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“Lord Jim”: The North American Roadshow Engagements
“Filmed in the far corners of the Far East… High Adventure that reaches across the world!”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 07.02.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the roadshow presentations of “Lord Jim” in the United States and Canada. These were the earliest and arguably best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

The presentations cited in this work were “hard ticket” roadshow engagements and were special, long-running, showcase presentations in major cities prior to the film being exhibited as a general release. Much like a stage production, these featured advanced admission pricing, reserved seating, an overture/intermission/entr’acte/exit music, and an average of only ten scheduled screenings per week. Souvenir program booklet were sold, as well. The print type utilized during the film’s roadshow release was 70-millimeter with discrete magnetic six-channel stereophonic sound.

The Columbia Pictures release was directed by Richard Brooks (“The Professionals”) and starred Peter O’Toole, James Mason, Curt Jurgens, Eli Wallach, Jack Hawkins, and Payul Lukas. The United States premiere was held February 25th, 1965 at Loew’s State in New York. (The film’s world premiere was held February 15th, 1965 at Odeon Leicester Square in London.)

Out of the hundreds of films released in North America during 1965, “Lord Jim” was among only nine given deluxe roadshow treatment and among only ten released with 70mm prints (seven from 65mm origination plus three blow-ups).

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

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … Locale — Cinema (duration in weeks)

1965-02-25 … New York, NY — State (17)

1965-03-04 … Los Angeles (Beverly Hills), CA — Stanley-Warner (16)

1965-03-10 … Toronto, ON — Fairlawn (16)

1965-03-11 … Vancouver, BC — Odeon (10)

1965-03-11 … Washington, DC — Apex (12)

1965-03-25 … Chicago, IL — Cinestage (13)

Following poor reviews and low attendance for the initial roadshow engagements, Columbia revised their release strategy on “Lord Jim” and continued its release as a continuous-performance general release.

SUBSEQUENT 70MM SCREENINGS (non-reserved seating / new print / DTS audio)

2002-09-26 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]

2003-08-29 … Austin, TX — Paramount [70mm festival]

2005-01-23 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]
2005-02-02 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [70mm festival]

2006-11-30 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]

2007-09-19 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival]

2011-05-16 … Los Angeles, CA — Hammer Museum/Billy Wilder
2011-10-11 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm and Cinerama festival]

2012-08-26 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]
2012-08-27 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]
2012-08-29 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]

2013-02-16 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2013-02-18 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]

2016-09-17 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm festival]

2017-07-09 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2017-07-10 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kallay and Bill Kretzel.

The film’s international roadshow engagements have not been accounted for in this article.

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