Eastwood (2)
1983-11-18 … BRAINSTORM … Woodland (1)
1983-12-02 … GANDHI … Eastwood (1)
1983-12-09 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Eastwood (1)
1983-12-09 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Woodland (1)
1983-12-21 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Woodland (4)

1984-08-31 … THE LAST STARFIGHTER … Woodland (2)
1984-10-19 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Eastwood (1)
1984-11-09 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Eastwood (2)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … College Park (6)
1984-12-07 … THE JAZZ SINGER … Eastwood (1)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Eastwood (6)
1984-12-21 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Woodland (5)

1985-01-25 … DUNE … Woodland (1)
1985-02-01 … AMADEUS … Woodland (13)
1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Eastwood (4)
1985-05-03 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Woodland (1)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … College Park (6)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Eastwood (6)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … College Park (sneak preview)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … College Park (2)
1985-08-02 … RETURN TO OZ / PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Woodland (1)
1985-09-13 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Woodland (1)
1985-10-18 … COCOON … Woodland (4)
1985-11-28 … CAMELOT … Eastwood (1)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … College Park (5)
1985-12-06 … AMADEUS … Woodland (1)

1986-07-02 … TOP GUN … Eastwood (6)

1987-03-13 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Eastwood (2)
1987-03-13 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Woodland (2)

1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … College Park (10)
1989-12-01 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … College Park (3)

1990-09-14 … DICK TRACY … Woodland (3)

1991-02-22 … EDWARD SCISSORHANDS … Woodland (1)
1991-03-22 … FANTASIA … Woodland (1)

1998-07-02 … INDEPENDENCE DAY … White River State Park IMAX (3 days)
1998-07-09 … TITANIC … White River State Park IMAX (6)
1998-09-28 … ALIENS … White River State Park IMAX (1)
1998-10-26 … GHOSTBUSTERS … White River State Park IMAX (1)

1999-02-17 … THE WILD BUNCH … White River State Park IMAX (1)
1999-03-31 … BEN-HUR … White River State Park IMAX (1)
1999-06-30 … INDEPENDENCE DAY … White River State Park IMAX (1)
1999-07-07 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … White River State Park IMAX (2)
1999-08-04 … APOCALYPSE NOW … White River State Park IMAX (2)
1999-08-18 … TITANIC … White River State Park IMAX (3)

2016-01-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … White River State Park IMAX (?)

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, The Indianapolis News, The Indianapolis Star, Motion Picture Exhibitor, Variety, and projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Laura Eliason (Indiana State Library) and Aaron Garman.

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