A year-by-year, film-by-film history of 70-millimeter wide gauge exhibition in Southern California

 Compiled by Michael Coate and William Kallay


There were no new first-run 70mm films during 2003, but there were special screenings of...

February 3:
The Sound Of Music (Restoration/New Print)
Todd-AO / DTS
20th Century Fox

Beverly Hills: [AMPAS] Samuel Goldwyn

Premiere of new 70mm print with DTS digital sound struck from restored elements — shown once during the Motion Picture Academy's series "Facets Of The Diamond: 75 Years Of Best Picture Winners"

Additional 70mm Screenings:
Hollywood: [American Cinematheque] Egyptian* (Mar. 20, 2003)
Santa Monica: [American Cinematheque] Aero** (June 25, 2006)
Hollywood: [American Cinematheque] Egyptian*** (Dec. 1, 2006)
Santa Monica: [American Cinematheque] Aero**** (Nov. 30, 2008)
Hollywood: [American Cinematheque] Egyptian***** (May 13, 2012)
Beverly Hills: [AMPAS] Samuel Goldwyn***** (July 30, 2012)

*Shown during a Robert Wise retrospective
**Shown during the "Seeing The Big Picture: 70mm" festival
***Shown once during "70mm Nights" festival
****Shown during the "Family Matinees" series
*****Shown once during a Mother's Day Matinee
******Shown once during "The Last 70mm Film Festival"

Also see 1965, 1973, 1978 & 1990 entries

October 17:
It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Re-Issue)
Ultra Panavision 70 / DTS
United Artists (MGM)

Hollywood: [Pacific] Cinerama Dome/ArcLight Hollywood

Includes 1963 Premiere Re-Creation Event & Screening on Oct. 16

"In the fall of 1963, two icons were born — the Cinerama Dome and Stanley Kramer's 'It's A Mad, Mad, Mad Mad, World.' This October 17-19, our historic Cinerama Dome will showcase a 40th Anniversary Special Edition print presented in 70mm and, for the first time, in digital sound with the legendary intermission and 'police calls' voiced by Spencer Tracy and William Demarest."

Additional 70mm Screenings:
Hollywood: [American Cinematheque] Egyptian [1] (Jan. 25, 2004)
Santa Monica: [American Cinematheque] Aero [2] (Feb. 6, 2005)
Beverly Hills: [AMPAS] Samuel Goldwyn [3] (July 9, 2012)
Hollywood: [Pacific] Cinerama Dome/ArcLight Hollywood [4] (April 28, 2013)
Santa Monica: [American Cinematheque] Aero [5] (August 31, 2013)

[1] Shown once during "The 4th Great Big 70mm Festival"
[2] Shown once during "The (5th) Great Big 70mm Festival"
[3] Shown once during "The Last 70mm Film Festival." Screened with "The Miracle of Todd-AO" (1956)
[4] Shown once during the "TCM Classic Film Festival"
[5] Shown once during the "Set the Aspect Ratio to Stun: Movies in 70mm" festival

Also see 1963 entry

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