“The Poseidon Adventure”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Hell, upside down”
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 03.12.2018|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Poseidon Adventure” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience the film.|
“The Poseidon Adventure” was among six confirmed first-run films released in 1972 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Irwin Allen production and 20th Century-Fox release was directed by Ronald Neame and featured an all-star cast headed by Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, and Shelley Winters.
The 70mm prints of “The Poseidon Adventure” consisted of full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and “presented in the grandeur, scope and excitement of 70mm projection with 6 track stereophonic sound”.
The world premiere of “The Poseidon Adventure” was held December 12th, 1972, at the National in New York, and which doubled as the grand-opening festivities of the cinema.
Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks)
1972-12-12 … New York, NY — National (11)
1972-12-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian Triplex (9)
1972-12-20 … Houston, TX — Alabama (?)
1972-12-22 … Chicago, IL — State Lake (8)
1972-12-22 … San Francisco, CA — Alexandria (16)
1972-12-22 … Toronto, ON — Carlton (12)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1973-06-06 … Bloomington, MN — France Ave. Drive-In (1) [w/ “Tora! Tora! Tora!”]
1973-06-27 … Beverly Hills, CA — Wilshire (1) [w/ “Those Magnificent Men…”]
1973-07-27 … Orange, CA — Cinedome Twin (2) [w/ “This is Cinerama”]
1973-08-29 … Des Moines, IA — River Hills (4)
1973-10-10 … Omaha, NE — Dundee (3)
1973-11-02 … Cedar Rapids, IA — Plaza (2)
This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel and Paul Linfesty.
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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