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70mm Presentations in Palm Springs
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1967-Present

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Compiled by: Michael Coate & William KallayDate: 08.02.2023
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the Palm Springs region of the Low Desert in California, 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 is on the titles that were given publicly-promoted, commercial exhibition in the 70mm format in the region along with 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

CATHEDRAL CITY
Desert IMAX

PALM SPRINGS
Camelot / Festival of Arts
Courtyard

PALM DESERT
Town Center / Cinemas Palme D’Or

INDIO
MKA / Cine-Mex (?)

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]

1967-02-05 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Camelot (4)
1967-03-08 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Camelot (11)

1968-10-30 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Camelot (6)

1970-09-16 … PATTON … Camelot (4)

1977-12-21 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Camelot (12)

1980-??-?? … THE BLACK HOLE … MKA (?)

1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Camelot (5)

1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Camelot (17)
1983-11-11 … BRAINSTORM … Camelot (3)
1983-11-11 … BRAINSTORM … Town Center (2)
1983-11-11 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Town Center (5)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Camelot (9)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Town Center (12)
1984-07-27 … INDIANA JONES / SUPERMAN III … Camelot (1)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Camelot (6)

1985-02-01 … AMADEUS … Camelot (14)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Camelot (6)

1988-01-15 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN … Camelot (2)
1988-06-10 … THE LAST EMPEROR … Camelot (1)

1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Town Center (10) [70mm from Week 3]
1989-10-06 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Camelot (2)

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Camelot (1+)

2022-05-06 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Camelot [Palm Springs 70mm Getaway]
2022-05-07 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Camelot [Palm Springs 70mm Getaway]
2022-05-08 … WEST SIDE STORY … Camelot [Palm Springs 70mm Getaway]

Note that some of the titles included in this chronology were 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.

References: Various issues of Boxoffice, Motion Picture Exhibitor and Variety; The Desert Sun and Los Angeles Times; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Daniel Schulz and Jeff Thurman.

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