But I am making the trip up next month to see RYAN'S DAUGHTER and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. I am not expecting too much in terms of the quality of these prints, but then again... this may be the last time to see these films in their original format. .
If you've never seen it before and the print is good, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is terrific in 70mm. Unfortunately, ALL the great 70mm Roadshow houses here in New York City have been demolished (with the exception of the Ziegfeld, which didn't open until 1969 and is just a four wall box and the lobby looks like a $2.00 cat house). Because of health reasons I can no longer go to any repertory film festivals. Last year with the assistance of a couple of friends we went to Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre to see "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in 70mm. I don't know whether it was the same print that was run at the Dome in L.A. or not, however, between the lousy projection and marginal print, it was a BIG disappointment. I've run "Mad World" hundreds of times over the years and can say that it didn't even look as good as the original 35mm Technicolor dye prints. The last 70mm picture that I ran was "Hello Dolly" when it first came out. Although I haven't seen any of the new prints of "Hello Dolly", I can state for certain that the original prints were razor sharp and had one of the best mag tracks I had heard to date.
I hope they have a great print of "80 days", you'll love it! As for "Ryan's Daughter", that originally opened at the Ziegfeld, but ran in other NY theatres as a re-run and looked better than at the Ziegfeld, where they were still using the Zeiss Ikon 70mm projectors with the bad turret design that caused endless focus problems.