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Celebrating 40 Years of Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”: A 70mm Reference List
“We are not alone.”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 17.11.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm. The audio on the majority of the prints was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format). Some prints lacked Dolby noise reduction or were played back on non-Dolby brand equipment.

“Close Encounters” was among two confirmed first-run films released in 1977 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Columbia/EMI presentation was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and Francois Truffaut.

The film’s premiere was held November 15th at the Ziegfeld in New York.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included 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.

All presentations included in this listing from 1980 were the revised Special Edition.

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City, State or Province — Cinema (duration in weeks)

1977-11-16 … New York, NY — Ziegfeld (23)
1977-11-18 … Los Angeles, CA — Cinerama Dome (4)
1977-12-14 … Belleville, IL — BAC Cinema (14)
1977-12-14 … Boston, MA — Cinema 57 Twin (14)
1977-12-14 … Calumet City, IL — River Oaks Triplex (13)
1977-12-14 … Cheektowaga, NY — Holiday 6-plex (12+)
1977-12-14 … Chicago, IL — Esquire (13)
1977-12-14 … Colorado Springs, CO — Cinema 150 (23) [70mm from Week 14]
1977-12-14 … Costa Mesa, CA — South Coast Plaza Triplex (42)
1977-12-14 … Denver, CO — Cooper Twin (27)
1977-12-14 … Evergreen, IL — Evergreen Twin (22)
1977-12-14 … Fort Worth, TX — Ridglea (12+)
1977-12-14 … Houston, TX — Alabama (26)
1977-12-14 … Houston, TX — Town & Country Village Triplex (12+)
1977-12-14 … Lakewood, CA — Lakewood Center 4-plex (23)
1977-12-14 … Livonia, MI — Mai Kai (24)
1977-12-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Paramount (22) [m/o from Cinerama Dome]
1977-12-14 … Louisville, KY — Showcase 8-plex (23)
1977-12-14 … Orange, CA — Cinedome 6-plex (33)
1977-12-14 … Paramus, NJ — Route Four 4-plex (23)
1977-12-14 … Pasadena, CA — Hastings (22)
1977-12-14 … Philadelphia, PA — Sameric (22)
1977-12-14 … Pittsburgh, PA — Warner (13)
1977-12-14 … Pittsford, NY — Loews Triplex (27)
1977-12-14 … Portland, OR — Eastgate Triplex (27)
1977-12-14 … Salt Lake City, UT — Regency (27)
1977-12-14 … San Diego, CA — Cinema 21 (13)
1977-12-14 … San Francisco, CA — Coronet (27)
1977-12-14 … Santa Clara, CA — Cinema 150 (31)
1977-12-14 … Skokie, IL — Old Orchard Triplex (21)
1977-12-14 … Southfield, MI — Americana 4-plex (22)
1977-12-14 … Southgate, MI — Southgate Triplex (22)
1977-12-14 … Toledo, OH — Showcase 4-plex (20)
1977-12-14 … West Allis, WI — Southtown Triplex (12+)
1977-12-16 … Beaverton, OR — Town Center Triplex (27)
1977-12-21 … Monterey, CA — Cinema 70 (12)
1977-12-21 … Palm Springs, CA — Camelot Twin (12)
1977-12-21 … Santa Barbara, CA — Granada (12)

1978-02-08 … Honolulu, HI — Waikiki Twin (9) [70mm from Week 6]
1978-03-17 … El Cajon, CA — Parkway Plaza Triplex (20)
1978-04-26 … New York, NY — Bay (3)
1978-04-26 … New York, NY — State Twin (7)
1978-05-12 … Seattle, WA — Crest 70 (17)
1978-05-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Century Plaza Twin (5)
1978-05-19 … Phoenix, AZ — Bethany (4)
1978-05-19 … Scottsdale, AZ — Kachina (4)
1978-06-02 … Port Washington, NY — Sands Point (3)
1978-06-16 … Baltimore, MD — Reisterstown Plaza (5)
1978-06-16 … Vienna, VA — Tysons (8)
1978-06-16 … Washington, DC — MacArthur (4)
1978-06-23 … Dallas, TX — Preston Royal (3)
1978-06-28 … San Francisco, CA — Warfield (3) [w/“Logan’s Run” during Week 3]
1978-06-30 … Toronto, ON — University (3)
1978-09-?? … Atlanta, GA — Fox [fest]

1980-08-01 … Boston, MA — Cheri Triplex (4)
1980-08-01 … Chicago, IL — State Lake (2)
1980-08-01 … Los Angeles, CA — Fox (6)
1980-08-01 … Philadelphia, PA — Sam’s Place Twin (3)
1980-08-01 … Seattle, WA — Crest Twin (11)
1980-08-01 … Washington, DC — Tenley Circle Triplex (6)
1980-08-08 … New York, NY — New York Twin (7)
1980-08-08 … Paramus, NJ — Route Four 4-plex (3)
1980-08-29 … Boston, MA — Saxon (1)
1980-09-12 … Oakland, CA — Grand Lake (2) [w/“2001”]
1980-09-26 … Chicago, IL — McClurg Court (1)
1980-09-26 … Northbrook, IL — Edens Twin (1)
1980-11-21 … South Salt Lake, UT — Century 5-plex (2) [w/“2001”]

1981-01-22 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days) [70mm fest]
1981-02-13 … New York, NY — Ziegfeld (4)
1981-03-06 … Los Angeles, CA — Cinerama Dome (3)
1981-05-01 … Washington, DC — Uptown (4 days) [70mm fest]
1981-05-15 … Los Angeles, CA — Paramount (1)
1981-06-05 … La Mesa, CA — Cinema Grossmont (1)
1981-07-03 … Los Angeles, CA — Picwood (2) [w/“Alien”]
1981-08-28 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera (2 days)
1981-11-06 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1981-11-27 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre/Ontario Film Theatre

1982-02-03 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1982-03-19 … Toronto, ON — Cumberland 4-plex (1) [La Reserve]
1982-09-03 … Florence, KY — Florence 6-plex (1)
1982-09-03 … Springdale, OH — Tri-County 5-plex (1)
1982-09-10 … Pittsburgh, PA — Warner (1)
1982-10-01 … Des Moines, IA — River Hills (1)
1982-10-15 … Lincoln, NE — Cooper/Lincoln (1)
1982-11-12 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama (midnight; 2 days)
1982-11-26 … Scarborough, ON — Cedarbrae 6-plex (1)

1991-09-13 … Washington, DC — Uptown (1) [70mm fest]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Don Beelik, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer and Stan Malone.

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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