The thing that is frustrating about all this for me is that newer, all-stadium seating theaters do not have 70mm projectors installed in them, and the older theaters which do have 70mm are closing down. 70mm exhibition died off in the early 1990s with the introduction of digital sound, and unfortunately, the stadium-seating building boom came after that, so none of the newer, more popular theaters have 70mm. There are still quite a few 70mm installations left in the USA, but with these closings, that number will be rapidly declining. If a studio or director wanted to release a movie in 70mm after this year, it would be very hard to do.
Side note: there is supposedly a (minor) rerelease of "2001: A Space Odyssey" planned for October of this year, but I've heard that only about 10 or so new 70mm prints will be struck. That sucks. If this were still 1989 or 1990, there would be hundreds if not thousands of 70mm prints going out, much like the spectacular "Lawrence of Arabia" rerelease that took place. Now we get a limited 70mm theatrical release in a handful of cities, followed by a souped-up DVD release. That makes me sad.posted by Potsy at 9:41 PM on January 14, 2001
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