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“The Lion King”: The North American 70mm Presentations

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 21.08.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of Disney’s “The Lion King” in North America.

“The Lion King” was among two one-off 70mm premiere events during 1994 (“Miracle on 34th Street” at Radio City Music Hall was the other), two new 70mm movie releases (“Little Buddha” and “True Lies”) and one 70mm restoration/re-issue (“My Fair Lady”).

The Buena Vista release was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff and featured the voice talents of Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings and Madge Sinclair.

The 70mm print of “The Lion King” featured pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm. The audio was interlocked Dolby Digital. The 70mm print was mag-striped (Dolby SR encoded) as a back-up.

Buena Vista included a 70mm coming-attraction trailer for “Angels in the Outfield” with the premiere presentation of “The Lion King.” The Radio City presentation also included Disney’s Magical Moments stage show.

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … city — venue (duration in weeks) [notes]

1994-06-15 … New York — Radio City Music Hall (1) [world premiere engagement]

The information included in this article was referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, and Wide Gauge Film and Video Monthly. Special thanks to Bill Kallay and Scott Marshall.

International 70mm engagements of this title 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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