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"Tron": A 30-Year Look Back And The Original 70mm Engagements
“It all happens inside a computer.”

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Written by: Michael CoateDate: 09.07.2012 + 23.03.2018
On 9 July 1982, thirty years ago today, Walt Disney’s “Tron” was released in about 1,100 cinemas in the United States and Canada. The groundbreaking though unsuccessful film was a visual and aural delight and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Sound and Costume Design. More amazing than the film’s amazing visual effects is trying to figure out why the film was not nominated for a Visual Effects Oscar!

Of note to large-format film enthusiasts is that “Tron” was produced in a mixture of 5/65 and 8/35 formats. Disney struck about forty high-quality 70-millimeter prints for distribution in North America, and a list of the venues in which the 70mm six-track version were booked is provided below. Some may find it surprising the number of cinemas in major markets denied an opportunity to showcase “Tron” in the best presentation manner available at the time because most of the 70mm-equipped cinemas were showcasing other 70mm product that beat “Tron” to market (“E.T.”, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, “Annie”, etc.). Cinemas in some major cities absent from the list of initial 70mm bookings did, however, screen a 70mm print in the autumn of 1982 and/or spring of 1983 when Disney re-issued the film with the hope it might find an audience during a less-crowded moviegoing season.

So do I think “Tron” is a good movie? After 30 years I still can’t decide! One thing is certain: the film was ahead of its time due to the innovative use of computer graphics. Its influence can be observed in countless movies, television programs and video games. I think anyone working in the film, computer and video-game industries owes a debt of gratitude to “Tron” and its talented production crew.

“Tron” memories… As a teenager, I saw “Tron” in the summer of ’82 at the Barstow Twin in Barstow, California. I had looked forward to seeing it thanks to the arcade game and articles in magazines such as Starlog, but upon seeing it I recall having a difficult time keeping the characters straight or understanding the computer terminology and thinking the movie was not as enjoyable as the arcade game. What I remember most was on the way out of the cinema, enthusiastically spotting the one-sheet for that summer’s re-issue of my then-favorite movie, “Star Wars”, which included a banner in the corner of the poster promising the first glimpse of footage, in the form of a coming attractions trailer, for "Return of the Jedi" (then known as “Revenge of the Jedi”), due for release the following year. I would see “Star Wars” several (more) times during that summer re-issue, and “Tron” was quickly forgotten.

Over the years, though, thanks to the fantastic Special Edition LaserDisc (and subsequent DVD and Blu-ray) and the new 70mm print struck in 1999 that made the rounds, I’ve come to appreciate “Tron” and think it deserves some recognition on the 30th anniversary of its release.
 
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The North American 70mm Engagements

 
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Tron” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery sourced from Super Panavision and VistaVision. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo.

“Tron” was among eighteen confirmed first-run films released in 1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Lisberger-Kushner production and Buena Vista release — directed by Steven Lisberger and starring Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan and Barnard Hughes — opened July 9th.

The world premiere of “Tron” was held July 6th at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. As well, an invitational preview was held July 8th at the State in New York.

A trailer for “Tex” and an EPCOT promo circulated with the “Tron” prints and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.

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 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’ Chinook (10)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin (10)

ARIZONA
Tucson — TM’s El Con 6-plex (12)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Denman Place (10)

CALIFORNIA
El Cajon — UA’s Parkway Plaza Triplex (4)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (3)
Montclair — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (12)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (11)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (12+)
San Diego — Pacific’s La Jolla Village 4-plex (6)
San Diego — UA’s Glasshouse 6-plex (19)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (11)

ILLINOIS
Bloomingdale — Plitt’s Stratford Square 4-plex (5)
Chicago — Center’s McClurg Court (5)
Chicago Ridge — Chicago Ridge Mall Triplex (6)
Hillside — M&R’s Hillside Square 4-plex (2)
Northbrook — Center’s Edens Twin (5)

LOUISIANA
Gretna — Cobb’s Westside Twin (7)

MARYLAND
Catonsville — Einbinder & Brehm’s Westview 6-plex (6)

MICHIGAN
Grosse Pointe Woods — NGT’s Woods Twin (4)
Livonia — Suburban Detroit’s Terrace Twin (4)
Southfield — Suburban Detroit’s Northland Twin (3)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex
Reno — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (5)

NEW JERSEY
Cedar Grove — Cinema 23 (5)
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route Four 7-plex (5)

NEW YORK
New York — Loews’ State Twin (5)
White Plains — UA’s Cinema (5)
Woodbury — UA’s Cinema 150 (6)

OHIO
Springdale — Mid States’ Tri-County 5-plex (7)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (11)

OREGON
Portland — Moyer’s Bagdad Triplex (9)
Portland — Moyer’s Rose Moyer 6-plex (23) [w/“Star Trek II” from Week #6]

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Warner (3)

TEXAS
Dallas — Inwood Twin (6)
San Antonio — Santikos’ Northwest 10-plex

WISCONSIN
Greenfield — Marcus’ Spring Mall Triplex
 
 

ADDITIONAL / SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

 
1982-07-16 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Village (4)
1982-07-22 … Ste-Foy, QC — Cinemas Unis’ Canadien (8)
1982-07-23 … Montreal, QC — United’s Claremont (11)
1982-07-23 … Philadelphia, PA — Budco’s Regency Twin (5)
1982-07-30 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Vogue (2)
1982-07-30 … Winnipeg, MB — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (9)
1982-08-13 … Detroit, MI — Madison (1)
1982-08-13 … Honolulu, HI — Royal’s Royal (4)
1982-08-13 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (9)
1982-08-20 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (2)
1982-09-01 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (2)
1982-09-03 … Chicago, IL — Center’s McClurg Court (1)
1982-09-03 … Cleveland, OH — Variety (2)
1982-09-03 … Northbrook, IL — Center’s Edens Twin (1)
1982-09-17 … Burnaby, BC — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (2)
1982-09-17 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Garneau (1)
1982-10-08 … Boston, MA — Sack’s Charles Triplex (2)
1982-10-08 … Henrietta, NY — Loews’ Towne Twin (4)
1982-10-08 … Towson, MD — Rappaport’s Hillendale Twin (1)
1982-10-15 … Cincinnati, OH — Mid States’ Carousel Twin (3)
1982-10-15 … Portland, OR — Luxury Theatres’ Music Box (3)
1982-10-15 … Salt Lake City, UT — Plitt’s Regency (3)
1982-10-15 … San Francisco, CA — Plitt’s Northpoint (1)
1982-10-15 … Spokane, WA — SRO’s Lincoln Heights Triplex (2)
1982-10-15 … Springfield, IL — Kerasotes’ Esquire 4-plex (1)
1982-10-15 … Washington, DC — Circle’s Uptown (2)
1982-10-22 … Atlanta, GA — Plitt’s Phipps Plaza Triplex (4)
1982-10-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Hollywood (1)
1982-10-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s National (1)
1982-10-22 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (3) [w/“Capricorn One”]
1982-10-29 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Hollywood (1) [w/“Superman II”]
1982-11-05 … Bensalem, PA — AMC’s Premiere Twin (1)
1982-11-05 … Brooklyn Center, MN — Plitt’s Brookdale (2)
1982-11-05 … Lincoln, NE — Commonwealth’s Cooper/Lincoln (1)
1982-11-05 … Montreal, QC — Odeon’s Place du Canada (1)
1982-11-19 … Tucson, AZ — Plitt’s El Dorado Twin (2)
1982-11-24 … Colorado Springs, CO — Commonwealth’s Ute 70 (2)
1982-11-24 … Seattle, WA — SRO’s Music Box (2)
1982-11-26 … Lynnwood, WA — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 5-plex (3)
1982-12-10 … Indianapolis, IN — Y&W’s Eastwood (1) [w/“The Jazz Singer”]
1982-12-17 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Valley West 6-plex (1)

1983-01-28 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s City Center Twin (1) [w/“Star Trek II”]
1983-03-02 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1983-04-15 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (1)
1983-05-13 … Dearborn, MI — UA’s The Movies at Fairlane 10-plex (2)
1983-05-13 … Troy, MI — UA’s The Movies at Oakland 5-plex (2)
1983-05-20 … Livonia, MI — NGT’s Mai Kai (1)
1983-05-20 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama (1)
1983-05-20 … Southfield, MI — NGT’s Americana 4-plex (1)
1983-05-20 … Southgate, MI — NGT’s Southgate Triplex (1)
1983-07-15 … Montreal, QC — Odeon’s Champlain Twin (5) [Version Francaise]
1983-09-23 … Montreal, QC — United’s Claremont (1)
1983-10-21 … Edmonton, AB — Odeon’s Meadowlark (1) [70mm fest]
1983-11-04 … Winnipeg, MB — Odeon’s Grant Park (1) [70mm fest]
1983-11-25 … Calgary, AB — Odeon’s Northill (1) [70mm fest]
1983-12-21 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days) [70mm fest]

1984-03-04 … Cleveland, OH — Variety
1984-05-11 … Toronto, ON — Odeon’s Hyland Twin (1)
1984-05-11 … Vancouver, BC — Odeon’s Park (2)

1985-09-06 … Cleveland, OH — Colony [fest; midnight]

1999-05-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s El Capitan (1) [THX] [new print]
1999-10-23 … Long Beach, CA — CSULB’s Carpenter Center [Wide Screen fest]

2004-05-06 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s El Capitan (2) [THX]
2004-06-06 … Los Angeles, CA — Directors Guild

2006-06-07 … Beverly Hills, CA — AMPAS’ Samuel Goldwyn [Movie Magic series]
2006-08-19 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [midnight]

2007-06-17 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [w/“Star Trek II”]
2007-08-24 … Austin, TX — Paramount (2 days) [70mm fest]

2008-02-24 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2008-02-26 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2008-03-02 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2008-03-04 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2008-07-04 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm fest]

2011-03-05 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero
2011-06-04 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm fest]
2011-07-01 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [Blu-ray substitution]
2011-07-01 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver (4 days) [70mm fest]
2011-10-09 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]

2012-03-17 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian
2012-04-28 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [sci-fi fest]
2012-08-31 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver (4 days) [70mm fest]
2012-12-29 … New York, NY — Film Society Lincoln Center (2 days)

2014-06-08 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero
2014-07-19 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm fest]

2015-03-17 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox
2015-03-18 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox [replaced damaged “The Black Hole”]
2015-04-03 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox (2 days)
2015-08-14 … New York, NY — MOMI’s Sumner M. Redstone (3 days) [70mm fest]
2015-08-28 … Columbus, OH — Wexner Center for the Arts (2 days)

2016-06-11 … Tucson, AZ — The Loft (2 days)
2016-09-09 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2016-09-18 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm fest]

2017-04-07 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm series]
2017-06-16 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [70mm series]
2017-06-24 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [70mm series]
2017-08-19 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm series]
2017-09-01 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Don Beelik, William Kallay, Steve Kraus, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Stan Malone, Monty Marin, John Stewart and Sean Weitzel, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with 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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