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“The Dark Crystal”: The 70mm Engagements
“Another world, another time… in the age of wonder.”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 09.06.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Dark Crystal” 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 Dark Crystal” was among eighteen first-run films released in 1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The ITC Entertainment production and Associated Film/Universal release was directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and opened December 17th.

The film’s world premiere was held December 13th at the Astor Plaza in New York, and the west coast premiere was held December 14th at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.

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
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (9 weeks)
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (8)
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Picwood (7)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s MacArthur Triplex (8)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Cinerama (8)

ILLINOIS
Hillside — M&R’s Hillside Square 4-plex (7)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 4-plex (6)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (7)

MICHIGAN
Southfield — Nicholas George’s Americana 4-plex (7)

NEW YORK
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (8)

ONTARIO
Ottawa — Odeon’s Somerset (6)
Toronto — Odeon’s Varsity Twin (6)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — Budco’s Regency Twin (6)

TEXAS
Dallas — Loews’ Park Central 4-plex (8)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1983-02-11 … Cleveland, OH — National’s Variety (1)
1983-02-11 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (1)
1983-03-25 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1) [w/“1941”]
1983-10-21 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (1)

2017-06-15 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian*
2017-06-23 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian*

* Screened during the “82 Blowup! Series”

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel and J. Thomas.

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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