Roadshows in Chicago
posted by telliott on December 12, 2008 at 7:42 am
I’m sure we’re all enjoying the Cinerama series that has been running weekly for several weeks now, but it got me wondering about other “roadshow” engagements, particularly in Chicago. I’m wondering if anyone there can remember where the following reserved seat movies played, how long, etc…“Ben-Hur”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Mutiny on the Bounty”, “Cleopatra”, “My Fair Lady”, “Doctor Zhivago”, “Hawaii”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Camelot”, “Doctor Doolittle”, “Funny Girl”, “Oliver!”, “The Lion in Winter”,“Finians Rainbow”, “Star!” “Sweet Charity”, “Paint Your Wagon” “Goodbye Mr Chips” and of course “Hello Dolly!”
Just wondering if anyone in the Chicago area can remember these engagements.
Long-running Chicago roadshow engagements:
THIS IS CINERAMA — Palace — 98 weeks
THE SOUND OF MUSIC — Michael Todd — 93 weeks
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS — Cinestage — 90 weeks
CINERAMA HOLIDAY — Palace — 78 weeks
BEN-HUR — Michael Todd — 74 weeks
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD — Palace — 70 weeks
SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE — Palace — 59 weeks
SOUTH PACIFIC — McVickers — 56 weeks
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF — McClurg Court — 57 weeks
OKLAHOMA! — McVickers — 47 weeks
HOW THE WEST WAS WON — McVickers — 37 weeks
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY — Cinestage — 36 weeks
PORGY AND BESS — McVickers
SCENT OF MYSTERY — Cinestage
CAN-CAN — Palace
SPARTACUS — McVickers
THE ALAMO — Palace
EXODUS — Cinestage
KING OF KINGS — Michael Todd
EL CID — Cinestage
WEST SIDE STORY — Michael Todd
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY — Michael Todd
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA — Cinestage
55 DAYS AT PEKING — Michael Todd
CLEOPATRA — State Lake
BECKET — Cinestage
THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE — Michael Todd
MY FAIR LADY — Palace
CHEYENNE AUTUMN — McVickers
Thank you so much Michael! Always wondered where these great films were shown. On the “From script to DVD” web site they have 70mm in NY and 70mm in LA but don’t have Chicago. Seems like the majority of them played the Michael Todd or the Cinestage.
Tim… I parted ways with FromScriptToDVD.com before completing a “70mm in Chicago” project. I had also at one time considered such a project for the In70mm.com website. Perhaps some day I will revisit the project and complete it. In the meantime, I posted for you some of the info that had been researched, and I’ll also post a list of the Chicago area theaters known to have been equipped with 70mm projection capability not just during the roadshow era of the 1950s and ‘60s but through the 1980s and early '90s when the equipped venues and number of 70mm prints circulating was at its peak. I suspect looking the list over will bring back good memories for many of the Chicagolanders.
*The following is a list of theaters equipped for 70-millimeter film presentations in the Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area. This is not a list of theaters currently in operation that have 70mm presentation capability; many of the theaters are no longer in business, have been demolished, or have been stripped of their 70mm projection capability. This is a historical list which documents those theaters with 5-perf 70mm capability at one time or another between 1955 and the present. Many of the venues listed are closed and/or have been demolished. Some, however, are currently in operation and may still have 70mm projection capability. The chain/owners, number of screens, years of operation, etc. have not been included. *
900 N. Michigan
Cinestage / Todd’s Cinestage
McVickers / McVickers Cinerama
Navy Pier IMAX
Palace / Eitelâ€™s Palace / Bismarck
State Lake / State-Lake
Chicago Ridge Mall
Forest Park Mall
Hillside Square 4
Tim…Back as a kid on March 23 1958 my brother and I went to the Cinestage in Chicago and saw “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS”, ever since then I’ve been hooked on ROADSHOW/70mm. This of course includes CINERAMA (both kinds) which I’ve seen in Chicago, Memphis, Norfolk, New York, San Juan and Washington DC.
Sometime back I asked Michael Coate about a list for Chicago of 70mm films like the ones he had worked on for NY and LA and he mentioned then about “parted ways”, but you still gotta love the guy cause now he’s come out with these GREAT lists of CINERAMA movies in various cities. I really enjoy them!
Chicago really needs a list of Roadshow/70mm, so let me add and fill in on Michael’s list and I hope others will help out and let’s see what we come up with. If I don’t know the date the movie opened I’ve put in the Release Date knowing that it would have opened after that date. At the end, is a list of films that may or may not have been Roadshow/70mm in Chicago and I have no idea what theater they played at. For sure more flicks are listed then ever made it as a Roadshows in Chicago, but better to list too many then not enough and I may have still missed some. I have not listed movies that are a re-Issue for I doubt if they are Roadshow?? I make no gurantee that all the info is 100% accurate but it’s close and it’s a start. Any mistakes, please correct me.
Michael Coate… Don’t laugh, I know this list is really sick next to one of yours, but it’s better than nothing (which is what my wife says about me).
EVERYONE… Notice how many weeks films played! It’s a joke now days how a film is released plays in theaters for a short time, is out on DVD and on TV before you know it! I think that’s because the movies are no good, the theaters are no good, the projection and sound are no good and the audience takes no prize either! What do you think?
CHICAGO ROADSHOW 3-STRIP & 70MM MOVIES
THIS IS CINERAMA, Palace, 7/29/53, 98 weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA
CINERAMA HOIDAY, Palace, 6/15/55, 78 weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA
OKLAHOMA!, McVickers, 12/26/55, 47 weeks, Todd-AO
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, Palace, 12/12/56, 70 weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, Cinestage, 4/4/57, 90 weeks, Todd-AO
SOUTH PACIFIC, McVickers, 3/26/58, 56 weeks, Todd-AO
SEARCH FOR PARADISE, Palace, 4/16/58, 22 weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA
WINDJAMMER, Opera House, 6/20/58, 14 weeks, 3-Strip CineMiracle
SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE, Palace, 9/18/58, 59 weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA
PORGY AND BESS, McVickers, after 6/24/59, Todd-AO
BEN HUR, Michael Todd, after 11/18/59, 74 weeks, MGM Camera 65
SCENT OF MYSTERY, Cinestage, 1/6/60, Todd-AO
CAN-CAN, Palace, after 3/9/60, Todd-AO
SPARTACUS, McVickers, after 10/6/60, Super Technirama 70
THE ALAMO, Palace, after 10/24/60, Todd-AO
EXODUS, Cinestage, after 12/15/60, Super Panavision 70
KING OF KINGS, Michael Todd, after 10/11/61, Super Technirama 70
WEST SIDE STORY, Michael Todd, after 10/18/61, Super Panavision 70
EL CID, Cinestage, after 12/6/61, Super Technirama 70
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, McVickers, 8/8/62, 29 weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA
MUNITY ON THE BOUNTY, Michael Todd, after 11/8/62, Ultra Panavision 70
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, Cinestage, after 12/9/62, Super Panavision 70
HOW THE WEST WAS WON, McVickers, 2/27/63, 37 weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA
55 DAYS AT PEKING, Michael Todd, after 5/6/63, Super Technirama 70
IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, McVickers, 11/19/63, 33 weeks, Uultra Panavision 70 CINERAMA
CLEOPATRA, State-Lake, 1/3/64, Todd-AO
BECKET, Cinestage, 3/11/64, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, Michael Todd, 4/17/64, Ultra Panavision 70
CIRCUS WORLD, McVickers, 7/8/64, 15 weeks, Super Technirama 70 CINERAMA
THE BEST OF CINERAMA, McVickers, 10/21/64, 9 weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA
MY FAIR LADY, Palace, after 10/21/64, Super Panavision 70
CHEYENNE AUTUMN, McVickers, after 11/19/64, Super Panavision 70
MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY, Cinestage, 12/25/64, 13 weeks, Superpanorama 70 CINERAMA
THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, McVickers, 3/10/65, 29 weeks, Ultra Panavision 70 CINERAMA
THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Michael Todd, 3/17/65, 93 weeks, Todd-AO
THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, McVickers, 9/28/65, 9 weeks, Ultra Panavision 70 CINERAMA
THE GREAT RACE, State-Lake, 10/12/65, 16 weeks, Panavision 70mm Blow-Up? Roadshow?
BATTLE OF THE BULGE, McVickers, 12/22/65, 14 weeks, Ultra Panavision 70 Cinerama
RUSSIAN ADVENTURE, McVickers, 3/29/66, 11 weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA/KINOPANORAMA
KHARTOUM, McVickers, 6/22/66, 11 weeks, Ultra Panavision 70 CINERAMA
THE BIBLE…IN THE BEGINNING, Michael Todd, 12/23/66, DIMENSION-150
GRAND PRIX, Cinestage, 1/25/67, 24 weeks, Super Panavision 70 CINERAMA
GONE WITH THE WIND, after 10/10/67, UA Cinema 150 (Oak Brook IL), Academy image ‘tilt-and-scanned to fill the 70mm frame
DOCTOR DOLITTLE, Michael Todd, 12/20/67, Todd-AO
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Cinestage, 4/11/68, 36 weeks, Super Panavision 70 CINERAMA
STAR! Michael Todd, 11/6/68, Todd-AO
ICE STATION ZEBRA, Cinestage, 4/17/69, 10 weeks, Super Panivision 70 CINERAMA
FUNNY GIRL, Michael Todd, 6/18/69, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA, Cinestage, 6/26/69, 12 weeks, Todd-AO CINERAMA
GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS, Michael Todd, 11/12/69, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, Michael Todd, 8/14/70, 12 weeks?, Panavision, Roadshow?
SONG OF NORWAY, UA CINEMA 150 (Oak Brook IL), after 11/4/70, Super Panavision 70
RYAN’s DAUGHTER, Michael Todd, 12/18/70 Super Panavision 70
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, McClurg Court, 11/3 or 11/10/71, 57 weeks, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
PATTON, Michael Todd, 11/24/71, DIMENSION-150
MAN OF LA MANCHA, McClurg Court, 12/14/72, Spherical (1.66:1) 70mm Blow Up
SLEEPING BEAUTY, after 1/29/59, Super Technirama 70
THE BIG FISHERMAN, after 8/4/59, Super Panivision 70
SOLOMON AND SHEBA, after 10/27/59 Super Technirama 70
BARABBAS, after 2/4/62, Super Technirama 70
THE CARDINAL. after 12/12/63, Panavision 70mm Blow UP
ZULU, after 6/17/64, Super Technirama 70
THE LONG SHIPS, after 12/26/64, Super Technirama 70
LORD JIM, after 2/15/65 Super Panivision 70
IN HARMS WAY, after 4/6/65, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES, after 6/3/65, Todd-AO
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY, after 10/7/65, Todd-AO
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, after 12/22/65, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
BORN FREE, after 4/6/66. Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THE BLUE MAX, after 5/21/66, CinemaScope
HAWAII, after 10/10/66 Panavision 70mm Blow Up
IS PARIS BURNING?, after 10/10/66, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THE SAND PEBBLES, after 12/20/66, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, after 3/21/67, Spherical (1.85:1) 70mm Blow Up
THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, after 10/6/67, Panavision
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, after 10/18/67, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
CAMELOT, after 10/25/67, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
CUSTER OF THE WEST, after 11/9/67, Super Technirama 70
HALF A SIXPENCE, after 2/20/68, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
FINIAN’S RAINBOW, after 10/9/68, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN, after 11/14/68, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
OLIVER!, after 12/11/68, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, after 12/18/68, Super Panavision 70
SWEET CHARITY, after 2/11/69, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
WHERE EAGLES DARE, after 3/12/69, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
McKENNA’S GOLD, after 3/18/69, Super Panivision 70
THE LION IN WINTER, after 8/21/69, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
PAINT YOUR WAGON, after 10/15/69 Panavision 70mm Blow Up
MAROONED, after 12/13/69, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
HELLO DOLLY!, after 12/16/69, Todd-AO
ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS, after 12/18/69, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
WOODSTOCK, after 3/26/70, 16mm to 70mm Blow Up
AIRPORT, after 5/3/70, Todd-AO
KELLY’S HEROES, after 6/23/70, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
DARLING LILI, after 6/24/70, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
TOTO! TORO! TORO!, after 9/24/70, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
SCROOGE, after 11/5/70, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THE LAST VALLEY, after 1/28/71, Todd-AO
WATERLOO, after 4/2/71, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, after 12/23/71, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THE COWBOYS, after 1/13/72, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH, after 3/25/72, 16mm to 70mm Blow Up
DELIVERANCE, after 8/16/72, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
YOUNG WINSTON, after 10/10/72, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THE GREAT WALTZ, after 11/1/72, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, after 12/12/72, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
JEREMIAH JOHNSON, after 12/22/72, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
I THINK THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ROADSHOWS WAS OVER BY 1972, DOES ANYONE AGREE OR DISAGREE?
“Ladies and Gentlemen, This is CINERAMA!” Lowell Thomas, September 30, 1952
Great list Bob! I know that almost all of the films mentioned on your list did play roadshow engagements in Toronto, so they must have in Chicago as well. Now we just have to find out where.
Bob…I’ll take a stab at clarifying some of your work-in-progress information by filling in some premiere dates and breaking down your lists as best I can into 70mm, 35mm, roadshow and non-roadshow categories. I’ll add a few titles, too.
Corrected Premiere Dates:
PORGY AND BESS, McVickers, >>> 7/22/59 <<<
BEN HUR, Michael Todd, >>> 12/23/59 <<<
CAN-CAN, Palace, >>> 4/19/60 <<<
SPARTACUS, McVickers, >>> 10/13/60 <<<
THE ALAMO, Palace, >>> 10/26/60 <<<
EXODUS, Cinestage, >>> 12/16/60 <<<
KING OF KINGS, Michael Todd, >>> 10/18/61 <<<
EL CID, Cinestage, >>> 12/21/61 <<<
MUNITY ON THE BOUNTY, Michael Todd, >>> 11/14/62 <<<
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, Cinestage, >>> 1/16/63 <<<
55 DAYS AT PEKING, Michael Todd, >>> 5/29/63 <<<
CLEOPATRA, State-Lake, >>> 6/26/63 <<<
BECKET, Cinestage, >>> 3/19/64 <<<
MY FAIR LADY, Palace, >>> 10/23/64 <<<
CHEYENNE AUTUMN, McVickers, >>> 12/22/64 <<<
70mm NON roadshow:
SLEEPING BEAUTY (premiered 2/12/59 at State Lake)
SOLOMON AND SHEBA (12/25/59 at Woods)
THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN (6/24/64 at Palace)
IN HARMS WAY
ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS
THE LAST VALLEY
THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
THE SAND PEBBLES
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
PAINT YOUR WAGON
TORA! TORA! TORA!
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
THE LONGEST DAY
THE BLUE MAX
IS PARIS BURNING?
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
HALF A SIXPENCE
THE LION IN WINTER
THE GREAT WALTZ
35mm Non Roadshow:
THE LONG SHIPS
CUSTER OF THE WEST
WHERE EAGLES DARE
ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE TOMORROW
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS
Where was the Michael Todd and the Cinstage? The Chicago and the oriental never had roadshow engaements?
The Michael Todd and Cinestage were next door to each other on Dearborn, just north of Randolph, up the street from the Woods. I don’t think the Chicago or the Oriental had any roadshow engagements.
Weren’t the Michael Todd and the Cinestage at one time known as the Harris and the Selwyn?
I seem to remember The Concert for Bangladesh playing at the Carnegie in 70 mm…
Bob, that was an excellent list. Even Michael, the Listmaster around here, would agree.
I’ve only been in one of these Chicago theaters, the State-Lake (“Return of the Jedi” in 1983, a 70mm blowup), but now you’ve got me wondering what “Cleopatra” looked like in there.
Just an aside;
As I wrote this and the previoud post, I’m working in a projection booth with silenced 35 mm machines, showing “Dark Knight” on DVD, through a Barco NH12 Video Projector. It’s a better image than film ever was. I ran a film/video a/b comparison at an IATSE international convention, back in the 80’s. Film won, hands down. But this Barco’s another thing. Wow.
Standard definition DVD? On a theatre screen? Too bad…
Michael…Thanks for all the info, you filled in a lot of blank spots!
I thought it was interesting that that “THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN” played at the Place in 70mm. I did not know that. The only place I had recalled it had been in 70mm was at Radio City Music Hall.
I also see that “CAMELOT” played at the Bismarck. I had forgotten that the Palace for a time had been called the Bismarck after the Bismarck Hotel which was the hotel building the Palace/Bismarck Theater was located in.
I thought of a few more possible movies.
“A WORK-IN-PROGESS-LIST II”
CAROUSEL, after 2/16/56, CinemaScope 55 35mm
THE KING AND I, after 6/28/56, CinemaScope 55 35mm
BLACK TIGHTS, after 2/20/62, Super Technirama 70
LA FAYETTE, after 4/10/63, Super Technirama 70
THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, after 12/15/65, Spherical 35mm
THE DIRTY DOZEN, after 6/15/67, Metroscope 70mm Blow Up
WAR AND PEACE, after 4/28/68, Sovscope 70
DR. COPPELIUS!!, after 12/25/68, Superpanorama 70
TO LATE THE HERO, after 5/20/70, Metroscope 70mm Blow Up
NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, after 12/13/71, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
HOUSE OF WAX, 1953, Natural Vision (3-D) 35mm (Side-by-side Anamorphic) 70mm Blow Up 1972 re-issue
TOM SAWYER, after 3/15/73, Panavision 70mm Blow Up
Bob… The engagement of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN at Radio City Music Hall was 35mm; the Hall didn’t get equipped for 70mm until 1970, six years after MOLLY BROWN’s release.
So some might consider the Palace’s engagement of MOLLY BROWN unique in that Chicago ran it in 70mm whereas New York and Los Angeles (U.S. markets #1 and #2) played it in 35mm.
Michael…Interesting, somehow I knew a 70mm print of MOLLY BROWN was “floating” around. I don’t know why I thought it was at RCMH. I was In Norfolk, Virginia the summer of 1964, so I knew nothing about it being at the Palace in Chicago. Thanks for the info.
‘Scent of Mystery’ was not actually a road show movie. It is the infamous Smell-o-Vision movie produced by Mike Todd, Jr. It played long at the Todd owned theater, because few other theaters were equipped for, or desired to, book that stinker.
After that Junior left the radar and returned to obscurity. His father had chutzpah and taste. Junior had chutzpah…
SCENT OF MYSTERY was shown on a reserved-seat basis, so, yes, it is correct to consider it a roadshow movie.
‘House of Wax’ opened at The Chicago Theater in ‘53, where I saw it as a ten year old. While it was magnificent in its first run with top projection, by the time it got to the neighborhoods with inferior projection and often spliced, worn prints, it wasn’t so much fun.
Looked forward to the ‘72 re-release, which I saw at the Chinese in Hollywood. Don’t think it was a 70mm print, because it was much darker and grainier than what I saw in '53. I suspected that it was standard 35mm, with essentially two 16mm size images printed side by side. Also the 3-D window was projected in a way that had the depth going inward from the screen surface, rather than outward. It was a very disappointing effort.
The HOUSE OF WAX re-issue began in 1971, not 1972. The Chinese Theater in Hollywood, if the newspaper advertising was correct, did show it in 70mm.
My personal, perhaps idiosyncratic definition for road show was big event, long run, special screen, reserved seat. I loved the hype theater owners once called ‘showmanship’. Seeing pictures in a non-descript box is about as much lasting fun as eating at Mickey ’D’s every night. And showmanship in exhibition long since has left the room.
Bought a reserved seat for ‘Scent of Mystery’. Needn’t have bothered, the theater was mostly empty. I sat close to the projection booth so that I could hear the mechanism of odoriferous jars roll into place.
Working from memory impressions, the way dreams are implanted in our psyches. They weren’t called Dream Palaces for nothing.
Did see the seventies re-issue on opening night at the Chinese. I believe it was accompanied by ‘Mysteries of the Wax Museum’, in two color Technicolor, and a personal appearance by Fay Wray, who starred in it. I may be mixing two events together. But the lack of light pumped into ‘House of Wax’ dimmed the impact of the film. Have since seen it again, in double system 35 mm at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. All of the original snap was there. There also was a time when projectionists were king.
I should probably point out that all the HOUSE OF WAX discussion is off topic since that film was not a roadshow.
On A Clear Day You Can See F O R E V E R!
And ever and ever more!
By the way never been to Chicago!
Enjoy these comments about Chicago theaters & what they played & when. The photo showing “How to Steal a Million” and “Duel at Diablo” had to have been taken sometime between 8/31/66 and 9/20/66. “How to Steal a Million opened at the Woods the week of 8/10/66, but "Duel at Diablo” didn’t open at the Oriental until 8/31/66. Their next films were “Fantastic Voyage” at the Woods (opened 9/28/66) and “Ambush Bay” at the Oriental (opened 9/21/66). Thus, the Bismarck Palace in the back had to have been showing “Doctor Zhivago” at the time.
I saw “Funny Girl” at the United Artists Theatre in Chicago during a road show engagement, and “Gone With the Wind” at the McVickers, also via road show. This was the booking where the film was “adapted” for wide-screen showing. Lastly, I saw “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” on a big screen (possibly 70 mm?) not in Chicago, but in Peoria, IL, perhaps at the Palace Theatre or the Madison Theatre, my guess the latter. It was a bit easier to see first-run films or films marketed as road-show engagements in Peoria than in Chicago and the theatres there had similar state of the art technology of that era (projection and sound). I am guessing that Peoria was considered a first-run market for film booking not unlike Chicago.
So…does anyone know where Those Magnificent Men…Finian’s Rainbow, Paint Your Wagoon, Hello Dolly!, Sweet Charity, Oliver!, Doctor Zhivago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion in Winter, The Sand Pebbles, Far From the Madding Crowd played??
Those Magnificent Men, Cinestage, Reserved Seat Finian’s Rainbow, Palace, RS Hello, Dolly, Michael Todd NO RS Sweet Charity, Palace, RS Oliver, Palace, RS The Lion in Winter, Esquire, RS Dr. Zhivago, Palace, RS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, MTodd or Cinestage, RS The Sand Pebbles, Cinestage, RS Far From the Maddening Crown, The Loop, NO RS Paint Your Wagon, don’t know.
Does anyone know what Chicago theatre played The Big Fisherman?
Perhaps this will be a bit more definitive as to what Loop theatre the 70mm version of “Gone with the Wind” originally opened in: http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1967/10/01/page/137/article/display-ad-128-no-title
Likely that the McVickers ran it some time down the road, and certainly the Michael Todd did, but only after its run at the Cinestage, starting October 25, 1967. Eight months later, it would be the premiere attraction at the UA Cinema 150 in Oak Brook.
The Chicago Trib’s 3/5/1970 edition confirms “Patton” played hardticket at the Bismarck Palace.
“Funny Girl” played the United Artists first, then moved to the Cinestage to continue HT.
“Marooned” played at the Cinestage.
“The Cardinal” ran sans HT at the Woods.