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“Capricorn One”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Would you be shocked to find out that the greatest moment in our recent history may not have happened at all?”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 01.03.2019
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Capricorn One” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Capricorn One” was among nine confirmed first-run films released in 1978 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The ITC/Warner Bros. release — directed by Peter Hyams and starring Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, and Hal Holbrook — opened June 2nd.

The 70mm prints of “Capricorn One” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and six-track stereophonic sound (non-Dolby).

Seventy-millimeter trailers for “Hooper”, “Superman” and “The Swarm” circulated during the release of “Capricorn One” and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation. (Additional 70mm trailers from other studios circulated during this period as well. Which trailers, if any, were seen during the presentations of “Capricorn One” varied by venue and screening.)

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included 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 week(s) of engagement because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex or due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print. 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, any 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

70MM SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENINGS….

1977-11-12 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s National
1977-11-18 … New York, NY — Loews’ Orpheum
1978-04-28 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Village
1978-04-28 … New York, NY — Loews’ Astor Plaza
1978-05-05 … San Francisco, CA — Plitt’s Northpoint
1978-05-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s National
1978-05-19 … New York, NY — Loews’ Astor Plaza
1978-05-19 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Coronet

RELEASED FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd, 1978….

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (6)
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (7)
San Francisco — Plitt’s Northpoint (7)

COLORADO
Denver — Mann’s Century 21 (4+)

NEBRASKA
Omaha — Cooper-Highland’s Indian Hills Twin (7)

NEW YORK
New York — UA’s Rivoli (4)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — Milgram’s Fox (5)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS….

1979-04-06 … Cincinnati, OH — Mid States’ Carousel Twin (2)
1979-04-25 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (1)

1982-10-22 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (3) [w/ “Tron”]

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Monty Marin.

International 70mm engagements 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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