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The first roadshow I saw was HOW THE WEST WAS WON on a school field trip in 1962. After that when I was old enough to go downtown Detroit with some friends to see LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. In 1963 we saw MAD WORLD--- During a vacation in 1963 with my aunt I saw CLEOPATRA at the Pantages theater LA-- 1964 --- MY FAIR LADY---BECKET--FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE 1965----SOUND OF MUSIC---MAGNIFICENT MEN IN FLYING MACHINES--AGONY AND ECSTASY----DOCTOR ZHIVAGO---GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD---BATTLE OF THE BULGE---1966---IS PARIS BURNING?----GRAND PRIX-----THE SAND PEBBLES---THE BIBLE---KHARTOUM--THE BLUE MAX--HAWAII--1967--THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE---HALF A SIXPENCE--- 2001---DOCTOR DOLITTLE----CAMELOT----FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD---GONE WITH THE WIND-1968---THE LION IN WINTER----FUNNY GIRL---WAR AND PEACE [70MM in NEW YORK]---STAR!--FINIANS RAINBOW--- CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG---OLIVER---ICE STATION ZEBRA-1969--GOODBYE MR CHIPS---HELLO DOLLY---SWEET CHARITY--PAINT YOUR WAGON---1970-PATTON[35MM]---TORA TORA TORA---RYANS DAUGHTER[35MM]] AIRPORT 70MM NY] NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDER[35MM] 1971--FIDDLER ON THE ROOF[NYC70MM] What a thrill to have these memories on bluray. Many thanks to Robert Harris for making some of these possible. My home theater has come a long way since I projected view master slides on my curved wall in the basement when I was a kid.
 
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OKLAHOMA!, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, TEN COMMANDMENTS, GIANT, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, WINDJAMMER, PORGY AND BESS, BEN HUR, SLEEPING BEAUTY, SPARTACUS, EL CID, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, HOW THE WEST WAS WON, IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, THE CARDINAL, CLEOPATRA, MY FAIR LADY, FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, OTHELLO, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, HAWAII, THE BLUE MAX, GRAND PRIX, CAMELOT, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, ICE STATION ZEBRA, THE LION IN WINTER, 2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, OLIVER!, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, STAR!, FUNNY GIRL, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, PAINT YOUR WAGON, SWEET CHARITY, GOODBYE MR CHIPS, HELLO DOLLY!, RYAN'S DAUGHTER, PATTON, SONG OF NORWAY, TORA TORA TORA, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE DEER HUNTER
 

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My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Sound of Music, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Hello, Dolly, Dr. Doolittle , Doctor Zhivago
 

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Sound of Music, Airport, The Hateful Eight, Tora, Tora, Tora, Patton,The Deer Hunter
 

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Forgive my ignorance, but I've never quite understood the meaning of "roadshow" as it pertains to the movies. Aren't all first run movies roadshows?

I did see the following movies first run based on the above lists... LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 2001, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, PATTON, AIRPORT. I saw MAD WORLD in south america in the 70s'. Not sure if that counts.
 

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Not sure if I saw Sound of Music first run, but I did see Mary Poppins. Not sure if that counts as well.

I missed Dr. Doolittle... saw that as well.
 

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OKLAHOMA!, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, TEN COMMANDMENTS, GIANT, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, WINDJAMMER, PORGY AND BESS, BEN HUR, SLEEPING BEAUTY, SPARTACUS, EL CID, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, HOW THE WEST WAS WON, IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, THE CARDINAL, CLEOPATRA, MY FAIR LADY, FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, OTHELLO, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, HAWAII, THE BLUE MAX, GRAND PRIX, CAMELOT, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, ICE STATION ZEBRA, THE LION IN WINTER, 2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, OLIVER!, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, STAR!, FUNNY GIRL, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, PAINT YOUR WAGON, SWEET CHARITY, GOODBYE MR CHIPS, HELLO DOLLY!, RYAN'S DAUGHTER, PATTON, SONG OF NORWAY, TORA TORA TORA, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE DEER HUNTER
You reminded me of a few films I left out. Would of loved to have seen SOUTH PACIFIC when it first came out.
 

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I did see the uncut South Pacific. Being young, when I saw it again, I could understand why scenes were missing. When I was older I saw the travesties of the cut versions Camelot and Goodbye Mr Chips again after I saw them in Roadshow release.
 

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I did see the uncut South Pacific. Being young, when I saw it again, I could understand why scenes were missing. When I was older I saw the travesties of the cut versions Camelot and Goodbye Mr Chips again after I saw them in Roadshow release.
Missed HALLELUJAH TRAIL. I suppose no great lost. Would of loved to have seen THE GREAT RACE 70mm blow-up in LA. Anyone see LORD JIM in 70mm?
 

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I also don’t understand what “roadshow” means. Will someone step up and help the uninformed?
 

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Roadshow films had reserved seating. Many times shown in 70mm with only two shows a day. Programs for the film were often sold at the theater. Roadshow films most often had an overture --intermission--exit music.
 

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The first Roadshow I ever saw was The Ten Commandments (1956). I was probably around 8 or 9. It was an event as we had to drive all the way to San Francisco to see it. I still remember being puzzled when Cecil B. DeMille walked out in front of the curtain to talk to the audience and even more puzzled when the movie stopped in the middle for an intermission. That had never happened at the movies before. Off the top of my head, other Roadshows that followed: Ben-Hur, Camelot, Doctor Zhivago, Far From The Madding Crowd, 55 Days At Peking, Finian's Rainbow, Funny Girl, Gandhi, Grand Prix, Hateful Eight, Hello Dolly, Man Of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Ryan's Daughter, Sand Pebbles, Sound Of Music, Spartacus, Sweet Charity, 2001 A Space Odyssey.
 

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Also, I have a box of original Roadshow souvenir programs in mint condition including many roadshown overseas but not in the U.S.: Agony And The Ecstasy, Around The World In 80 Days (hardcover), Barry Lyndon, Becket, Ben-Hur, Blue Max, Bobby Deerfield, Boy Friend, Butley (Alan Bates/American Film Theatre), Cabaret, Camelot, Cleopatra, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Darling Lili, Delicate Balance (Katharine HepburnAmerican Film Theatre), Doctor Dolittle, Doctor Zhivago, Fall Of The Roman Empire, Fiddler On The Roof, Finian's Rainbow, Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Godfather, Godfather Part II, Gone With The Wind (1967 70 millimeter Roadshow), Goodbye Mr. Chips, Grand Prix, Great Gatsby (1974), Half A Sixpence, Happiest Millionaire, Hawaii (hardcover), Hello Dolly, Ice Station Zebra, Iceman Cometh (Lee Marvin/American Film Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar, Krakatoa East Of Java, Lawrence Of Arabia, Lion In Winter, Little Prince, Longest Day, Lost Horizon (1973), Lost In The Stars (American Film Theatre), Love Story, Mackenna's Gold, Man For All Seasons, Man of La Mancha, Marooned, Mary Poppins, Molly Maguires, Mutiny On The Bounty (hardcover), My Fair Lady (hardcover), Nicholas And Alexandra, Oliver!, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Paint Your Wagon, Peter Rabbit & Tales Of Beatrix Potter, Porgy And Bess (hardcover), Reds, Robin And Marian, Romeo And Juliet ((1968), Ryan's Daughter, Scrooge, 1776, Shoes Of The Fisherman, Slipper And The Rose, Song Of Norway, Sound Of Music, South Pacific (hardcover), Star!, Superman (1978), Sweet Charity, That's Entertainment, Thunderball, Tora Tora Tora, Towering Inferno, Turning Point, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Valachi Papers, West Side Story, Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm (hardcover), Young Winston
 

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My first Roadshow (these were all in London's West-End) was with my family in 1960 at the Empire, Leicester Square for "BEN-HUR".
I started going to London's West End on my own at the age of 15.
In March, 1963 "HOW THE WEST WAS WON" at the Casino and later that month "MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" at the Royalty Kingsway.
In April (20th) "LAWRENCE OF ARABIA' at the Metropole, Victoria.

"WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM" and "IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD" "THE BIBLE...IN THE BEGINNING" all at the Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane.
The matinee screening of "MAD WORLD" (Jan 1st 1964) was viewed a reel at a time. The manager came on the stage to announce that a projector had broken down!
"GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD" "THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL" "KHARTOUM" "GRAND PRIX" "2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY" all at the Casino.
"SOUND OF MUSIC" ""CLEOPATRA" "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" at the Dominion Theater.
"BECKET" at the Plaza, Piccadilly Circus.
"MY FAIR LADY" at the Warner, Leicester Square.
"DOCTOR ZHIVAGO" "WHERE EAGLES DARE" "GOODBYE MR. CHIPS" and "RYAN'S DAUGHTER" at the Empire.
"FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE" and "THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES" at the Astoria, Charing Cross Road.
"DOCTOR DOLITTLE" at the Odeon, Marble Arch.
"LORD JIM" "OLIVER!" at the Odeon, Leicester Square. (I also saw "AIRPORT" there in the unannounced Todd-AO 70mm format but I think this film was shown as a continuous performance presentation so I don't think it can be considered a Roadshow).
 
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So many films....great theaters.. off the top of my head. I also have many souvenir programs..well over 100 of them...From US and UK

Loew's State ....
Ben-Hur first Roadshow
King of kings
The Bible
Becket
Lord Jim
Agony and the Esctacy
Mutiny on the Bounty

DeMille Theatre....
Spartacus 2nd Roadshow
Barabbas
War and Peace...Russian version..
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Hawaii
Fall Of the Roman Empire
The Cardinal

Warner (Cinerama) Theater
Exodus Third Roadshow
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
El Cid
Greatest Story Ever Told
Song Of Norway
Ice Station Zebra
Finian's Rainbow
Grand Prix
Battle of the Bulge

Criterion Theater
My Fair Lady
Lawrence of Arabia
Patton
Nicholas and Alexandra
Tora, Tora Tora

The Rivoli
West Side Story
Cleopatra
The Sound Of Music
The Sand Pebbles
Star!
Fiddler on the Roof
Gone With the Wind 70mm revival

Loew's Capitol(Cinerama)
How The West Was Won
2001 A Space Odyssey
Far From The Madding Crowd
Cheyenne Autumn
The Hallelujah Trail
Doctor Zhivago

And other Roadshows in NYC
Lion in Winter 57th St Theatre
The Blue Max Sutton Theater
A Man For All Seasons...Fine Arts Theater
Judgment at Nuremberg... Palace Theater
Goodbye Mr. Chips Palace Theater
 
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I keep seeing references to the 1967 70mm GWTW re-release. What happened to those elements? Would have made for an interesting extra although that version was much reviled as I recall.
 

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I keep seeing references to the 1967 70mm GWTW re-release. What happened to those elements? Would have made for an interesting extra although that version was much reviled as I recall.


From what I remember the 70mm version cut off the top and bottom of the frame. Remember the sound as being good for a 1939 film through the sound system at the Rivoli in NYC.
 

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