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“E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial”: The 70mm Engagements
“He is afraid. He is alone. He is 3 million light years from home.”

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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 “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

“E.T.” was among eighteen first-run films released in 1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Universal release — directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote and Henry Thomas — opened June 11th.

The premiere of “E.T.” was held May 26th as the closing night feature of the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. The film’s U.S. premiere was held June 10th at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles.

The 70mm prints of “E.T.” screened in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco were reportedly struck off the original negative, with the balance of the 70mm print run struck off an inter-negative.

A trailer for “The Dark Crystal” was suggested by Universal to be played with the “E.T” presentations.

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 format switch to 70mm. In these cases, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Odeon’s Park (45)

CALIFORNIA
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (28)
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (5)
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4-plex
Orange — Syufy’s City Center Twin (27)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Capitol Twin
San Diego — Mann’s Loma (52)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency II
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (1)
Westminster — UA’s Westminster Mall Twin (27)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s Cinema (26)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (27)

ILLINOIS
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 6-plex (27)
Chicago — General Cinema’s Ford City Triplex (27)
Orland Park — Plitt’s Orland Square 4-plex (28)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (27)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard Triplex (21)

LOUISIANA
Metairie — Cobb’s Lakeside 4-plex (52) [70mm from Week #28]

MINNESOTA
Minneapolis — Plitt’s Skyway 4-plex (23)

NEW YORK
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (27)
New York — Moss’ Movieland
New York — Reade’s Bay (26)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Odeon’s Hyland Twin (44)

OREGON
Beaverton — Luxury Theatres’ Westgate Triplex (43)
Portland — Luxury Theatres’ Eastgate Triplex (43)

TEXAS
Dallas — General Cinema’s Northpark West Twin (27)
Houston — General Cinema’s Galleria 4-plex

UTAH
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Crossroads Triplex (48)
South Salt Lake — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (51)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1982-06-17 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (2)
1982-07-02 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (3)
1982-07-16 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (27)
1982-07-16 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (22)
1982-07-16 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Twin (19)
1982-07-16 … Riverside, CA — Sanborn’s Canyon Crest 5-plex (39)
1982-07-16 … Seattle, WA — UA’s Cinema 150 (22) [70mm from Week #2]
1982-07-23 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (43)
1982-10-22 … West St. Paul, MN — Engler’s Signal Hills 4-plex
1982-11-12 … Nashville, TN — Martin’s Belle Meade (5)
1982-12-17 … Colorado Springs, CO — Commonwealth’s Ute 70 (14)
1982-12-17 … Dallas, TX — Plitt’s Caruth Plaza Twin (9)
1982-12-17 … Philadelphia, PA — Budco’s Regency Twin (17) [70mm from Week #7]
1982-??-?? … Atlanta, GA — Columbia

1983-02-18 … Cedar Grove, NJ — Cinema 23
1983-02-18 … East Meadow, NY — UA’s Meadowbrook 4-plex
1983-02-18 … Hicksville, NY — RKO Century’s Mid-Island Plaza Twin
1983-02-18 … Nanuet, NY — UA’s Route 59 (3)
1983-02-18 … New York, NY — Loews’ New York Twin
1983-02-18 … New York, NY — Walter Reade’s Bay
1983-02-18 … Secaucus, NJ — Loews’ Meadow 6-plex
1983-02-18 … Wayne, NJ — Loews’ Wayne 6-plex (3)
1983-02-18 … White Plains, NY — UA’s Cinema
1983-03-04 … Los Angeles, CA — UA’s Egyptian Triplex (3)
1983-03-25 … Chicago, IL — Plitt’s State Lake (1)
1983-03-25 … Evergreen Park, IL — M&R’s Evergreen Triplex (1)
1983-03-25 … Forest Park, IL — Essaness’ Forest Park Triplex (1)
1983-03-25 … Norridge, IL — M&R’s Norridge 4-plex (1)
1983-03-25 … Schaumburg, IL — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (1)
1983-04-01 … Little Rock, AR — UA’s Heights (2)
1983-04-15 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (3)
1983-05-20 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1983-05-20 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 21 (3)

1985-07-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (2)
1985-07-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (4)
1985-07-19 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Champlain Twin (5) [Version Francaise]
1985-07-19 … New York, NY — Loews’ Orpheum Twin
1985-07-19 … New York, NY — Loews’ State Twin
1985-07-19 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (3)
1985-07-19 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Royal
1985-07-19 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Hyland Twin (5)
1985-08-09 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (1)
1985-12-26 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere* (11 days)

1986-06-06 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (1) [w/“Back to the Future”]

1987-06-30 … Universal City, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18-plex**

1990-07-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Fairfax Triplex***

2017-06-18 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian****
2017-06-23 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian****

* Screened during the (annual) “Ford 70mm Film Festival”
** Screened during the “Magnificent Movie Poll” grand-opening event
*** Screened during the “Classic Film Festival”
**** Screened during the “82 Blowup! Series”

The information in this article was 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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