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“Pink Floyd: The Wall” — The 70mm Engagements
“The Memories. The Madness. The Music… The Movie.”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 21.09.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Pink Floyd: The Wall” 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 with a slit-surround playback option). These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.

“Pink Floyd: The Wall” was among eighteen confirmed first-run films released in 1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The MGM/UA release was directed by Alan Parker and featured Bob Geldof, the music of Pink Floyd, and animation directed by Gerald Scarfe.

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 might have been 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.

1982-06-30 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s National (sneak preview screening)

1982-08-06 … New York, NY — Walter Reade’s Ziegfeld (7)

1982-08-13 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Village (13)

1982-08-13 … Montreal, QC — United’s York (32)

1982-08-13 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (14)

1982-09-17 … Boston, MA — Sack’s Cinema 57 Twin (5)

1982-09-17 … Calgary, AB — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (6)

1982-09-17 … Chicago, IL — Plitt’s Carnegie (4)

1982-09-17 … Cincinnati (Springdale), OH — Mid States’ Tri-County 5-plex (7)

1982-09-17 … Costa Mesa, CA — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (6)

1982-09-17 … Dallas, TX — General Cinema’s Northpark West Twin (5)

1982-09-17 … Denver, CO — Commonwealth’s Cooper Twin

1982-09-17 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Westmount Twin (6)

1982-09-17 … Honolulu, HI — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (4)

1982-09-17 … Indianapolis, IN — Y&W’s Eastwood (9)

1982-09-17 … Minneapolis, MN — Plitt’s Skyway 4-plex (5)

1982-09-17 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (6)

1982-09-17 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Elgin Twin (7)

1982-09-17 … Philadelphia, PA — SamEric’s SamEric Triplex (6)

1982-09-17 … Rochester (Greece), NY — Jo-Mor’s Stoneridge Plaza Twin (8)

1982-09-17 … San Diego (La Mesa), CA — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (7)

1982-09-17 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Alexandria Triplex (7)

1982-09-17 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex

1982-09-17 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Denman Place (13)

1982-09-17 … Washington, DC — Circle’s Uptown (4)

1982-09-17 … Winnipeg, MB — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin (6)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1982-09-24 … New York, NY — RKO Century’s Cinerama Twin (6)
1982-10-29 … Calgary, AB — Famous Players’ Chinook (1)
1982-10-29 … Winnipeg, MB — Towne 8-plex (3)
1982-11-05 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1982-11-05 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (1)
1982-11-10 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (1)
1982-11-19 … Scarborough, ON — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6-plex (1)
1982-11-19 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Eglinton (1)
1982-11-19 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (1)
1982-11-19 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (1)
1982-12-10 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (1)
1982-12-10 … Colorado Springs, CO — Commonwealth’s Ute 70 (1)

1983-01-13 … Burnaby, BC — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (3)
1983-02-02 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1983-03-11 … Atlanta, GA — Fox (1 day) [w/“Let’s Spend the Night Together”]
1983-04-11 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera
1983-04-15 … Colorado Springs, CO — UA’s Cinema 150 (midnight; 2 days)
1983-05-18 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera
1983-07-08 … National City, CA — Pacific’s Sweetwater 6-plex (1) [w/“Let’s Spend the Night Together”]
1983-10-08 … Richmond, VA — NTI’s Ridge 4-plex (midnight; semi regular)
1983-10-21 … Winnipeg, MB — Odeon’s Grant Park (1) [70mm fest]
1983-11-04 … Calgary, AB — Odeon’s Northill (2) [70mm fest]
1983-11-18 … Edmonton, AB — Odeon’s Meadowlark (1) [70mm fest]
1983-12-02 … Toronto, ON — Odeon’s Varsity Twin (1)
1983-12-09 … Vancouver, BC — Odeon’s Park (3)

1984-01-04 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1984-06-29 … Lansing, MI — UA’s Spartan Triplex (midnight; semi regular)
1984-08-17 … Chicago, IL — Center’s McClurg Court (1)

1985-02-20 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1985-05-31 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (1)
1985-08-02 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (1) [w/“Return to Oz”]

1986-10-10 … Parma, OH — General Cinema’s Parmatown 5-plex (midnight; semi regular)

1987-??-?? … Memphis, TN — Malco’s Winchester Court 8-plex (midnight; semi regular)

1988-01-13 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1989-03-22 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1991-03-27 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (3 days) [70mm fest]
1991-06-23 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon [Summer Nights series]

1992-07-18 … Ottawa, ON — Cinematheque Canada Museum [70mm Saturdays]
1992-12-26 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Caprice [midnight weekend screenings]

1993-06-18 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Caprice
1993-06-19 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex [Saturday Latenight Special]
1993-09-03 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Caprice (3 days)
1993-09-25 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex

1994-06-10 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Caprice (2 days)
1994-10-21 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Caprice (2 days)

1995-12-01 … Montreal, QC — Famous Players’ Imperial [w/“Baraka”]

1996-07-26 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 2 days)

1997-05-02 … Chicago, IL — Navy Pier IMAX (late night; 1)
1997-08-29 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 3 days)

1999-06-25 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 3 days)

2000-07-07 … Austin, TX — Paramount (2 days) [70mm fest]

2001-03-09 … Dayton, OH — Neon Movies (midnight)

2007-09-13 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm fest]
2007-10-13 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [70mm fest]

2008-12-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Laemmle’s Royal [Laemmle’s 70th Anniversary series]

2010-02-20 … Winston-Salem, NC — UNCSA Main [Big Screen series]
2010-04-21 … Champaign, IL — Virginia [EbertFest; faded 70mm print replaced with 35mm]

2016-04-10 … Winston-Salem, NC — UNCSA Main [Riverrun fest]
2016-09-14 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2016-09-16 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]

2017-08-19 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image (2 days) [70mm fest]

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Claude Ayakawa, Bill Kretzel, Ronald A. Lee, Monty Marin, John Stewart 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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