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Michael Coate
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Sharing new (work-in-progress) article about the Director's Cut re-release of "Lawrence of Arabia." For my generation this was the first opportunity to see this great film in a theater. (I saw it at the sadly-demolished Century Plaza in L.A.)

Article feedback and moviegoing reminiscences encouraged, of course. And, in particular, did anyone attend a screening or project the film in 1989 in any of the locales listed in the "unaccounted for" section at tail end of article?

"Lawrence of Arabia": The Director's Cut -- The 70mm Engagements

quote: Michael Coate/

“Lawrence of Arabia": The Director’s Cut — The 70mm Engagements

Compiled by Michael Coate

“Newly restored director’s cut in 70mm Dolby Stereo”

The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Lawrence of Arabia” in North America during its Director’s Cut re-release. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery from Super Panavision photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“SR” encoded “baby boom” format).

The “Lawrence of Arabia” re-release was among two classic re-releases and eighteen confirmed first-run films released in 1989 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Sam Spiegel production and Columbia release was directed by David Lean and starred Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness and Omar Sharif. (The Academy Award-winning film was originally released in 1962.)

Prior to release, the film re-premiered in New York at the Ziegfeld on February 4th; in Washington, DC at the Uptown on February 5th; and in Los Angeles at the Century Plaza on February 12th.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.

1989-02-08 … New York, NY — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld (20)
1989-02-08 … Washington, DC — Cineplex Odeon’s Uptown (10)
1989-02-15 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (#1: 17) [THX]
1989-02-24 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (#2: 2) [H**-4***]

1989-03-03 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Twin (5)
1989-03-03 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8 (5)
1989-03-03 … Universal City, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18 (3) [THX]
1989-03-17 … Atlanta, GA — Cineplex Odeon’s Phipps Plaza Triplex
1989-03-17 … Boston, MA — USA’s Charles Triplex (17)
1989-03-17 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s McClurg Court Triplex (17) [THX]
1989-03-17 … Dallas, TX — ?
1989-03-17 … Houston, TX — Cineplex Odeon’s Spectrum 9 [THX]
1989-03-17 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Place du Canada (15)
1989-03-17 … St. Louis Park, MN — Cineplex Odeon’s Cooper Twin (12)
1989-03-17 … Salt Lake City, UT — Cineplex Odeon’s Regency (10)
1989-03-17 … San Diego, CA — Mann’s Cinema 21 (12)
1989-03-17 … San Francisco, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Northpoint (17)
1989-03-17 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex
1989-03-17 … Seattle, WA — Cineplex Odeon’s Cinerama
1989-03-17 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin (9)
1989-03-17 … Vancouver, BC — Cineplex Odeon’s Park (15)

1989-04-07 … Baltimore, MD — Durkee’s Senator (5)
1989-04-07 … Philadelphia, PA — SamEric’s Mark I (8)
1989-04-21 … Phoenix, AZ — Harkins’ Cine Capri (5)
1989-04-?? … Miami, FL — General Cinema’s Miracle Center 10 [THX]

1989-05-12 … Moreno Valley, CA — Edwards’ Towngate 8 (4) [THX]
1989-05-12 … Ottawa, ON — Cineplex Odeon’s Somerset (7)
1989-05-19 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (7)
1989-05-26 … Louisville, KY — Loews’ Stony Brook 10 (8)
1989-05-?? … Portland, OR — Luxury Theatres’ Lloyd 10 [THX]

1989-06-02 … Honolulu, HI — Consolidated’s Kapiolani (4)
1989-06-02 … Pittsburgh, PA — Cinema World’s North Hills (4)
1989-06-23 … Orlando, FL — General Cinema’s Colonial Promenade 6 (5)
1989-06-23 … Tucson, AZ — Cineplex Odeon’s El Dorado 6 (14) [THX]
1989-06-28 … Detroit, MI — Fox (5)
1989-06-30 … Creve Coeur, MO — Wehrenberg’s Creve Coeur (8)
1989-06-?? … San Antonio, TX — Santikos’ Embassy 14 [THX]

1989-07-14 … Des Moines, IA — Dubinsky’s River Hills (2)

1989-09-15 … Orem, UT — SCERA (6)
1989-09-15 … Utica, NY — Kallet’s Uptown
1989-09-22 … Cincinnati, OH — National Amusements’ Showcase Cincinnati 12 (8) [THX]
1989-09-22 … Nashville, TN — Carmike’s Belle Meade (9)
1989-09-22 … Santa Barbara, CA — Metropolitan’s Arlington (2)
1989-09-29 … Melbourne, FL — Cobb’s Oaks 10 (3)

1989-10-06 … Little Rock, AR — UA’s Cinema 150 (3)
1989-10-06 … Palm Springs, CA — Metropolitan’s Camelot Triplex (2)

1989-11-03 … Winnipeg, MB — Famous Players’ Portage Place (2)
1989-11-?? … Tampa, FL — UA’s The Movies at Mission Bell 8

1989-12-01 … Indianapolis, IN — Loews’ College Park 10 (3)
1989-12-29 … Canton, OH — Palace (3 days)


1989-04-07 … Costa Mesa, CA — Edwards’ Town Center 4 (5)

1989-05-19 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex Odeon’s Canada Square 8 (6) [THX]

1989-06-09 … Minnetonka, MN — Cineplex Odeon’s Ridge Square Triplex (6)
1989-06-09 … San Diego, CA — Mann’s Valley Circle (1)
1989-06-16 … Los Angeles, CA — AMC’s Century 14 (5)
1989-06-16 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Fairfax Triplex (2)
1989-06-23 … Valley Stream, NY — Cineplex Odeon’s Green Acres 6 [THX]
1989-06-30 … New Westminster, BC — Cineplex Odeon’s Westminster Mall Triplex (7)
1989-06-30 … New York, NY — Cineplex Odeon’s Warner Twin [THX]

1989-07-07 … New York, NY — UA’s Gemini Twin
1989-07-14 … Boston, MA — Loews’ Copley Place 11 (1)
1989-07-14 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (3)

1989-08-04 … Dearborn, MI — UA’s The Movies at Fairlane 10-plex (6)

1989-10-06 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon (1) [THX]
1989-10-06 … Tucson, AZ — Syufy’s Century Park 12 (5) [THX]

1989-11-03 … Phoenix, AZ — Harkins’ Cine Capri (3)
1989-11-24 … Toronto, ON — Cinespehere (3 days) [70mm fest]

1989-12-09 … Ottawa, ON — ByTowne [70mm fest; w/“Blade Runner”]
1989-12-10 … Ottawa, ON — ByTowne [70mm fest; w/“The Abyss” & “Batman”]

…plus in the years since there have been countless more revival engagements and screenings.

Unaccounted for markets include:
Ann Arbor
Baton Rouge
Colorado Springs
El Paso
Fort Lauderdale
Fort Wayne
Fort Worth
Grand Rapids
Greenville, NC
Greenville, SC
Kansas City
Las Vegas
New Haven
New Orleans
Oklahoma City
Springfield, IL
Springfield, MA
Springfield, MO

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel.

Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but 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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Michael Coate
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By the sound of those crickets you'd think the article was about some obscure indie flick nobody has seen. Sigh...

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Aaron Garman
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No, sir. I can't claim to have known him. I once had the honour to shake his hand in Damascus.

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John Wilson
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"Where is Major Lawrence right now"?

"Major Lawrence is with my army..."

"Well, that's what I meant sir...where is your army right now"?

"I don't know."

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Mike Heenan
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I'm Spartacus. Oops. Wrong epic

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Sean Weitzel
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"Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man. If mountain ranges and oceans can be overcome, then anything built by man can be overcome."

"It is recognized that you have a funny sense of fun."

Oh, wait.

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Aaron Garman
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He likes your lemonade.

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Thomas Hauerslev
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"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts".

Hi Mike, as usual, a great list from you, and I am proud to host it on Your work are always great pieces, in the great 70mm puzzle. Thanks, and oh!, by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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