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The old Christown Theatres went from 1 screen to 2 then to 5 then to 11. Theatre 3 was the large auditorium which featured 922 seats, THX sound and 70MM capability. I was fortunate to see many of the big blockbusters in that autitorium and several in 70MM…. RAISE THE TITANIC, THE BLACK HOLE, DISNEY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY, INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, STAR TREK 4 THE VOYAGE HOME. Also saw ROCKY, SUPERMAN, STAR TREK II, GANDHI, TOP GUN, AND TITANIC among others in that auditorium. Does anybody know if Harkins kept the 70MM projectors when he closed this theatre or the old Cine Capri? If he did, he needs to have a 70MM FILM FESTIVAL like the great movie exhibitors do in Europe. Anyone wanting info on these festivals can look them up on the great website 70MM.com.
The Camelback Theatre was located on the south side of Camelback road near Scottsdale Road. This where “MIDWAY” and “ROLLERCOASTER” played in SENSURROUND. The large theatre was split into 3 screens.
Nice theatres, but Harkins should have kept a large theatre in the new complex like he had in the old Christown off 19th Ave. That theatre was awesome and the first in Phoenix to feature THX. That theatre also was equipped for 70MM which in my opinion was and still is far more superior than the new IMAX. Harkins, bring back a 70MM Film Fest to your new Cine Capri theatre’s.
I was fortunate to see SEVERAL 70MM showings in the 922 seat auditorium.
RAISE THE TITANIC 80'
WALT DISNEYS SLEEPING BEAUTY 81'
THE BLACK HOLE 81'
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM 84'
STAR TREK 4 THE VOYAGE HOME 86'
I also remember hearing about structural damage during the Bethany’s engagement of “Earthquake” in late 74' early ‘75. I do believe it was closed for a week for some repairs. I was not fortunate to see “Earthquake” at the Bethany, but got to see it later that year at The Hayden West Theatre off Grand and Indian Schoool. The Sensurround was awesome. I remember my dad feeling a bit shaken up after the show. My brother and I loved it though. I do believe “Earthquake” was the only Sensurround showing at The Bethany. After that, both “Midway” & “Rollercoaster played in Sensurround at the Camelback Theatre near Scottsdale Rd.
Wish we Still had theatres like the Bethany and theatres that would play Sensurround like the film fest this past June in Germany.