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“The Black Hole”: The 70mm Engagements
“A journey that begins where everything ends”

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The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 02.11.2016
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Black Hole” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

“The Black Hole” was among nine first-run films released in 1979 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Walt Disney production and Buena Vista release — directed by Gary Nelson and starring Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins and Ernest Borgnine — opened December 21st.

The world premiere of “The Black Hole” was held December 18th at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. The North American premiere was held December 20th at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The duration of the engagements, measured in weeks played, has been included for some entries in parenthesis following the cinema name.

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter weeks of engagement due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a smaller, 35mm-only auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse may have been true in some cases whereas a booking began with a 35mm print because the lab was unable to complete the 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In these cases, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (6 weeks)
Los Angeles — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (8)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex

COLORADO
Denver — Commonwealth’s Continental

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (8)

ILLINOIS
Oak Brook — UA’s Cinema Twin (4)

INDIANA
Indianapolis — Y&W’s Eastwood (11) [70mm from Week #7]

LOUISIANA
Metairie — Cobb’s Lakeside 4-plex (8)

MICHIGAN
Grosse Pointe Woods — Nicholas George’s Woods Twin (8)
Southfield — Suburban Detroit’s Northland Twin (8)

MINNESOTA
St. Louis Park — Plitt’s Cooper Twin (8)

NEW YORK
New York — Mann’s National (6)
Syosset — UA’s Syosset (6)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (7)

OREGON
Portland — Luxury Theatres’ Eastgate Triplex (12)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — Budco’s Midtown (8)
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Warner (6)

TEXAS
Dallas — General Cinema’s Northpark West Twin (10)

WASHINGTON
Seattle — SRO’s Cinerama (10)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1980-04-11 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome* (5)
1980-06-13 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre/Ontario Film Theatre
1980-08-01 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood* (2)
1980-11-26 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s La Jolla Village 4-plex* (1)
1980-12-03 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin* (1)

1981-03-05 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days) [70mm fest]
1981-03-27 … Costa Mesa, CA — Mann’s South Coast Plaza Triplex* (4)
1981-03-27 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Chinese Triplex* (2)
1981-03-27 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin* (2)
1981-04-03 … Indianapolis, IN — Y&W’s Eastwood* (1)
1981-05-08 … Livonia, MI — Nicholas George’s Mai Kai* (1)
1981-05-08 … Phoenix, AZ — Mann’s Chris-Town 5-plex* (2)
1981-05-08 … Southfield, MI — Nicholas George’s Americana 4-plex* (1)
1981-05-08 … Southgate, MI — Nicholas George’s Southgate Triplex* (1)
1981-05-22 … La Mesa, CA — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont* (1)

2010-06-13 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero

2015-03-18 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox [damaged print replaced w/“Tron”]

*70mm double feature with “Sleeping Beauty”

The information contained in this article has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel, Monty Marin and Vince Young.

Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but have not been accounted for in this article.

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
 
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