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“Playtime”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 28.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of Jacques Tati’s “Playtime” in North America.

In “Playtime,” Jacques Tati reprised his role as Monsieur Hulot, a character previously seen in “Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot” (1953, aka “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday”) and “Mon Oncle” (1958, aka “My Uncle”). The 1967 French production was not seen in North America until 1972 and for the most part has only ever been screened in 35mm.

The original 70mm prints of “Playtime” featured discrete six-channel magnetic stereophonic sound and pillarboxed imagery from 65mm (billed as “Mitchell 70mm” and side-matted to approximately 1.85:1). From 2004, the film’s 70mm prints featured digital audio (DTS).

Premiere/opening/screening date YYYY-MM-DD … city — cinema (duration in weeks) [notes]

PART 1: FILM FESTIVALS

1972-11-10 … Los Angeles, CA — Chinese [FILMEX]

PART 2: SUBSEQUENT 70MM SCREENINGS

1993-05-07 … Los Angeles, CA — Directors Guild*

1994-03-28 … Beverly Hills, CA — Samuel Goldwyn**
1994-09-23 … New York, NY — Lincoln Center Walter Reade***

2000-12-16 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image****

*Screened once during a series of newly-restored French films lent by the French Ministry of Culture in conjunction with CineMemoire

**Screened in collaboration with the Getty Center and double-billed with “Memories of Underdevelopment” (1968; 35mm)

***Screened six times during the series “The Heady Comedy of Jacques Tati”

****Screened during a Jacques Tati retrospective

PART 3: SUBSEQUENT 70MM SCREENINGS
(New 70mm print w/ DTS Special Venue audio)

2004-01-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]
2004-01-23 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]
2004-05-25 … Austin, TX — Paramount [Summer Classic Film Series]
2004-05-26 … Austin, TX — Paramount [Summer Classic Film Series]
2004-05-27 … Austin, TX — Paramount [Summer Classic Film Series]
2004-06-07 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [SIFF]
2004-08-27 … Chicago, IL — Music Box (2)
2004-12-29 … New York, NY — Lincoln Center Walter Reade (1)

2005-01-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]
2005-01-29 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [70mm festival]
2005-04-20 … Champaign, IL — Virginia [Ebertfest]
2005-11-17 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [Tati tribute]
2005-11-19 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [Tati tribute]
2005-11-25 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]
2005-11-26 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]
2005-11-27 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]

2006-08-05 … Austin, TX — Paramount [Summer Classic Film Series]
2006-08-06 … Austin, TX — Paramount [Summer Classic Film Series]
2006-08-22 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival]

2007-04-11 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]
2007-03-24 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Tati series]
2007-03-25 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Tati series]
2007-03-26 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Tati series]
2007-03-28 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Tati series]
2007-03-29 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Tati series]

2008-05-15 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival]
2008-05-25 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [70mm festival]
2008-07-08 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival]
2008-07-09 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival]
2008-12-?? … New York, NY — Lincoln Center Walter Reade (?)

2009-07-26 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero
2009-07-17 … San Jose, CA — California [70mm series]
2009-07-18 … San Jose, CA — California [70mm series]
2009-??-?? … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [series?]

2010-02-25 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [Tati tribute]
2010-03-20 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]
2010-03-21 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]
2010-04-24 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [TCM festival]
2010-12-23 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox (1)

2011-01-15 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [Celebrating the Moving Image]
2011-02-24 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian
2011-06-06 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival]
2011-06-07 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival]
2011-10-06 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm festival]
2011-10-09 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm festival]
2011-12-08 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [70mm festival]

2012-03-02 … Los Angeles, CA — LACMA Bing [Ellsworth Kelly Selects series]
2012-08-31 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox
2012-09-01 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox
2012-09-02 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox
2012-11-24 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz [70mm series]
2012-11-25 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz [70mm series]
2012-12-01 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz [70mm series]
2012-12-02 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz [70mm series]
2012-12-22 … New York, NY — Lincoln Center Walter Reade [70mm festival]
2012-12-27 … New York, NY — Lincoln Center Walter Reade [70mm festival]

2013-02-22 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2013-02-23 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2013-02-28 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]

2020-02-05 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion. Special thanks to Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel and Paul Rayton.

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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