“The Cardinal”: The North American 70mm
“Photographed by Leon Shamroy in Technicolor and Panavision 70”
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
engagements of “The Cardinal” in North America. These were the cinemas worth
seeking out to experience the best presentation of this motion picture.
“The Cardinal” was among five confirmed first-run films released in 1963 with
70mm prints for selected engagements. The Columbia release was directed by Otto
Preminger (“Porgy and Bess,” “Exodus”), based on the novel by Henry Morton
Robinson and starred Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley, Jill Haworth, Raf
Vallone, John Saxon, Josef Meinrad, Burgess Meredith, Ossie Davis, Dorothy Gish,
Tullio Carminati, Maggie McNamara, Bill Hayes, Cecil Kellaway and John Huston.
The world premiere of “The Cardinal” was held December 11th, 1963, at the Saxon
The 70mm prints of “The Cardinal” featured six-track stereophonic sound and
full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and billed as “Panavision 70.”
These 70mm prints were exhibited with a reserved-seat “roadshow” policy.
“The Cardinal” is recognized as the first North American 70mm blow-up release.
Other 70mm blow-ups, including “Taras Bulba” and “Bye Bye Birdie” were exhibited
internationally prior to the domestic release of “The Cardinal.”
Premiere date YYYY-MM-DD … city — venue (duration in weeks) [notes]
1963-12-11 … Boston — Saxon (22)
1963-12-12 … New York — DeMille (15)
1963-12-19 … Los Angeles — Egyptian (15)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1964-04-01 … Redondo Beach, CA — Strand (4)
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film
industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, and print enclosures.
Special thanks to Bill Kallay and Bill Kretzel.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in this
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
consider emailing the
author or editor.
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