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“Ghostbusters”: The 70mm Engagements
“They’re here to save the world.”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 26.07.2016
7OMM Frame from "Ghostbusters". Click to see enlargement.

The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Ghostbusters” 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). These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.

“Ghostbusters” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Black Rhino/Bernie Brillstein production and Columbia release — directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis — opened June 8th.

The world premiere of “Ghostbusters” was held June 7th at the Avco Center in Los Angeles.

For the release of “Ghostbusters”, Columbia employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theater Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

A trailer for “The Karate Kid” circulated with the “Ghostbusters” prints and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.

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 were presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) 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.

ARIZONA
Tucson — Plitt’s Foothills 4-plex (27)

ARKANSAS
Little Rock — UA’s Heights (17)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Odeon’s Park* (15)

CALIFORNIA
Burlingame — Syufy’s Hyatt Triplex [70mm from Week #3]
Cerritos — UA’s Los Cerritos Mall Twin (17)
Los Angeles (Del Rey) — UA’s Marina Marketplace 6-plex (16)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (16) [THX]
Los Angeles (Northridge) — Pacific’s Northridge 6-plex (16) [70mm from Week #4]
Los Angeles (Tarzana) — Mann’s Valley West 6-plex (16)
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — General Cinema’s Avco Center Triplex (18) [THX]
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake Twin
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (19)
Pleasant Hill — Syufy’s Century 5-plex
Riverside — UA’s Park Sierra 6-plex (19)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex
San Francisco — Plitt’s Northpoint (19)
San Jose — Syufy’s Town & Country (26)
Westminster — UA’s Westminster Mall Twin (17)

COLORADO
Littleton — Commonwealth’s Cooper 7-plex

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (17)

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale — General Cinema’s Galleria 4-plex (15) [opened June 13th]

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (17) [HPS-4000]

ILLINOIS
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 6-plex (17)
Niles — Essaness’ Golf Mill Triplex (10)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 4-plex (10)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (17)

KENTUCKY
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (28)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Odeon’s Garrick 4-plex* (20)

MARYLAND
Catonsville — Einbinder & Brehm’s Westview 6-plex** (23) [70mm from Week #2]

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex (16)
West Springfield — Redstone’s Showcase 10-plex (20)

MICHIGAN
Troy — UA’s The Movies at Oakland 5-plex (20)

MISSOURI
Sunset Hills — Mann’s Mark Twain (17)

NEW JERSEY
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route Four 10-plex (20)

NEW YORK
DeWitt — Carrols’ Shoppingtown Twin*** (19)
New York (Brooklyn) — RKO Century’s Kingsway 5-plex
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ New York Twin
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ State Twin

ONTARIO
Ottawa — Odeon’s St. Laurent Twin* (18)
Toronto — Odeon’s York Twin* (19)

OREGON
Beaverton — Luxury Theatres’ Westgate Triplex (19)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — SamEric’s Eric’s Place (20)

QUEBEC
Montreal — Odeon’s Place du Canada* (27)

UTAH
Taylorsville — Plitt’s Midvalley 6-plex (20)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s Factoria 5-plex (19) [70mm from Week #3]
Lynnwood — SRO’s Grand Cinemas Alderwood 5-plex (19)
Tacoma — SRO’s Tacoma South 5-plex
Tukwila — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 7-plex (28) [70mm from Week #3]

*During the course of the engagement the cinema ownership changed from Odeon to Cineplex Odeon via the merger of the Odeon and Cineplex chains.

**During the course of the engagement the cinema was renovated from six to eight screens.

***During the course of the engagement the cinema ownership changed from Carrols to CinemaNational.
 
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SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

 
1984-09-21 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy I
1984-09-21 … Vancouver, BC — Cineplex Odeon’s Vogue (5)
1984-09-28 … Nashville, TN — Martin’s Belle Meade (2)
1984-09-28 … West Covina, CA — Sanborn’s Eastland 5-plex (3)
1984-10-05 … Bloomingdale, IL — Plitt’s Stratford Square 8-plex (3)
1984-10-12 … Los Angeles (Century City), CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (2) [HPS-4000]
1984-10-19 … Seattle, WA — Seven Gables’ Crest 4-plex (8)
1984-10-19 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (5)
1984-11-16 … Phoenix, AZ — Plitt’s Cine Capri (1)
1984-12-14 … Vancouver, BC — Cineplex Odeon’s Park (1)
1984-12-21 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (5)
1984-12-28 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1985-08-23 … New York, NY — Walter Reade’s Ziegfeld (7)
1985-08-30 … Vancouver, BC — Cineplex Odeon’s Park (2)

1986-01-29 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1996-09-13 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 2 days)
1996-10-25 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s Navy Pier IMAX (late night; 2 days)

1999-05-07 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 3 days)

2000-10-06 … Columbia Heights, MN — Heights

2004-03-?? … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [sci-fi fest]
2004-09-04 … Boston, MA — Sheraton Hotel [Noreascon 4 / World Science Fiction Convention]

2005-08-07 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm fest]
2005-10-18 … Chicago, IL — Music Box (1)

2007-09-21 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [w/“Lifeforce”]
2007-11-04 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2007-11-06 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2007-11-11 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2007-11-14 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]

2010-10-30 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian

2012-04-28 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [sci-fi fest]
2012-09-17 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse’s Ritz [70mm series]
2012-09-19 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse’s Ritz [70mm series]
2012-09-20 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse’s Ritz [70mm series]
2012-10-26 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian (2 days)

2013-10-31 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Halloween on Screen series]
2013-11-02 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Halloween on Screen series]
2013-11-03 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [Halloween on Screen series]

2015-10-30 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian

2016-02-19 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm fest]
2016-02-21 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm fest]
2016-02-25 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm fest]
2016-10-15 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [Terror-thon]
2016-11-10 … Tucson, AZ — The Loft

2017-04-09 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm series]
2017-08-27 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel, Morgan Montague and Scott Norwood.

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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