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“Poltergeist”: The 70mm Engagements
“It knows what scares you.”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 09.06.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Poltergeist” 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).

“Poltergeist” was among eighteen first-run films released in 1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Steven Spielberg production and MGM/UA release — directed by Tobe Hooper and starring Jobeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson and Beatrice Straight — opened June 4th.

Prior to release there was a sneak preview screening on May 21st at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles and invitational previews on May 21st at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills, May 26th at the MGM Studios in Culver City and June 3rd at the Cinerama in New York. The film’s official premiere was held June 3rd at the Egyptian in Seattle as a part of the Seattle Film Festival.

A trailer for “My Favorite Year” was suggested by MGM/UA to be played with the “Poltergeist” presentations.

The duration of the engagements, measured in weeks, has been included in parenthesis following the cinema name of some entries.

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

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (15)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Westmount Twin (15)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (17)

CALIFORNIA
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (7)
Los Angeles (Century City) — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (10)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — SRO’s Paramount (7)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Capitol Twin
San Diego — Mann’s Valley Circle (27)
San Francisco — Plitt’s Northpoint (7)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin

DELAWARE
Claymont — SamEric’s Eric Tri-State Mall 4-plex (12)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Embassy Circle (10)

ILLINOIS
Chicago — Center’s McClurg Court (5)
Chicago — Plitt’s State Lake (5)
Northbrook — Center’s Edens Twin (6)

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

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin (15)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cinema 57 Twin (11)

NEW JERSEY
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route 17 Twin (10)
Pennsauken — SamEric’s Eric Triplex (15)
Totowa — UA’s Cinema 46 Triplex (6)

NEW YORK
Greece — Jo-Mor’s Stoneridge Twin (13)
New York — RKO Century’s Cinerama Twin (9)
Valley Stream — RKO Century’s Green Acres (11)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (18) [“La Reserve”]
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (24)

OREGON
Portland — Luxury Theatres’ Fox (27)

PENNSYLVANIA
Feasterville — SamEric’s Eric Twin (11)
King of Prussia — SamEric’s Eric King Twin (11)
Philadelphia — SamEric’s Eric’s Place (15)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s York (10)

TEXAS
Dallas — Loews’ Park Central 4-plex (9)
Houston — Loews’ Southpoint 5-plex

WASHINGTON
Seattle — SRO’s Town (10)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1982-07-23 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III
1982-07-30 … Tukwila, WA — SRO’s Southcenter (7) [70mm from Week #3]
1982-09-17 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin
1982-09-17 … Philadelphia, PA — SamEric’s Sam’s Place Twin (2)
1982-09-17 … Seattle, WA — SRO’s Town (1)
1982-09-24 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1982-09-24 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (3) [w/“Alien”]
1982-10-01 … Burnaby, BC — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (11)
1982-10-01 … Philadelphia, PA — SamEric’s Eric’s Place (3) [w/“Star Trek II”]
1982-10-08 … Des Moines, IA — Dubinsky’s River Hills (2)
1982-10-08 … Scarborough, ON — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6-plex (6)
1982-10-08 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (6)
1982-10-08 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (6)
1982-10-15 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (1) [w/“Quest for Fire”]
1982-10-29 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (1)
1982-10-29 … Pasadena, CA — SRO’s Hastings (1)
1982-10-29 … San Francisco, CA — Syufy’s Cinema 21
1982-11-05 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (1) [w/“Star Trek II”]
1982-11-12 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (1)
1982-11-12 … Los Angeles (Westwood), CA — SRO’s Crest (1)
1982-??-?? … Atlanta, GA — Columbia

1983-05-13 … Chicago, IL — Center’s McClurg Court (1)
1983-05-13 … New York, NY — RKO Century’s National Twin (1)
1983-05-13 … Northbrook, IL — Center’s Edens Twin (1)
1983-05-20 … Calgary, AB — Famous Players’ Chinook (1)
1983-05-20 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin (1)
1983-05-20 … Montreal, QC — United’s York (1)
1983-05-20 … North York, ON — Famous Players’ Towne & Countrye Twin (1)
1983-05-20 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Nelson (1)
1983-05-20 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Stanley (1)
1983-05-20 … Winnipeg, MB — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (1)
1983-11-18 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (2 days) [w/“Altered States”]
1983-11-25 … Edmonton, AB — Odeon’s Meadowlark (1) [70mm fest]

1984-03-07 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere* (5 days)

2017-06-17 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian**
2017-06-22 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian**

* Screened during the (annual) 70mm 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 Don Beelik, Bill Kretzel, Stan Malone, Monty Marin and J. Thomas.

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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