70MM FILMS -HOW MANY HAVE YOU SEEN?

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  1. cinerama10

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    I saw 174 feature films in 70mm (excluding Imax). plus numerous 70mm shorts. Can anyone beat this record?
     
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    I don't think I can beat that record, and I began in the late '50s. Would love to see the list.
     
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    I seen so many 70mm screenings since the early 1970s and still go to Bradford every year and attend 70mm showingsat the BFI Southbank today.Being in London I have seen so many original 70mm prints in NFT 1, MOMI/NFT 3 over the years including all in theDavid Lean, Charlton Heston seasons, many Dolby Demos and rare print sceenings.I have seen most of the Original 70mm features, shorts, and count myself lucky as I saw them just before theyall turned pink as most Large Format is now showing in Digital.I 1995 I saw 4 70mm screenings in 1 day for Cinema 100 day.I have booked my seat for this years WSW at Bradford I still count myself lucky that they brought back D-150 atthe Odeon Marble Arch for Star Wars in 1978.I must have seen Hundreds...
     
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    I have just checked the list of 70mm films shown in London from 70mm.com and I saw 109 of them.Those were the days...
     
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    I was lucky enough to live near a city (Glasgow) which had several 70mm houses plus Cinerama in the 60s and 70s, but I doubt if I could beat 174.Like DP70, I get the opportunity to catch up on many of them in Bradford every spring.
     
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    Of all the moviegoing data I've compiled over the last few decades, one of the categories I overlooked is 70mm. I may have seen some 70mm screenings at Broadway theaters in the 1960s and '70s, like BATTLE OF THE BULGE (1965), but I honestly don't recall which ones beyond that for sure. More recently, I've attended IMAX screenings of things like TRANSFORMERS 3, DARK KNIGHT RISES and PACIFIC RIM, but those are few and far between. I did go see THE MASTER in 70mm at the Ziegfeld a year or so ago, but I had trouble staying awake during it and walked out before it ended.
     
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    Its me again, I just remembered the short season of 70mm screenings at the Astoria Charing Cross in 1976 over 7films and also at the Dominion before it also finished as a cinema, and the all night 70mm showings of the Alienfilms at the BFI Imax and at Cambridge Picture House.I was on holiday in Newquay and even saw The Towering Inferno in 70mm at the Camalot Cinema.I did see The Master in London and I must say i nearly did walk out but as it was in 70 I had to wait to see theend credits.It would be good to know of the best 70mm presentation people have seen.thanks.
     
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    I am not sure what the OP - Cinerama10 - is asking here. Certainly everyone's responses so far are inconsistent.

    A: Do you mean the number of times you have been to the cinema to see a 70mm presentation which might, for instance, include the fourth or eighth viewing of, say, Ben-Hur. In which case several hundred might well be feasible.


    B: Or are you asking how many films MADE in 65mm/70mm have you seen in their original format which would mean that each title can only be counted once. In which case your total of 175 could not be achieved. Or that a film like The Towering Inferno, cited by DP70, could not be included as it was not shot in 65mm/70mm. Or if you only ever saw Mutiny on the Bounty in 35mm that would not count either.

    C: And are you including blow-ups?

    Personally, for me to get involved in this game, you need to set the rules. I only really only approve option B.
     
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    Sadly, all my 70mm experiences were blow ups in the 1980s. I am aware of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Top Gun, The Untouchables, and (I think) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, though not entirely certain on the last one. Would love to see some true 70mm sometime, but living in Philly, that's not likely to happen.
     
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    Looking at that London list, I saw 35 genuine 70mm films (most first run but a few as reissues) and 75 70mm blow-ups, making a total of 110. So I beat you by 1. :D
     
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    I missed out on the true Cinerama films, but saw every one of the Super/Ultra Panavision films in 70mm, beginning with IAMMMMW, then thru ICE STATION ZEBRA, 2001, GRAND PRIX, etc. I also caught an amazing 70mm showing of Disney's SLEEPING BEAUTY on Broadway for a re-release. Beyond those, I am sure I saw others in NYC, but don't know which were presented in 70mm vs. 35mm.
     
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    Short list for me. As under rule B. ICE STATION ZEBRABEN-HURLAWRENCE OF ARABIAKHARTOUM2001: A SPACE ODESSYOKLAHOMA!THE SOUND OF MUSICHELLO DOLLYPATTONAIRPORTI have seen several blow-up 70mm such as Cocoon 2, Indy, Star Wars, Doctor Zhivago, ET, ETC. But I don't really count those.
     
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    These are the films, shot in 65/70mm which I saw in that format:

    The Agony and the Ecstasy
    The Alamo
    Barabbas
    The Battle of the Bulge
    Ben-Hur
    The Bible . . . in the beginning
    Cheyenne Autumn
    Cleopatra
    Custer of the West
    El Cid
    Exodus
    55 Days at Peking
    The Fall of the Roman Empire
    Far and Away
    Grand Prix
    The Greatest Story Ever Told
    The Hallelujah Trail
    Hello Dolly
    Ice Station Zebra
    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    Khartoum
    King of Kings
    Krakatoa East of Java
    LaFayette
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Lord Jim
    McKenna's Gold
    The Magnificent Showman (Circus World)
    Mutiny on the Bounty
    My Fair Lady
    Patton
    Playtime
    Porgy and Bess
    Ryan's Daughter
    South Pacific
    Spartacus
    Star!
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
    War and Peace (USSR)
    West Side Story

    I think that makes 41 in all.
     
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    I missed about 6 from Adrian's list but caught one he missed(or forgot)-The Flaming Years- Russia's first 70mm which had a brief season at the Coliseum in London. Also I was able to catch Black Cauldron at the Chinese in Hollywood and although a blow up,The Empire Strike's Back, in D150 at the Egyptian .

    My fondest memory, however, was waiting for a friend outside the Metropole in London waiting to see Lawrence again(I had seen the uncut version at the Odeon) and ,as he did not turn up, changing my mind and trying to decide between Cleopatra and How the west was Won. Cinerama won out over Todd AO. Those were the days!
     
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    Damn good list.
     
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    Adrian's list beats me by several. I don't know why I never got to see EL CID in 70mm and I'd liked to have seen THE ALAMO and 55 DAYS AT PEKING as well. I caught up with KING OF KINGS at an NFT showing and caught up with the 70mm version of BEN-HUR around about 1964 when the roadshow version played at the Empire in continuous performaces. A few I saw on first release which aren't on his list (although I can well understand why he didn't want to see them!) are THE SOUND OF MUSIC, DOCTOR DOLITTLE, CUSTER OF THE WEST and DERSU UZALA (USSR) (which played at the Curzon, Mayfair)..
     
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    I can email you a list if I can get your email address.Mine is: cinerama10@hotmail.com
     
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    It is unlikely that STAR WARS was shown on the full D150 screen .The system was copyright so they would have had to get permission to use the entire screen. I saw two 70mm films at the Rivoli cinema in New York. SAND PEBBLES and SERGEANT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND .They had a D150 screen but never used the entire screen. It was always slightly smaller when used for 70mm. They never had nor screened a D150 film. during the many years that they had the D150 screen installed.I thought that STAR WARS should have been called STAR BORES! The acting for two of the leads was pathetic. I also managed to see HEAVENS GATE in 70mm during its brief 2 week season in New York. It was also shown in Los Angeles in 70mm for 2 weeks at the same time as its NYC screening. It was never shown anywhere else in 70mm after those 2 brief seasons.It was also heavily cut for all future 35mm screenings.
     
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    Send me you email address and I will email you the list. Mine is :cinerama10hotmail.com
     

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