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 Posted:   Feb 11, 2018 - 10:51 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)


“South Pacific” continues to be hugely popular, and is still the longest running movie in UK history.

It opened at The Dominion theatre, Tottenham Court Road,London on April 21st, 1958
and ran there, in its original Road Show presentation until September 30th, 1962.




What's with the "First Show in Todd-AO" sign? Did OKLAHOMA! and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS not play in London?

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2018 - 4:04 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

They did, but not in Todd-Ao.

They were shown in CinemaScope prints only.

We didn’t see their Todd-Ao presentations until the 1960’s.

I think the reason for the delay was due to Rank falling out with Fox over the original installation of CinemaScope, back in 1953 ????

J.Arthur Rank said “Ok...we’ll install it, but I don’t think we’ll bother with the Stereophonic Sound too. Too expensive!”

Fox said “No....it’s the whole package,or nothing.....take it,or leave it!”

Rank (stupidly!) said...”Ok. we’ll leave it then.”

He had already arranged to premiere “The Robe” at the Odeon,Leicester Square and “How to Marry a Millionaire” and a few others were contracted to be shown at the Odeon, Marble Arch.

Fox quickly arranged to have their CinemaScope films shown only at privately owned cinemas,throughout the UK.....which they did, very successfully.

Rank later relented and, I think the first Fox one shown in Rank cinemas, Nationwide was “Peyton Place”?

“Around the World in 80 Days” ran for over two years at The Astoria, on the opposite corner to The Dominion.
(Small facade, BIG Theatre).



This original poster was uncovered in later building work...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2018 - 4:10 AM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)


“South Pacific” continues to be hugely popular, and is still the longest running movie in UK history.

It opened at The Dominion theatre, Tottenham Court Road,London on April 21st, 1958
and ran there, in its original Road Show presentation until September 30th, 1962.




What's with the "First Show in Todd-AO" sign? Did OKLAHOMA! and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS not play in London?


Oklahoma! premiered in London in CinemaScope in 1956, but wasn't screened in Todd-AO until December 1959.

Around The World opened in London in 1957 in Cinestage, but wasn't screened in Todd-AO until 1968.

Info taken from this fascinating list:

http://www.in70mm.com/library/70mm_in/england/london/index.htm

 
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