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“Star!”: The North American Roadshow and 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 10.08.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the roadshow presentations of “Star!” in the United States and Canada. These were the first and best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

The presentations cited in the main section of this work were “hard ticket” roadshow engagements (i.e. special, long-running, showcase presentations in major cities prior to the film being exhibited as a general release). Much like a stage production, these typically featured an average of only ten scheduled screenings per week, advanced admission pricing, reserved seating, and an overture/intermission/entr’acte/exit music. (The overture in “Star!” is visual and features the orchestra playing; most overtures played with curtains closed.) Souvenir program booklet were sold, as well, and, in some locales, the film’s soundtrack album. The print types utilized during the film’s roadshow release were, depending on the booking, 70-millimeter with discrete magnetic six-channel stereophonic sound or 35-millimeter with discrete magnetic four-channel stereophonic sound or 35mm with optical monaural sound. (Technically, the four-channel magnetic prints were “mag-optical” whereby they contained both a 4-channel magnetic track and an optical mono track and cinemas sent such a print had the option of presenting in either format.)

The Twentieth Century-Fox release was directed by Robert Wise (“West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music”) and starred Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig and Daniel Massey. The film’s world premiere was held July 18th, 1968, at the Dominion in London, and the North American premiere being held October 22nd at the Rivoli in New York.

Out of the hundreds of first-run films released in North America during 1968, “Star!” was among only fourteen given deluxe roadshow treatment and among only eleven issued with 70mm prints (seven, including “Star!,” from large format or large aperture origination plus four blow-ups).

PART 1: THE ROADSHOW ENGAGEMENTS
(reserved seat policy and [believed to be] 70mm except where noted)

Premiere date YYYY-MM-DD … locale — cinema (duration in weeks) [notes]

1968-05-03 … Cleveland — Ohio [sneak preview]
1968-05-04 … Denver — Aladdin [sneak preview]

1968-10-22 … New York — Rivoli (22)
1968-10-31 … Los Angeles (Beverly Hills) — Fox Wilshire (21)

1968-11-06 … Boston — Gary (8)
1968-11-06 … Chicago — Michael Todd (16)
1968-11-06 … Philadelphia — Boyd (14)
1968-11-06 … Toronto — University (21)
1968-11-07 … Atlanta — Grand (13)
1968-11-07 … Dallas — Inwood (12)
1968-11-07 … San Francisco — United Artists (14)
1968-11-07 … Washington — Warner (13)
1968-11-12 … Kansas City (Overland Park) — Glenwood 1 (29)
1968-11-12 … Miami (Miami Beach) — Lincoln (15)
1968-11-12 … Minneapolis — Mann (11)
1968-11-12 … New Orleans — Saenger-Orleans (12)
1968-11-13 … Cincinnati — Valley (14)
1968-11-13 … Detroit — Madison (10)
1968-11-13 … Houston — Alabama (11)

1968-12-18 … Baltimore — Hippodrome (7)
1968-12-18 … Charlotte — Carolina (8)
1968-12-18 … Denver — Aladdin (13)
1968-12-18 … Milwaukee — Strand (7)
1968-12-18 … Oklahoma City — Tower (11)
1968-12-18 … Orlando — Park East (9)
1968-12-18 … Pittsburgh — Manor (9)
1968-12-18 … St. Louis — Cinerama (15)
1968-12-18 … San Diego — Loma (12)
1968-12-19 … Buffalo — Teck (6)
1968-12-19 … Cleveland — Ohio (8)
1968-12-19 … Columbus — Northland (9)
1968-12-19 … Dayton — Fox Northwest Plaza (12)
1968-12-19 … Des Moines — Ingersoll (10)
1968-12-19 … Honolulu — Varsity (9)
1968-12-19 … Indianapolis — Lyric (8)
1968-12-19 … Jacksonville — Cedar Hills (1+)
1968-12-19 … Long Island (Syosset) — Syosset (10)
1968-12-19 … Louisville — United Artists (6)
1968-12-19 … Memphis — Crosstown (11)
1968-12-19 … New Haven (Hamden) — Cinemart (10)
1968-12-19 … Newark (Upper Montclair) — Bellevue (8)
1968-12-19 … Norfolk — Riverview (9)
1968-12-19 … Omaha — Cooper 70 (10)
1968-12-19 … Portland — Fox (6)
1968-12-19 … Rochester — Riviera (8)
1968-12-19 … St. Petersburg (Pinellas Park) — Palms (13)
1968-12-19 … Salt Lake City — Centre (10)
1968-12-19 … Seattle — 5th Avenue (6)
1968-12-25 … Vancouver — Stanley (9)
1968-12-26 … Montreal (Westmount) — Westmount Square (14)
1968-12-26 … Syracuse (DeWitt) — Shoppingtown II (7)

1969-01-15 … Winnipeg — Polo Park (9) [35mm]
1969-01-29 … Albany — Hellman (6)
1969-01-29 … Richmond — Westhampton (8) [35mm]
1969-01-29 … Wichita — Boulevard (8) [35mm]

1969-02-05 … Akron (Fairlawn) — Fairlawn (6)
1969-02-05 … Fort Worth — Ridglea (4) [35mm]
1969-02-05 … Hartford (West Hartford) — Elm (7)
1969-02-05 … Youngstown — Newport (4) [35mm]
1969-02-06 … Calgary — Chinook (6)
1969-02-06 … Edmonton — Westmount (5) [35mm]
1969-02-06 … Ottawa — Nelson (8)
1969-02-12 … Birmingham — Ritz (6)
1969-02-12 … Davenport — Coronet (10)
1969-02-19 … Las Vegas — Boulevard (5) [35mm]
1969-02-19 … Phoenix — Vista (6)
1969-02-20 … Nashville — Belle Meade (6)
1969-02-20 … San Antonio — Broadway (4)
1969-02-26 … Springfield (West Springfield) — Showcase 1 (4)

1969-03-05 … Toledo — Showcase 1 (6)
1969-03-12 … Hamilton — Centre Twin West (5)
1969-03-12 … Tucson — Catalina (3) [35mm]
1969-03-26 … Fresno — Warnor (6)

1969-04-02 … Oakland — Century 21 (2)
1969-04-02 … Sacramento — Crest (4)

1969-05-20 … San Jose — Century 22 (5)

1969-??-?? … Providence — Elmwood
1969-??-?? … Reading — Fox
1969-??-?? … Tulsa — Continental

The reserved-seat policy, in some instances, was relaxed during the latter weeks of the run. Any non-roadshow portion of such an engagement is included in the duration figure.

PART 2: SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
(unreserved seating / general-release policy)

1969-04-23 … St. Cloud, MN — Cinema 70 (1)
1969-04-23 … Springfield, IL — Fox Town & Country (1)
1969-05-21 … Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine (3)

1971-06-10 … Riverdale, UT — Cinedome 70 South (1)

1975-10-08 … Bloomington, MN — Southtown* (1) [70mm musical festival]
1975-12-04 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre/Ontario Film Theatre

1977-10-21 … Knoxville, TN — Capri 70 (1) [The Fabulous Five series]

*Promoted under the alternative title of “Those Were the Happy Times”

PART 3: SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
(New 70mm print / DTS audio)

2008-09-05 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque Egyptian

2009-05-31 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque Aero [70mm series]
2009-08-29 … Austin, TX — Paramount [Summer Classic Film Series]
2009-08-30 … Austin, TX — Paramount [Summer Classic Film Series]

2012-12-23 … New York, NY — Film Society of Lincoln Center Walter Reade [70mm festival]

2013-07-14 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]

2016-08-27 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [festival]
2016-08-28 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [festival]

2022-09-03 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Julie Andrews tribute]
2022-09-04 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Julie Andrews tribute]

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Ray Bentley, Jim Cobb, Sheldon Hall, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel, Mike Matessino and W.R. Miller.

International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in this article (except for the brief mention of the London world premiere).

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