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“Superman II”: The 70mm Engagements
“The adventure continues.”

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The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 16.05.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Superman II” in North America. These were full-frame prints blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format with a slit-surround playback option).

“Superman II” was among eight first-run films released in 1981 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Alexander Salkind production and Warner Bros. release was directed by Richard Donner (uncredited) and Richard Lester and starred Gene Hackman and Christopher Reeve.

“Superman II” opened in late 1980 and early 1981 in several countries throughout the world. The North American premiere was held May 31st, 1981, at the Uptown in Washington, DC. The public release in North America commenced June 19th.

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

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.

CALIFORNIA
Bakersfield — UA’s Movies 6-plex (24 weeks) [70mm from Week #21]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (#1: 9) [Megasound]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (#2: 2) [Megasound]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (9) [Megasound]
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (9) [70mm from Week #3]
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (13) [70mm from Week #5]
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (#1)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (#2)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (15)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (9)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cinema 57 Twin (10)

NEW JERSEY
Totowa — UA’s Cinema 46 Triplex (6)

NEW YORK
New York — Cinema 5’s Murray Hill (14)
New York — RKO Century’s Cinerama Twin (14)

VIRGINIA
Springfield — General Cinema’s Springfield Mall 6-plex (14)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1981-08-21 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Vogue (1)
1981-09-04 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (4)
1981-10-23 … Salt Lake City, UT — Plitt’s Crossroads Triplex (2)
1981-11-25 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)

1982-02-10 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1982-03-29 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera
1982-10-08 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (2)
1982-10-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (2)
1982-10-22 … Pasadena, CA — SRO’s Hastings (1)
1982-10-22 … Tucson, AZ — Plitt’s Foothills 4-plex (1)
1982-10-29 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Hollywood (1) [w/“Tron”]
1982-10-29 … Philadelphia, PA — Budco’s Regency Twin (1)
1982-10-29 … Seattle, WA — SRO’s Music Box (2) [w/“Firefox”]
1982-11-12 … Lynnwood, WA — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 5-plex (4) [w/“Firefox”]

1983-01-26 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

The information in this article has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion and Dolby Labs’ records, with thanks to Bill Kretzel, Paul Linfesty 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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