Good heavens! These are all Toronto-based movie theatres!
King Kong looks much better in the newspaper ads than he did in the poster advertising to be sure. No wonder I wanted to see this movie so badly!
I really wouldn't have expected Universal to release the Japanese version of KING KONG VS GODZILLA (1962) but surely Toho and various online Daikaiju media news services are well aware of the tremendous North American interest in it and some movement would be made to influence its stateside release.
It would have been (very) nice if some Godzilla experts could have been recruited to provide an audio commentary on the film...this is more in keeping with what practically could have been done.
For me the U.S. version gets off to a bad start with the main opening titles underscored by the lackluster theme music taken from the Universal Pictures produced THE GOLDEN HORDE (1951).
But as I (repeatedly) said before the Godzilla design in this film is awesomely superb (far and away outclassing the King Kong) and one of the finest incarnations in the early classic series.
Another weak aspect of this sensational confrontation (and it's not Universal's fault) is the poor rear projection screen work of the natives frantically chucking their spears at the marauding giant octopus with the spears' shadows clearly seen on the projection screen completely destroying the intended illusion.
I am assuming that Kraken will (further) get around to releasing in bluray GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER (1966), SON OF GODZILLA (1967) and GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (1974) sometime later in the year.
(Once again) thanks to everyone for the great information and your tremendous enthusiasm!