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70mm Presentations in Sacramento
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1959-Present

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 12.10.2021
‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Sacramento premiere advert, The Sacramento Bee, 26th June 1968

What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in Sacramento, 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 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

CARMICHAEL
Cinema 150 / Crestview

CITRUS HEIGHTS
The Movies at Greenback

SACRAMENTO
Alhambra
Arden Fair
Capitol
Century 21 / Century 22 / Century Complex
Cinedome
Crest
Downtown Plaza
Esquire
Tower

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)

1959-07-02 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Alhambra (9)

1960-10-06 … BEN-HUR* … Alhambra (14)

1962-02-21 … OKLAHOMA! … Alhambra (2)

1964-06-23 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Esquire (29)

1965-03-23 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Esquire (6)
1965-04-21 … MY FAIR LADY* … Alhambra (24)
1965-08-18 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Esquire (8)
1965-09-22 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Crest (59)
1965-10-13 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Esquire (18)

1966-02-16 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Esquire (12)
1966-06-16 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Alhambra (43)
1966-08-31 … THE BATTLE FOR KHARTOUM* … Esquire (6)
1966-09-28 … OKLAHOMA! … Cinema 150 (1) [70mm?]
1966-10-05 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … Cinema 150 (1) [70mm?]

1967-02-21 … HAWAII* … Tower (17) [70mm?]
1967-03-15 … GRAND PRIX* … Esquire (28)
1967-08-30 … THE BIBLE* … Crest (12)
1967-11-21 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Century 21 (42)

1968-02-15 … CUSTER OF THE WEST* … Esquire (5)
1968-06-12 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Crest (10)
1968-06-18 … CAMELOT* … Century 22 (26)
1968-06-26 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Esquire (35)
1968-09-10 … FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD* … Century 21 (5)
1968-12-17 … THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN* … Century 21 (11)

1969-01-21 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Century 22 (10) [70mm?]
1969-03-04 … FUNNY GIRL* … Century 21 (31) [70mm?]
1969-03-26 … OLIVER!* … Tower (22) [70mm?]
1969-04-01 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Century 22 (10)
1969-04-02 … STAR!* … Crest (4)
1969-05-28 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Esquire (7)
1969-06-10 … SWEET CHARITY* … Century 22 (6)
1969-06-18 … BEN-HUR* … Alhambra (6)
1969-07-16 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Esquire (10)
1969-11-12 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Century 21 (37)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Century 22 (22)

1970-03-04 … PATTON* … Crest (15)

1971-02-03 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Esquire (10)

1972-04-27 … THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH … Tower (4)

1973-??-?? … THIS IS CINERAMA … Cinema 150 (cancelled)

1974-11-20 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Century 21 (4)

1976-09-29 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Century 21 (1)

1978-02-17 … THE QUICK AND THE DEAD … Century (2)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Century (18)
1979-11-09 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Century (6)
1979-12-21 … THE BLACK HOLE … Century (14)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Century (39)
1980-09-26 … DIVINE MADNESS … Century (4)
1980-10-31 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS / 2001 … Century (1)

1981-05-01 … THE BLACK HOLE / SLEEPING BEAUTY … Century (2)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Century (5)
1981-06-12 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Century (27) [70mm from Week 5]
1981-09-11 … SUPERMAN II … Century (1)

1982-03-12 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Arden Fair (15)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN …Century (8) [70mm from Week 4]
1982-06-04 … POLTERGEIST … Capitol (7)
1982-06-11 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Capitol (39)
1982-06-18 … ANNIE … Century (22)
1982-07-09 … TRON … Century (19)
1982-07-23 … POLTERGEIST … Century (6)
1982-09-17 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL … Arden Fair (16)
1982-12-17 … THE DARK CRYSTAL … Capitol (12)

1983-01-21 … GANDHI … Century (16)
1983-02-11 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER … Century (2)
1983-04-22 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Century (5)
1983-05-13 … GANDHI … Capitol (6)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Arden Fair (51)
1983-07-15 … STAYING ALIVE … Century (14)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Century (7)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Cinedome (7)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Century (#1: 19)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Century (#2: 5)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Century (#3: 2)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Century (11)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Cinedome (#1: 8)
1984-06-01 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK … Cinedome (#2: 3)
1984-06-08 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Century (26)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Century (10)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Cinedome (#1: 9)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Cinedome (#2: 1) [interlock]
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Century (12)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Cinedome (7)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Century (12)
1984-12-14 … STARMAN … Cinedome (9)

1985-06-21 … COCOON … Tower (11)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Century (3)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ … Cinedome (3)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Century (17)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO … Cinedome (14)
1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Century (sneak preview)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Century (8)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Cinedome (5)
1985-09-22 … BEN-HUR … Tower (2 days) [70mm fest]
1985-10-13 … E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL … Tower (2 days) [70mm fest]
1985-10-27 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Tower (2 days) [70mm fest]
1985-11-10 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Tower (2 days) [70mm fest]
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Century (#1: 10)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Century (#2: 3) [interlock]
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Cinedome (#1: 11)
1985-11-27 … ROCKY IV … Cinedome (#2: 2) [interlock]
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Century (8)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Cinedome (5)

1986-03-21 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Century (3)
1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Century (sneak preview)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Century (#1: 22)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Century (#2: 2) [interlock]
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Cinedome (#1: 30)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Cinedome (#2: 2) [interlock]
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Century (12)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Cinedome (15)
1986-10-17 … THE COLOR OF MONEY … Century (8)
1986-10-17 … TOP GUN … Capitol (6)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Century (17)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Cinedome (15)
1986-12-25 … THE MISSION … Capitol (15)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Century (12)
1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Cinedome (7)
1987-07-01 … ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING … Century (6)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Century (13)
1987-08-05 … STAKEOUT … Cinedome (16)
1987-12-11 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN … Century (9) [70mm from Week 3]
1987-12-11 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN … Cinedome (8) [70mm from Week 4]

1988-04-08 … THE LAST EMPEROR … Tower (9)
1988-05-20 … WILLOW … Cinedome (9) [70mm from Week 5]
1988-11-23 … COCOON: THE RETURN … Cinedome (3) [70mm during Week 3]

1989-03-24 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Century (4)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Century (18)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Cinedome (17)
1989-06-22 … BATMAN … Arden Fair (17)
1989-06-22 … BATMAN … Cinedome (16)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … Arden Fair (13)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … Cinedome (10)

1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Century (6)
1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Cinedome (6)
1990-06-27 … DAYS OF THUNDER … Cinedome (7) [70mm during Week 2]
1990-07-18 … ARACHNOPHOBIA … Century (8)

1991-05-24 … BACKDRAFT … Century (7)
1991-07-02 … TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY … Century (14)
1991-07-02 … TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY … Greenback (16)
1991-11-22 … BEAUTY AND THE BEAST … Century (21)
1991-11-22 … BEAUTY AND THE BEAST … Cinedome (26)

1992-04-17 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Tower (2 days; late night)
1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Century (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Century (sneak preview)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Cinedome (sneak preview)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Century (#1: 6)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Century (#2: 2)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Cinedome (8)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Greenback (4)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Tower (4)

1993-06-17 … LAST ACTION HERO … Cinedome (4)
1993-12-10 … GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND … Cinedome (5)
1993-12-10 … GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND … Downtown Plaza (5)

1994-07-15 … TRUE LIES … Century (12)
1994-07-15 … TRUE LIES … Greenback (12)

1997-01-24 … HAMLET … Tower (8)
1997-01-31 … VERTIGO … Downtown Plaza (3)

1998-03-13 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Tower (3 days)
1998-03-16 … GANDHI … Tower (2 days)
1998-03-18 … THE LAST EMPEROR … Tower (2 days)
1998-03-20 … BEN-HUR … Tower (3 days)
1998-03-24 … WEST SIDE STORY … Tower (2 days)

2015-12-25 … THE HATEFUL EIGHT … Tower (1+)

2017-07-20 … DUNKIRK … Tower (1+)

2018-06-25 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Tower (2 days)

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, The Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Exhibitor, The Sacramento Bee, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Sam Chavez, Paul Linfesty, Adam Martin, Scott Neff, and Jesse Skeen. Extra special thanks to the staff of the Sacramento Public Library and California State Library.

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