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70mm Presentations in Tacoma, USA
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1968-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 Tacoma, 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

Lincoln Plaza
Rialto
Tacoma Mall
Tacoma South
Temple

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]

1968-10-02 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Tacoma Mall (3)

1970-10-02 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Tacoma Mall (1)

1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Tacoma Mall (13)

1980-04-24 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Temple (2)
1980-05-07 … THE DEER HUNTER … Temple (1)
1980-05-15 … BEN-HUR … Temple (1)
1980-05-21 … CAMELOT … Temple (1)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Tacoma Mall (30)
1980-05-30 … THE MUPPET MOVIE … Temple (1)
1980-06-06 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Temple (1)
1980-06-13 … ALIEN / THE EXORCIST … Temple (1)

1981-07-31 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Rialto (4)

1982-03-12 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Tacoma Mall (11)

1983-05-06 … E.T. / THE DARK CRYSTAL … Temple (5)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Tacoma Mall (5)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Tacoma Mall (19)
1984-06-08 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Tacoma South (20)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Tacoma Mall (8)

1985-02-22 … 2010 … Temple (3)
1985-03-15 … DUNE … Temple (3)
1985-04-05 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Temple (1)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Tacoma Mall (6)

1986-04-25 … THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR … Tacoma Mall (3)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Tacoma Mall (20)
1986-07-18 … ALIENS … Tacoma Mall (10)
1986-09-26 … ALIENS … Tacoma South (1)

1988-05-20 … WILLOW … Lincoln Plaza (14) [70mm from Week 5]

1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Tacoma Mall (8)
1989-06-02 … WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT … Lincoln Plaza (4)
1989-07-28 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Tacoma South (1)
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS … Lincoln Plaza (11)

1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Lincoln Plaza (13)

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.

References: Various issues of Boxoffice, The Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Exhibitor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Times, The (Tacoma) News Tribune, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Mark Campbell, Matt Lutthans, Washington State Library (Kathryn Devine, Mary Schaff, Kelsey Smith).

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