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70mm Presentations in Orlando, USA
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1965-Present

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 01.01.2023
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the Orlando area of Florida, 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

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS
Altamonte Renaissance Centre

LAKE BUENA VISTA
Pleasure Island / Downtown Disney / Disney Springs

ORLANDO
Beacham
Colonial Promenade
Fashion Square
Fashion Village
Plaza
Sand Lake
Waterford Lakes

WINTER PARK
Park

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)

1965-01-22 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Beacham (4)
1965-04-14 … MY FAIR LADY* … Park (19)
1965-04-15 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Beacham (60)

1966-06-30 … KHARTOUM* … Beacham (5)

1967-03-15 … THE BIBLE* … Park (12)

1968-01-24 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Park (12)
1968-03-08 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Beacham (12)
1968-05-31 … CAMELOT* … Beacham (10)
1968-08-09 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Beacham (11)
1968-12-18 … STAR!* … Park (9)

1969-02-07 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG … Beacham (7)
1969-03-28 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Beacham (7)
1969-06-06 … SWEET CHARITY* … Beacham (6)
1969-07-18 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Beacham (7)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Park (23)
1969-12-18 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Beacham (9)

1970-05-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Beacham (2)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Park (23)

1982-05-28 … ROCKY III … Park (12)

1983-02-11 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER … Park (3)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Fashion Square (24)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Park (18)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Park (7)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Plaza (18)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Park (8)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Park (7)

1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Plaza [sneak preview]
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Park (5)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Park [sneak preview]
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Park (21)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Colonial Promenade (18)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Park (12)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Park (12)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES… Park (10)

1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Fashion Village (20)
1989-06-23 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Colonial Promenade (5)

1990-06-14 … DICK TRACY … Pleasure Island [world premiere]
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Altamonte Renaissance Centre (12)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Fashion Village (16)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Pleasure Island (9)
1990-07-14 … ARACHNOPHOBIA … Pleasure Island [sneak preview]
1990-07-18 … ARACHNOPHOBIA … Pleasure Island (5)
1990-10-05 … FANTASIA … Pleasure Island (5)

1991-06-21 … THE ROCKETEER … Pleasure Island (#1: 5)
1991-06-21 … THE ROCKETEER … Pleasure Island (#2: 1)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Fashion Village [sneak preview]
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Altamonte Renaissance Centre [sneak preview]
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Fashion Village [sneak preview]
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Altamonte Renaissance Centre (9)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Fashion Village (9)
1992-08-07 … FAR AND AWAY … Park (8)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Fashion Square (5)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Downtown Disney (1+)
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Waterford Lakes (1+)

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Disney Springs (1+)
2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Waterford Lakes (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, Motion Picture Exhibitor, Orlando Sentinel, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Laura Baas (State Library of Florida), Nick DiMaggio, Mark Marshall, and Thomas Procyk.

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