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“Grease” and “Grease 2”: The 70mm Engagements
“Grease is the word”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 02.11.2016
The following is a reference/historical listing of the 70mm engagements of “Grease” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) blow-ups sourced from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Robert Stigwood-Allan Carr production/Paramount release starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and was directed by Randal Kleiser.

The film’s world premiere was held June 4th, 1978, at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, and the film was released nationally in 35mm on June 16th. Two months into the film’s release, however, Paramount elected to strike a small run of 70mm prints, marking a rare case of an after-the-fact 70mm release.

1978-08-16 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Village (5 weeks)

1978-08-16 … New York, NY — Walter Reade’s Ziegfeld (7)

1978-08-23 … Washington, DC — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Uptown (5)

1979-05-18 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Fox (3)

1979-05-25 … New York, NY — Loews’ State Twin (2)
 
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The following is a reference/historical listing of the 70mm engagements of “Grease 2” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) blow-ups sourced from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Robert Stigwood-Allan Carr production/Paramount release starred Maxwell Caulfield, Michelle Pfeiffer and Adrian Zmed and was directed by Patricia Birch. (The film’s world premiere was held June 3rd, 1982, at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles.)

1982-06-11 … Chicago (Bloomingdale), IL — Plitt’s Stratford Square 4-plex (2 weeks)

1982-06-11 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — Mann’s Hollywood (2)

1982-06-11 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Bruin (2)

1982-06-11 … New York, NY — Walter Reade’s Ziegfeld (5)

1982-06-11 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (3)

1982-06-11 … Seattle (Lynnwood), WA — SRO’s Grand Cinemas Alderwood 5-plex (6)

1982-06-11 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (4)

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Vince Young. The article is incomplete in regard to subsequent bookings, and international engagements 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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