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Michael Coate
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New/updated article about 70mm (and other large format and roadshow) presentations in Louisville. Feedback (and reminiscences) appreciated.

Showcase Presentations in Louisville

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Showcase Presentations in Louisville

A Chronology of Large Format and Roadshow Exhibition, 1956-Present


Compiled by Michael Coate

Part 1: The Cinemas

CLARKSVILLE (Indiana)
Trans-Lux

FAIRDALE (Kentucky)
South Park Drive-In

LOUISVILLE (Kentucky)
Brown
Cinema 1 (see: Showcase Cinemas)
Penthouse
Rialto
Showcase Cinemas
Stony Brook
United Artists

Part 2: The Engagements

The roadshows (i.e. reserved-seat engagements) are listed with an asterisk following their title.

m/o = a move-over engagement (i.e. a continuation of a booking from another cinema)

IMAX and other special venue presentations have not been included.

YYYY-MM-DD … TITLE … Cinema (duration in weeks) [notes or projection process if other than 70mm]

1956-08-21 … OKLAHOMA!* … Brown (19)

1957-02-20 … THE TEN COMMANDMENTS* … Brown (14) [35mm]
1957-05-28 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Brown (18)
1957-10-02 … RAINTREE COUNTY* … Brown (13) [35mm] [world premiere engagement]
1957-12-29 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Brown (4)

1958-05-08 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Brown (27)

1959-03-13 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Brown (6)
1959-10-15 … THE BIG FISHERMAN* … Brown (6)
1959-12-25 … PORGY AND BESS* … Brown (6)

1960-02-17 … SOLOMON AND SHEBA … Brown (5)
1960-05-19 … BEN-HUR* … Brown (23)
1960-10-28 … CAN-CAN* … Brown (12)

1961-03-16 … SPARTACUS* … Brown (8)
1961-03-29 … THIS IS CINERAMA* … Rialto (15) [Cinerama]
1961-06-22 … EXODUS* … Brown (7)
1961-07-13 … SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD* … Rialto (14) [Cinerama]
1961-10-19 … CINERAMA HOLIDAY* … Rialto (13) [Cinerama]

1962-01-11 … THE KING AND I … Brown (2)
1962-01-19 … SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE … Rialto (13) [Cinerama]
1962-01-26 … KING OF KINGS* … Brown (5)
1962-03-02 … EL CID* … Brown (10)
1962-04-20 … SEARCH FOR PARADISE … Rialto (6) [Cinerama]
1962-05-30 … WINDJAMMER … Rialto (13) [Cinerama]
1962-06-27 … WEST SIDE STORY* … Brown (14)
1962-08-29 … THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM* … Rialto (12) [Cinerama]
1962-11-21 … THE BEST OF CINERAMA … Rialto (11) [Cinerama]

1963-02-06 … THE LONGEST DAY* … Rialto (11) [35mm]
1963-04-12 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA* … Penthouse (11)
1963-04-25 … MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY* … Rialto (7)
1963-06-13 … HOW THE WEST WAS WON* … Rialto (26) [Cinerama]
1963-06-26 … CLEOPATRA* … Penthouse (23)
1963-12-20 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD* … Rialto (26) [“Cinerama”]

1964-08-14 … CIRCUS WORLD* … Rialto (9) [“Cinerama”]

1965-02-24 … MY FAIR LADY* … Penthouse (32)
1965-04-07 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Rialto (64)
1965-09-30 … THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL* … Cinema 1 (5) [“Cinerama”]
1965-10-06 … THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES* … Penthouse (11)
1965-11-03 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Cinema 1 (13) [“Cinerama”]
1965-12-25 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Penthouse (6)

1966-02-02 … BATTLE OF THE BULGE* … Cinema 1 (9) [“Cinerama”]
1966-04-20 … RUSSIAN ADVENTURE* … Cinema 1 (4) [“Cinerama”]
1966-05-18 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Cinema 1 (3) [“Cinerama”]
1966-06-29 … KHARTOUM* … Cinema 1 (7) [“Cinerama”]
1966-06-29 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Penthouse m/o (15 [79])
1966-06-30 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Rialto (31)
1966-10-14 … THE BLUE MAX* … Penthouse (10) [35mm]
1966-12-20 … IS PARIS BURNING?* … Cinema 1 (6) [35mm]

1967-02-02 … THE BIBLE* … Rialto (21) ["D-150"]
1967-02-15 … HAWAII* … Cinema 2 (17) [35mm]
1967-03-08 … THE SAND PEBBLES* … Penthouse (20) [35mm]
1967-05-09 … ULYSSES* … Bard (3 days) [35mm]
1967-06-14 … THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE* … Cinema 2 (20) [35mm]
1967-07-12 … GRAND PRIX* … Cinema 1 (15) [“Cinerama”]
1967-12-20 … THE BIBLE … Penthouse (2)
1967-12-21 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Rialto (26)

1968-01-31 … CAMELOT* … Cinema 2 (14)
1968-02-07 … CUSTER OF THE WEST* … Cinema 1 (4) [“Cinerama”]
1968-05-01 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Cinema 1 (6) [35mm]
1968-06-19 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Rialto (6)
1968-06-26 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Cinema 1 (14) [“Cinerama”]
1968-11-20 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Cinema 1 (9) [“Cinerama”]
1968-12-19 … STAR!* … United Artists (6)
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Mary Anderson (10) [35mm]
1968-12-22 … FUNNY GIRL* … Cinema 2 (24) [35mm]

1969-01-22 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW* … Cinema 3 (5) [35mm]
1969-03-19 … THE LION IN WINTER* … Cinema 3 (10) [35mm]
1969-05-22 … SWEET CHARITY* … Cinema 1 (6)
1969-06-11 … OLIVER!* … Cinema 2 (14) [35mm]
1969-08-05 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG … Trans-Lux (2)
1969-08-20 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Trans-Lux (3)
1969-11-12 … PAINT YOUR WAGON* … Cinema 1 (12) [35mm]
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … United Artists (16)

1970-02-04 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS* … Cinema 1 (9) [35mm]
1970-05-01 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … United Artists (2)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Penthouse (7)

1971-02-03 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Showcase (2)
1971-02-12 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … Penthouse (14)
1971-09-15 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … United Artists (1)
1971-09-22 … GONE WITH THE WIND … United Artists (2)
1971-10-06 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … United Artists (2)
1971-10-20 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER … United Artists (1)
1971-10-20 … WEST SIDE STORY / AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Showcase (1)
1971-10-27 … WEST SIDE STORY / AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS … Trans-Lux (1)
1971-11-24 … THE BIBLE … Penthouse (1)

1972-02-16 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* … United Artists (19) [35mm]

1973-03-14 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Showcase (10)
1973-05-16 … LAST TANGO IN PARIS* … Showcase (10) [35mm]

1974-10-16 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Showcase (2)

1975-10-22 … CAMELOT … Showcase (1)

1977-12-14 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND … Showcase (23)

1978-12-15 … SUPERMAN … Showcase (22) [70mm from Week #12]

1979-02-23 … THE EXORCIST … Showcase (7)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN … Showcase (14)
1979-11-07 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Showcase (6)
1979-11-09 … THE ROSE … Showcase (15)

1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK … Showcase (37)

1981-02-06 … ALTERED STATES … Showcase (7)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND … Showcase (6)
1981-06-12 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK … Showcase (57)

1982-03-19 … QUEST FOR FIRE … Showcase (5)
1982-06-04 … POLTERGEIST … Showcase (28)
1982-06-04 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN … Showcase (9)

1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI … Showcase (29)
1983-06-17 … SUPERMAN III … Showcase (8)
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM … Showcase (4)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF … Showcase (7)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Showcase (18)
1984-06-08 … GHOSTBUSTERS … Showcase (28)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Showcase (7)
1984-12-14 … DUNE … Showcase (6)

1985-07-19 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Showcase (sneak preview screening)
1985-07-24 … THE BLACK CAULDRON … Showcase (10)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES … Showcase (7)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Showcase (sneak preview screening)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Showcase (32)

1987-06-03 … THE UNTOUCHABLES … Showcase (10)

1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE … Showcase (29)
1989-05-26 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA … Stony Brook (8)
1989-06-09 … STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER … Showcase (11)
1989-12-22 … THE TEN COMMANDMENTS … Stony Brook (2)

1990-06-15 … DICK TRACY … Showcase (15)

1992-05-09 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-16 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY … Showcase (8)
1992-12-25 … HOFFA … Showcase (7)

Note that some of the 70mm presentations included in this listing were presented in 35mm during the latter weeks of engagement due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a smaller, 35mm-only auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse may have been true in some cases whereas a booking began with a 35mm print because the lab was unable to complete the 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In these cases, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the stated duration figure.

References/sources: Various issues of Boxoffice, The Courier-Journal and Variety; plus Dolby sound system installation records and projector and sound system trade advertisements.

Special Thanks: Louis Bornwasser and Vince Young.

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

Dedicated to Rick Mitchell, 1946-2011


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Michael Coate
Phenomenal Film Handler

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Thanks to Louis Bornwasser I was able to track down the screening date of an item missing from the article posted above: a sneak preview of William Girdler's "The Manitou." It screened on December 10th, 1977 (several months ahead of its release), and it looks like the tech details were borrowed from the "Close Encounters" ad material.

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Louis Bornwasser
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Try again: 70mm went into the Brown with Raintree County. Yes, advertising was for 70mm prior, but the AA2s were not bought yet. The theatre owner advertised 70mm fraudulently and was "found out" by Mike Todd.

Later the same projectors moved to the Penthouse for Lawrence. Penthouse was newly created out of the balcony of the United Artist. (This twin split was the "pattern" for the Baronet/Coronet in NYC, which is wrongly credited as the first up/down twin split.)

Also the Rialto was our original 3 strip Cinerama theatre; later 70mm only JJ for 70. When the Rialto was torn down, the machines were sent to Century and remanufactured for 35/70 and installed in the United Artists. That is why the Rialto disappears in the listing to be replaced by the UA.

I serviced all these theatres for Altec from 1972 onward. At one point I had 70mm in UA/Penthouse, Trans Lux in Clarksville, South Park (never had a print booked; only what I tested with), Showcase Cinemas #1 and #4.(#4 was originally #3; relabeled after #2 was split.)

Note Showcase never had any 70mm except #1 and #4. (#2 was always XL-4 track 35mm only to the end.)#1 was originally to be a real Cinerama theatre so it had the screen. #4 was JJ.

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