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

 Compiled by Michael Coate and William Kallay


In the course of our research into 70mm in Los Angeles, we came across a number of special 70mm screenings and festivals. In certain cases, 70mm prints were screened during special events, festivals, and midnight screenings.

Below is a list of some of these special screenings and festivals. Please consider this to be a work-in-progress. For example, there were additional "Great Big 70mm" festivals held at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Those listings are on other pages within the "Search 70mm Engagments By Year" tables, but not listed here yet. They will be updated over time.

There were a few special 70mm screenings over the years. For instance, a 70mm print might have been shown at UCLA or USC with no announcement to the public. 70mm (5-perf) prints of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Spartacus" were shown to select audience members of the former Large Format Cinema Association. The year in which "Spartacus" was shown is being researched.

The "Widescreen Film Festival," in Long Beach screened a number of 70mm prints, including "The Deer Hunter" (which was in awful shape), "My Fair Lady" (also in awful shape), and "Alien." Records of those screenings are being researched. "Sleeping Beauty," which premiered at the Widescreen Film Festival in 1997, was stunning.

It should be noted that select 70mm clips have also been screened during various events in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We have been lucky enough to see some 70mm clips from movies such as "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Willow," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "The Abyss," "Backdraft," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," plus a number of 70mm trailers.

Further, there were special 70mm revival screenings at theatres in Westwood, and even some midnight 70mm screenings in Riverside, California. These will take some time to track down. We will add those screenings as soon as we get information.

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