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

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 02.10.2021
‘Star Wars’ 70mm upgrade advert, The Oregonian, 21st October 1977

What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in the Portland region of Oregon (and Washington), 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

BEAVERTON
Town Center / Tanasbourne
Valley
Westgate

PORTLAND
82nd Avenue
Bagdad
Broadway
CineMagic
Eastgate
Fox
Hollywood
KOIN Center
Lloyd
Music Box
Paramount
Rose Moyer
Roseway
Village

TIGARD
Bridgeport Village / Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 + IMAX
Tigard

VANCOUVER (Washington)
Vancouver Plaza

WILSONVILLE
Grand Parkway

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)

1956-11-09 … OKLAHOMA!* … Broadway (20)

1957-04-17 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Broadway (36)

1958-05-27 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Broadway (30)

1959-03-06 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Broadway (5)
1959-11-12 … THE BIG FISHERMAN* … Broadway (5)
1959-12-25 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Hollywood (10)

1960-01-20 … BEN-HUR* … Music Box (52)
1960-06-29 … CAN-CAN* … Hollywood (13)

1961-01-18 … EXODUS* … Music Box (18)
1961-02-02 … SPARTACUS* … Broadway (8)
1961-12-21 … KING OF KINGS* … Music Box (11)

1962-03-14 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Music Box (36)

1963-02-08 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Music Box (19)
1963-04-10 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Fox (11)
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Paramount (37)
1963-12-19 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Hollywood (44)

1964-04-15 … THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE* … Music Box (14)
1964-10-22 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Hollywood (11)
1964-11-16 … MY FAIR LADY* … Paramount (46)

1965-01-07 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Hollywood (12)
1965-04-07 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Fox (116)
1965-04-15 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Hollywood (14)
1965-07-20 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Hollywood (12)
1965-08-18 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Broadway (30)

1966-01-19 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Hollywood (14)
1966-04-06 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Paramount (45)
1966-04-27 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Hollywood (9)
1966-06-29 … KHARTOUM* … Hollywood (8)
1966-08-24 … RUSSIAN ADVENTURE* … Hollywood (4)
1966-12-22 … IS PARIS BURNING?* … Broadway (6) [70mm?]

1967-02-01 … GRAND PRIX* … Hollywood (30)
1967-02-02 … THE BIBLE* … Broadway (21)
1967-05-10 … HAWAII* … Paramount (27) [70mm?]
1967-06-28 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Fox (20)
1967-11-01 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Broadway (32)
1967-11-08 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Hollywood (11)
1967-11-15 … CAMELOT* … Paramount (29)

1968-01-25 … CUSTER OF THE WEST* … Hollywood (7)
1968-03-13 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Hollywood (6)
1968-06-12 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Broadway (14)
1968-06-13 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Hollywood (42)
1968-11-13 … FUNNY GIRL* … Paramount (28) [70mm?]
1968-12-19 … STAR!* … Fox (6)
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Broadway (12)
1968-12-25 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Westgate (16) [70mm?]

1969-01-29 … OLIVER!* … Eastgate (38) [70mm?]
1969-03-12 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Broadway (8)
1969-04-02 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Hollywood (8)
1969-05-16 … SWEET CHARITY* … Fox (8)
1969-06-19 … BEN-HUR* … Broadway (8)
1969-06-24 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Hollywood (17)
1969-10-29 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Paramount (30)
1969-12-18 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Broadway (7)

1970-02-04 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Fox (21)
1970-03-04 … PATTON* … Broadway (16)
1970-09-23 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Broadway (2)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Hollywood (21)

1971-03-11 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Paramount (15)
1971-05-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood (5)
1971-08-18 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Eastgate (13)
1971-12-15 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … Hollywood (53) [70mm?]

1973-03-16 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Fox (10)
1973-03-28 … MAN OF LA MANCHA* … Hollywood (4) [70mm?]
1973-06-08 … THIS IS CINERAMA … Hollywood (4)

1974-08-28 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood (9)

1975-06-25 … THE WIND AND THE LION … Hollywood (16)

1976-06-18 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT PART 2 … Hollywood (8)
1976-06-23 … LOGAN’S RUN … Music Box (10)

1977-05-25 … STAR WARS … Westgate (76) [70mm from Week 22]
1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Eastgate (27)
1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Town Center (27)

1978-08-16 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Music Box (7)
1978-10-18 … DERSU UZALA … Hollywood (1)
1978-12-15 … SUPERMAN … Eastgate (23) [70mm from Week 2]
1978-12-15 … SUPERMAN … Westgate (23) [70mm from Week 2]

1979-02-23 … DAYS OF HEAVEN … Hollywood (7)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Eastgate (12)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Westgate (12)
1979-11-02 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Rose Moyer (6)
1979-11-02 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Valley (7) [70mm?]
1979-11-09 … THE ROSE … Music Box (14)
1979-11-20 … THE BLACK HOLE … Westgate (sneak preview)
1979-12-21 … THE BLACK HOLE … Eastgate (12)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Westgate (37)
1980-09-26 … DIVINE MADNESS … Music Box (7)

1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Westgate (7)

1982-03-12 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Bagdad (13)
1982-03-12 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Town Center (14)
1982-04-16 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Music Box (6)
1982-06-04 … POLTERGEIST … Fox (27)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Rose Moyer (45)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Westgate (7)
1982-06-11 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Eastgate (43)
1982-06-11 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Westgate (43)
1982-07-09 … TRON … Bagdad (9)
1982-07-09 … TRON … Rose Moyer (23)
1982-08-13 … TRON / STAR TREK II … Rose Moyer (17)
1982-09-10 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! / THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT 2 … Bagdad (5 days)
1982-09-15 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Bagdad (4 days)
1982-09-19 … CAMELOT … Bagdad (3 days)
1982-09-22 … ALTERED STATES … Bagdad (4 days)
1982-09-24 … POLTERGEIST / DRAGONSLAYER … Fox (5)
1982-09-26 … THE WIND AND THE LION / FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD … Bagdad (3 days)
1982-09-29 … THE ROSE / DIVINE MADNESS … Bagdad (4 days)
1982-10-03 … THE DEER HUNTER … Bagdad (3 days)
1982-10-06 … ALIEN … Bagdad (4 days)
1982-10-10 … DAYS OF HEAVEN / HANOVER STREET … Bagdad (3 days)
1982-10-13 … A STAR IS BORN / THE JAZZ SINGER … Bagdad (4 days)
1982-10-15 … TRON … Music Box (3)
1982-10-17 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Bagdad (5 days)

1983-02-11 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER … Fox (4)
1983-05-07 … KRULL … Westgate (sneak preview)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Rose Moyer (#1: 41)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Rose Moyer (#2: 6) [interlock]
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Westgate (29)
1983-07-15 … STAYING ALIVE … Bagdad (10)
1983-07-29 … OKLAHOMA! … Hollywood (4)
1983-08-26 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Music Box (2)
1983-08-26 … CAMELOT … Hollywood (2)
1983-09-09 … DELIVERANCE … Music Box (1)
1983-09-09 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW … Hollywood (1)
1983-09-16 … ALTERED STATES … Music Box (1)
1983-09-16 … THE EXORCIST … Hollywood (1)
1983-09-23 … DIVINE MADNESS … Hollywood (1)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Eastgate (5)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Westgate (5)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Eastgate (7)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Westgate (8)
1983-12-09 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Hollywood (13)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Rose Moyer (22)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Westgate (18)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Eastgate (7)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Fox (8)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Town Center (7)
1984-06-08 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Westgate (19)
1984-07-13 … THE LAST STARFIGHTER … Eastgate (5)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Eastgate (7)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Fox (8)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Tanasbourne (10)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Eastgate (9)

1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Bagdad (2)
1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Westgate (3) [70mm during Week 3]
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Bagdad (16)
1985-06-21 … COCOON … Westgate (14)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Eastgate (2)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Westgate (11)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Bagdad (9) [70mm from Week 3]

1986-02-07 … THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR … Westgate (3)
1986-02-28 … THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR … Hollywood (3)
1986-05-02 … REVOLUTION … Hollywood (2)
1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Bagdad (sneak preview)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Bagdad (28)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Grand Parkway (30) [70mm from Week 12]
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Eastgate (12)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Tanasbourne (11)
1986-12-25 … THE MISSION… Lloyd (11)

1987-03-13 … THE MISSION… Music Box (15)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … 82nd Ave (#1) (9)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … 82nd Ave (#2: 2) [interlock]
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Grand Parkway (5)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Rose Moyer (9)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … 82nd Ave (13)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Lloyd (10)
1987-12-11 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN … Lloyd (1+)

1988-01-15 … GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM … cinema (?)
1988-05-20 … WILLOW … cinema (?)
1988-11-23 … COCOON: THE RETURN … cinema ()

1989-05-12 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Lloyd (5)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … 82nd Ave (1+)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Lloyd (1+)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Tigard (1+)
1989-06-15 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Music Box (1+)
1989-06-22 … BATMAN … Lloyd (1+)
1989-07-07 … LETHAL WEAPON 2 … Lloyd (1+)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … Lloyd (1+)

1990-05-25 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III … Eastgate (1+)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Eastgate (1+)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Lloyd (1+)
1990-06-15 … GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH … Eastgate (1+)
1990-06-15 … GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH … Lloyd (1+)
1990-10-05 … FANTASIA … cinema (?)

1991-04-?? … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Roseway (1)
1991-08-23 … STAR WARS … CineMagic
1991-10-?? … THE WIND AND THE LION … CineMagic

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … cinema (?) (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … cinema (?) (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Eastgate (1+)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Lloyd (1+)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Tigard (1+)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Vancouver Plaza (1+)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Lloyd (1+)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Westgate (1+)

1993 (?)

1994 (?)

1995 (?)

1996-??-?? … VERTIGO … cinema (?)

2015-03-20 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2015-03-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2015-03-22 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2015-03-23 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2015-07-17 … VERTIGO … Hollywood
2015-07-19 … VERTIGO … Hollywood
2015-11-08 … THE WILD BUNCH … Hollywood
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Bridgeport Village (1+)
2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Hollywood (1+)
2015-??-?? … DIE HARD … Hollywood

2016-04-22 … BARAKA … Hollywood
2016-04-23 … BARAKA … Hollywood
2016-04-23 … LIFEFORCE … Hollywood
2016-04-24 … BARAKA … Hollywood
2016-04-24 … LIFEFORCE … Hollywood
2016-04-25 … LIFEFORCE … Hollywood
2016-07-01 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2016-07-02 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2016-07-03 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2016-07-08 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Hollywood
2016-07-09 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Hollywood
2016-07-10 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Hollywood
2016-07-15 … WEST SIDE STORY … Hollywood
2016-07-15 … ALIENS … Hollywood
2016-07-16 … WEST SIDE STORY … Hollywood
2016-07-16 … ALIENS … Hollywood
2016-07-17 … WEST SIDE STORY … Hollywood
2016-07-17 … ALIENS … Hollywood
2016-12-11 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Hollywood

2017-04-07 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Hollywood
2017-04-07 … TRON … Hollywood
2017-04-08 … INTERSTELLAR … Hollywood
2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Bridgeport Village (1+)
2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Hollywood (1+)
2017-10-14 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Hollywood
2017-10-14 … THE THING … Hollywood
2017-11-15 … JUSTICE LEAGUE … Bridgeport Village

2018-02-25 … CLEOPATRA … Hollywood
2018-02-27 … STREETS OF FIRE … Hollywood
2018-06-01 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2018-07-13 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Hollywood
2018-07-14 … THE DARK CRYSTAL … Hollywood
2018-07-14 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Hollywood
2018-07-15 … THE DARK CRYSTAL … Hollywood
2018-07-15 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Hollywood
2018-07-21 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood (2 days)
2018-07-21 … VERTIGO … Hollywood (2 days)
2018-12-07 … HOWARD THE DUCK … Hollywood
2018-12-08 … TOP GUN … Hollywood

2019-02-03 … ROMA … Hollywood
2019-06-15 … LIFEFORCE … Hollywood
2019-06-15 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Hollywood
2019-06-15 … WEST SIDE STORY … Hollywood
2019-09-24 … ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD … Hollywood
2019-11-?? … DUNKIRK … Hollywood
2019-11-?? … INTERSTELLAR … Hollywood
2019-11-?? … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … Hollywood
2019-11-?? … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Hollywood
2019-11-?? … MALCOLM X … Hollywood
2019-11-?? … ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD … Hollywood
2019-11-?? … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Hollywood
2019-11-?? … VERTIGO … Hollywood

2020-01-02 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2020-01-03 … BARAKA … Hollywood
2020-01-04 … PHANTOM THREAD … Hollywood
2020-01-05 … TOTAL RECALL … Hollywood
2020-01-08 … DUNKIRK … Hollywood
2020-02-08 … MALCOLM X … Hollywood

2021-07-17 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Hollywood
2021-07-17 … TENET … Hollywood
2021-07-20 … ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD … Hollywood

Note that some of the titles included in this chronology may have been 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, The Oregonian, Variety, AND projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Morgan Montague, Multnomah County Library, and Brian Whitish.

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

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