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“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” — The 70mm Engagements
“At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 21.09.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” 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). These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.

“Star Trek II” was among eighteen confirmed first-run films released in 1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Paramount release — directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Ricardo Montalban — opened June 4th.

Sixty-eight 70mm prints of the film were reportedly struck for distribution in North America (and several more for international). The duration of these 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 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.

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palace (17)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount

ARIZONA
Phoenix — Mann’s Chris-Town 5-plex (6)

ARKANSAS
Little Rock — UA’s Cinema 150 (8)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (13)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (13)

CALIFORNIA
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (3)
Fremont — Syufy’s Cinedome East 7-plex [70mm from Week #2]
La Mirada — Pacific’s La Mirada 6-plex (8)
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (10)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5)
Los Angeles — Mann’s National (8)
Modesto — Redwood’s Briggsmore 7-plex
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (6)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (8)
Riverside — Sanborn’s Canyon Crest 5-plex (8)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (8) [70mm from Week #4]
San Diego — Pacific’s Cinerama (8)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (6)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (1)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (#1: 3)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (#2: 3)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s MacArthur (6)

FLORIDA
Coral Gables — Wometco’s Miracle Twin (7)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Royal’s Royal (10)

ILLINOIS
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 6-plex (#1: 7)
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 6-plex (#2: 1)
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (3)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (#1: 8)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (#2: 1)

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

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (8)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cinema 57 Twin (8)

MICHIGAN
Southfield — Suburban Detroit’s Northland Twin (7)

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

NEBRASKA
Omaha — Commonwealth’s Indian Hills Twin (8)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (#1)
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (#2)

NEW JERSEY
Moorestown — SamEric’s Eric Plaza (11)
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route Four 7-plex (7)

NEW YORK
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex
New York — Loews’ Orpheum Twin
New York — Loews’ State Twin
Pittsford — Loews’ Pittsford Triplex (16)
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 8-plex

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax — Famous Players’ Scotia Square

OHIO
Springdale — Mid States’ Tri-County 5-plex (12)

ONTARIO
Hamilton — Famous Players’ Tivoli
London — Famous Players’ Park
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Nelson (12)
Scarborough — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6-plex (14)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (14)
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (14)

OREGON
Beaverton — Luxury Theatres’ Westgate Triplex (7)
Portland — Moyer’s Rose Moyer 6-plex (45) [w/“Tron” during weeks 11-28]

PENNSYLVANIA
Fairless Hills — SamEric’s Eric Twin (6)
King of Prussia — SamEric Eric Plaza (8)
Montgomeryville — SamEric’s Eric Triplex (11)
Philadelphia — SamEric’s Mark I (14)
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Warner (5)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s Imperial (17)

TENNESSEE
Nashville — Martin’s Belle Meade (8)

TEXAS
Dallas — UA’s Prestonwood Creek 5-plex (16)

UTAH
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Centre (17)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s John Danz (8)
Lynnwood — SRO’s Grand Cinemas Alderwood 5-plex (12)
Spokane — SRO’s Lincoln Heights Triplex (18)
Tacoma — SRO’s Tacoma Mall Twin
Tukwila — SRO’s Lewis & Clark Triplex (8)

WISCONSIN
Fox Point — Capitol’s Brown Port
 
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SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1982-06-25 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin
1982-07-09 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Vogue (3)
1982-07-16 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (2)
1982-07-23 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy I
1982-07-30 … Atlanta, GA — Columbia (3)
1982-07-30 … El Cajon, CA — UA’s Parkway Plaza Triplex (8)
1982-07-30 … Los Angeles, CA — SRO’s Crest (1)
1982-07-30 … San Diego, CA — UA’s Glasshouse 6-plex (12)
1982-07-30 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Royal (1)
1982-08-06 … Winnipeg, MB — Towne 8-plex (5)
1982-09-03 … Torrance, CA — UA’s Del Amo 6-plex (4)
1982-09-10 … Lakewood, CA — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (2) [w/“Star Wars”]
1982-09-03 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (3) [w/“Dragonslayer”]
1982-09-10 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (1)
1982-09-24 … Des Moines, IA — Dubinsky’s River Hills (1)
1982-09-24 … San Francisco, CA — Regency III (1) [w/“Star Trek: The Motion Picture”]
1982-10-01 … Philadelphia, PA — SamEric’s Eric’s Place (3) [w/”Poltergeist”]
1982-10-08 … Minnetonka, MN — Plitt’s Ridge Square Triplex (2)
1982-11-05 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (1) [w/“Poltergeist”]
1982-11-19 … Montreal, QC — Odeon’s Cote-des-Neiges Twin (1)
1982-12-17 … Montreal, QC — United’s Imperial (5) [Version Francaise]
1982-12-26 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (matinee)

1983-01-28 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s City Center Twin (1) [w/“Tron”]
1983-02-09 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1983-02-11 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera (2 days)
1983-11-04 … Montclair, CA — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (1) [w/“WarGames”]

1984-01-25 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1984-07-20 … Cleveland, OH — Colony [w/“Star Trek III”]

1985-05-10 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (2 days) [w/“Star Trek III”]

1987-02-25 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest; w/“Star Trek III”]
1987-08-08 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera

1992-03-16 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (4 days) [70mm fest]
1992-10-17 … Los Angeles, CA — AMC’s Century 14-plex [retro fest]
1992-10-21 … Los Angeles, CA — AMC’s Century 14-plex [retro fest]

1994-05-27 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (2 days) [“Star Trek” 70mm fest]
1994-07-08 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (2 days) [“Star Trek” 70mm fest]

1996-11-22 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s Navy Pier IMAX (1) [late night]
1996-11-29 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 2 days)

2008-12-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Lammle’s Royal [Laemmle 70th fest; w/“Alien”]

2010-06-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Lammle’s Royal [“Star Trek” fest]

2016-03-19 … Columbus, OH — Gateway Film Center 8-plex
2016-12-26 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox
2016-12-28 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Scott Clark, Bobby Henderson, Bill Kretzel, Ronald A. Lee, Mark Lensenmayer, Monty Marin, J. Odenthal and Enrique Valdivia, and the librarians who helped with the research for this project.

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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