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“The Rose”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“She gave… And gave… And gave. Until she had nothing left to give.”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 27.05.2018
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Rose” in the United States and Canada. These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience the film.

“The Rose” was among nine confirmed first-run films released in 1979 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Marvin Worth/Aaron Russo production and 20th Century-Fox release was directed by Mark Rydell and starred Bette Midler, Alan Bates and Frederic Forrest.

The 70mm prints of “The Rose” consisted of pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

The film’s world premiere was held November 6th at the Ziegfeld in New York. The west coast premiere was held November 7th at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles during FILMEX.

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.

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks)

1979-05-23 … Levittown, NY — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex (sneak preview)
1979-05-24 … Dallas, TX — Plitt’s Medallion (sneak preview)

1979-11-06 … New York, NY — Walter Reade’s Ziegfeld (14)
1979-11-07 … Edison, NJ — GCC’s Menlo Park Twin (14)
1979-11-07 … Levittown, NY — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex (14)
1979-11-07 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (FILMEX premiere)
1979-11-07 … Paramus, NJ — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Route Four 4-plex (14)
1979-11-08 … Los Angeles, CA — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (10)
1979-11-08 … Los Angeles, CA — UA’s Egyptian Triplex (19)
1979-11-08 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Twin (6)
1979-11-08 … Philadelphia, PA — Sameric’s SamEric (14)
1979-11-08 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Metro (14)
1979-11-08 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (12+)
1979-11-08 … Seattle, WA — UA’s Cinema 150 (14)
1979-11-09 … Boston, MA — Sack’s Charles Triplex (19)
1979-11-09 … Calumet City, IL — Plitt’s River Oaks 4-plex (10)
1979-11-09 … Chicago, IL — GCC’s Ford City Triplex (13)
1979-11-09 … Chicago, IL — Plitt’s Esquire (4)
1979-11-09 … Columbus, OH — Mid States’ Continent 4-plex (21)
1979-11-09 … Dallas, TX — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (6)
1979-11-09 … Houston, TX — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex (12+)
1979-11-09 … Kansas City, MO — AMC’s Midland/Empire 7-plex (14)
1979-11-09 … Louisville, KY — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (15)
1979-11-09 … Minneapolis, MN — Plitt’s Skyway 4-plex (14)
1979-11-09 … Portland, OR — LT’s Music Box (14)
1979-11-09 … Schaumburg, IL — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (12)
1979-11-09 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (14)
1979-11-21 … Orange, CA — Plitt’s City Center Twin (10) [70mm from Week #3]

1979-12-14 … Honolulu, HI — Consolidated’s Cinerama (13)
1979-12-21 … La Mesa, CA — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (9)
1979-12-21 … Phoenix, AZ — Plitt’s Cine Capri (10)
1979-12-21 … Salt Lake City, UT — Plitt’s Centre (10)

 
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SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

 
1980-02-15 … San Francisco, CA — Market Street (3)
1980-04-25 … Los Angeles, CA — SRO’s Paramount (1)
1980-08-26 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre/Ontario Film Theatre
1980-08-29 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre/Ontario Film Theatre
1980-11-14 … Cleveland, OH — CWRU’s Strosacker

1981-02-12 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days) [70mm fest]
1981-05-17 … Washington, DC — Circle’s Uptown (2 days) [70mm fest]
1981-05-29 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Sherman Oaks Galleria 4-plex (1) [w/ “The Jazz Singer”]

1982-03-03 … Salt Lake City, UT — Plitt’s Centre (2 days)
1982-03-12 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (1) [La Reserve]
1982-09-29 … Portland, OR — Moyer’s Bagdad Triplex (4 days) [70mm fest; w/ “Divine Madness”]

1983-05-20 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ University (4 days) [w/ “Fame”]
1983-05-27 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (1) [w/ “Fame”]
1983-06-10 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Nelson (1) [w/ “Fame”]

1986-02-21 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ University (1) [w/ “Sweet Charity”]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer and Vince Young.

International 70mm presentations of this title 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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