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“The Black Hole”: The 70mm Engagements
“A journey that begins where everything ends”

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The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 02.11.2016
The following is a reference/historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Black Hole” 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 Black Hole” was among eight first-run films released in 1979 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Walt Disney production and Buena Vista release — directed by Gary Nelson and starring Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins and Ernest Borgnine — opened December 21st, 1979.

The film’s world premiere was held December 18th at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. The North American premiere was held December 20th at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (6 weeks)
Los Angeles — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (8)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex

COLORADO
Denver — Commonwealth’s Continental

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (8)

ILLINOIS
Oak Brook — UA’s Cinema Twin (4)

MICHIGAN
Grosse Pointe Woods — Nicholas George’s Woods Twin (8)
Southfield — Suburban Detroit’s Northland Twin (8)

MINNESOTA
St. Louis Park — Plitt’s Cooper Twin (8)

NEW YORK
New York — Mann’s National (6)
Syosset — UA’s Syosset (6)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (7)

OREGON
Portland — Luxury Theatres’ Eastgate Triplex (12)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — Budco’s Midtown (8)
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Warner (6)

TEXAS
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark Shopping Center Twin (10)

WASHINGTON
Seattle — SRO’s Cinerama (10)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1980-04-11 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (5) [w/”Sleeping Beauty”]
1980-06-13 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre/Ontario Film Theatre
1980-08-01 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (2) [w/”Sleeping Beauty”]

1981-03-05 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days)
1981-03-27 … Costa Mesa, CA — Mann’s South Coast Plaza Triplex (4) [w/”Sleeping Beauty”]
1981-03-27 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (2) [w/”Sleeping Beauty”]
1981-03-27 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (2) [w/”Sleeping Beauty”]
1981-05-22 … La Mesa, CA — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (1) [w/”Sleeping Beauty”]

2010-06-13 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero

2015-03-18 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox

Note that some presentations may have been presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement due to print damage or, in the case of a multiplex booking, movement to a smaller, 35mm-only auditorium within complex.

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel, Monty Marin and Vince Young. 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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