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Still the Ultimate Trip: Remembering “2001: A Space Odyssey” on its 50th Anniversary

April 2, 2018 - 12:30 pm   |   by
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A scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey

 

THE ORIGINAL 70MM ENGAGEMENTS

Presented here is a chronological listing of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s North American first-run 70-millimeter six-track stereophonic sound presentations. These were “hard ticket” roadshow engagements (except where noted otherwise) and were special, long-running, showcase presentations in major cities prior to the film being exhibited as a general release, and they featured advanced admission pricing, an overture/intermission/entr’acte/exit music, and an average of just ten scheduled screenings per week. As well, souvenir program booklets were sold. (There were also roadshow engagements of 2001 that utilized standard 35mm prints but these have not been included in this work.)

Out of the hundreds of films released during 1968, 2001 was among only fourteen that were given deluxe roadshow treatment and among only eleven released with 70mm prints. The duration of these engagements (measured in weeks) has been included for most of the entries to give a sense of how successful the film was in its first phase of release.

The film’s anniversary offers an opportunity to namedrop some famous cinemas (nearly all of which are now closed), to offer some nostalgia for those who saw the film during this phase of its original release, and to reflect on how the film industry has evolved the manner in which event and prestige films are treated.

2001: A Space Odyssey premiere ad

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks)

m/o = a move-over engagement (i.e. a continuation of a booking from another cinema in same city/market)

*Advertised as a Cinerama presentation
**Advertised as a 70mm presentation
***Presentation format unadvertised
****Advertised as a Vistarama presentation
*****Advertised as a Dimension 150 presentation

A scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • 1968-04-02 … Washington, DC — Uptown* (52)
  • 1968-04-03 … New York, NY — Capitol* (24)
  • 1968-04-04 … Los Angeles, CA — Warner Hollywood* (80)
  • 1968-04-10 … Boston, MA — Boston* (36)
  • 1968-04-10 … Denver, CO — Cooper* (47)
  • 1968-04-10 … Detroit, MI — Summit* (47)
  • 1968-04-10 … Houston, TX — Windsor* (31)
  • 1968-04-11 … Chicago, IL — Cinestage* (36)
  • 1968-05-22 … Philadelphia, PA — Randolph* (30)
  • 1968-05-28 … San Diego, CA — Center* (44)
  • 1968-05-28 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama* (77)
  • 1968-05-29 … Atlanta, GA — Martin Cinerama* (22)
  • 1968-05-29 … Baltimore, MD — Town* (20)
  • 1968-05-29 … Cincinnati, OH — International 70* (19)
  • 1968-05-29 … Dallas, TX — Capri* (24)
  • 1968-05-29 … Miami Beach, FL — Sheridan* (23)
  • 1968-05-29 … Montreal, QC — Imperial* (24)
  • 1968-05-29 … New Orleans, LA — Cinerama* (29)
  • 1968-05-29 … Providence, RI — Cinerama* (20)
  • 1968-05-29 … St. Louis, MO — Cinerama* (29)
  • 1968-05-29 … Scottsdale, AZ — Kachina* (25)
  • 1968-05-30 … Toronto, ON — Glendale* (127)

2001: A Space Odyssey theater ad

  • 1968-06-06 … Charlotte, NC — Carolina* (13)
  • 1968-06-07 … Honolulu, HI — Cinerama* (29)
  • 1968-06-12 … Birmingham, AL — Eastwood Mall* (8)
  • 1968-06-12 … Columbus, OH — Grand* (27)
  • 1968-06-12 … Dayton, OH — Dabel* (20)
  • 1968-06-12 … Harrisburg, PA — Trans-Lux* (15)
  • 1968-06-12 … Jacksonville, FL — 5 Points* (14)
  • 1968-06-12 … Kansas City, MO — Empire 2* (27)
  • 1968-06-12 … Pittsburgh, PA — Warner* (22)
  • 1968-06-12 … Salt Lake City, UT — Villa* (22)
  • 1968-06-12 … Tampa, FL — Palace* (15)
  • 1968-06-12 … Toledo, OH — Showcase 1* (14)
  • 1968-06-13 … Portland, OR — Hollywood* (42)
  • 1968-06-19 … Buffalo, NY — Century* (13)
  • 1968-06-19 … Cleveland, OH — State* (21)
  • 1968-06-19 … Hartford, CT — Cinerama* (26)
  • 1968-06-19 … Norfolk, VA — Rosna* (25)
  • 1968-06-19 … Omaha, NE — Indian Hills* (17)
  • 1968-06-19 … San Francisco, CA — Golden Gate* (73)
  • 1968-06-19 … Wichita, KS — Uptown* (15)
  • 1968-06-26 … Calgary, AB — North Hill* (14)
  • 1968-06-26 … Des Moines, IA — River Hills* (20)
  • 1968-06-26 … Fresno, CA — Warnor* (17)
  • 1968-06-26 … Hicksville, NY — Twin South* (39)
  • 1968-06-26 … London, ON — Park* (8)
  • 1968-06-26 … Louisville, KY — Showcase 1* (14)
  • 1968-06-26 … Milwaukee, WI — Wisconsin 1* (25)
  • 1968-06-26 … Sacramento, CA — Esquire* (35)
  • 1968-06-26 … St. Louis Park, MN — Cooper* (31)
  • 1968-06-26 … Syracuse, NY — Eckel* (10)
  • 1968-06-26 … Tulsa, OK — Fox* (15)
  • 1968-06-26 … Vancouver, BC — Capitol* (15)
  • 1968-06-27 … Indianapolis, IN — Indiana* (20)
  • 1968-06-27 … Nashville, TN — Belle Meade* (13)
  • 1968-06-28 … Huntsville, AL — Westbury* (9)
  • 1968-07-02 … Las Vegas, NV — Cinerama* (15)
  • 1968-07-10 … Chattanooga, TN — Brainerd* (11)
  • 1968-07-11 … Shreveport, LA — Broadmoor** (8)
  • 1968-07-16 … Oklahoma City, OK — Cooper* (33)
  • 1968-07-17 … Montclair, NJ — Clairidge* (36)
  • 1968-07-17 … San Antonio, TX — North Star II** (18)
  • 1968-07-18 … Richmond, VA — Westhampton*** (10)
  • 1968-07-23 … San Jose, CA — Century 21* (87)
  • 1968-07-24 … Knoxville, TN — Capri-70* (9)
  • 1968-07-24 … Raleigh, NC — Ambassador** (10)
  • 1968-07-25 … Memphis, TN — Paramount**** (11)
  • 1968-07-25 … Winnipeg, MB — Garrick** (8)
  • 1968-07-31 … Evansville, IN — Ross*** (8)
  • 1968-07-31 … West Springfield, MA — Showcase 1* (12)
  • 1968-08-07 … Springfield, IL — Esquire** (8)
  • 1968-08-09 … Grand Forks, ND — Cinema International**
  • 1968-08-09 … Orlando, FL — Beacham* (11)
  • 1968-08-14 … Austin, TX — Americana** (13)
  • 1968-08-21 … Albany, NY — Hellman** (12)
  • 1968-08-21 … Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Falls* (17)
  • 1968-08-22 … Grand Rapids, MI — Eastbrook** (6)
  • 1968-08-22 … Lubbock, TX — Winchester*** (11)
  • 1968-08-28 … Lawrence, MA — Showcase 1* (12)

2001: A Space Odyssey theater showing

  • 1968-09-04 … Reno, NV — Century 21* (9)
  • 1968-09-16 … New York, NY — Cinerama* (m/o from Capitol, 13 [37])
  • 1968-09-18 … Worcester, MA — Showcase 2* (13)
  • 1968-09-25 … Edmonton, AB — Paramount** (8)
  • 1968-09-25 … Hamden, CT — Cinemart** (13)
  • 1968-09-25 … Ottawa, ON — Nelson** (12)
  • 1968-09-25 … Youngstown, OH — Paramount** (8)
  • 1968-09-27 … Reading, PA — Fox** (5)
  • 1968-10-02 … Albuquerque, NM — Fox Winrock* (13)
  • 1968-10-02 … Lexington, KY — Strand*** (7)
  • 1968-10-02 … Scranton, PA — Strand** (5)
  • 1968-10-09 … El Paso, TX — Fox Bassett Center*** (11) [unreserved seating]
  • 1968-10-17 … Penfield, NY — Panorama* (17)
  • 1968-10-25 … St. Petersburg, FL — Center** (9)
  • 1968-10-30 … Eugene, OR — Oakway*** (4) [unreserved seating]
  • 1968-10-30 … Fargo, ND — Cinema 70* (5)
  • 1968-10-30 … Little Rock, AR — Cinema 150***** (7) [unreserved seating]
  • 1968-10-30 … Milan, IL — Showcase 1* (7)
  • 1968-11-06 … Corpus Christi, TX — Deux Cine II*** (7)
  • 1968-11-06 … Monterey, CA — Cinema 70*** (13)
  • 1968-11-07 … Greensboro, NC — Terrace** (3) [unreserved seating]
  • 1968-11-08 … Cedar Rapids, IA — Times 70*** (9)
  • 1968-11-08 … Columbia, SC — Richland Mall** (3) [unreserved seating]
  • 1968-11-13 … Waco, TX — 25th Street*** (4) [unreserved seating]
  • 1968-11-14 … Augusta, GA — National Hills** (6) [unreserved seating]
  • 1968-11-20 … Tucson, AZ — El Dorado*** (9)

2001: A Space Odyssey roadshow tickets

  • 1968-12-18 … Nanuet, NY — Route 59** (9)
  • 1968-12-20 … Kokomo, IN — Markland Mall II** (3) [unreserved seating]
  • 1968-12-29 … Odessa, TX — Grandview*** (3)
  • 1968-12-31 … Mason City, IA — Park 70** (2) [unreserved seating]
  • 1969-01-08 … Wichita Falls, TX — State*** (3) [unreserved seating]
  • 1969-01-09 … North Charleston, SC — Pinehaven*** (3) [unreserved seating]
  • 1969-01-15 … Hamilton, ON — Centre Twin West** (8)
  • 1969-02-19 … Modesto, CA — Briggsmore** (5) [unreserved seating]
  • 1969-02-19 … St. Cloud, MN — Cinema 70** (2) [unreserved seating]
  • 1969-03-14 … Colorado Springs, CO — Ute 70*** (4) [unreserved seating]
  • 1969-09-30 … Oakland, CA — Century 21* (11)
  • 1969-10-14 … Orange, CA — Cinedome 21* (27)
  • 1969-10-29 … Beverly Hills, CA — Beverly Hills** (m/o from Warner Hollywood, 23 [103])
  • 1969-11-11 … San Francisco, CA — Golden Gate Penthouse** (m/o from Golden Gate, 15 [88])
  • 1969-12-17 … Pleasant Hill, CA — Century 21* (13) [unreserved seating]

Note that during the engagement the Warner Hollywood’s name was changed to Hollywood Pacific.

Promotion for 2001: A Space Odyssey

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