“The Dark Crystal”: The 70mm Engagements
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following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “The Dark Crystal” 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.
“The Dark Crystal” was among eighteen confirmed first-run films released in
1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The ITC Entertainment
production and Associated Film/Universal release was directed by Jim Henson
and Frank Oz and opened December 17th.
The film’s world premiere was held December 13th at the Astor Plaza in New
York, and the west coast premiere was held December 14th at the Samuel
Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.
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.
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (9)
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (8)
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Picwood (7)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Capitol Twin (12)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (6)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s MacArthur Triplex (8)
Atlanta — Columbia (5)
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Cinerama (8)
Hillside — M&R’s Hillside Square 4-plex (7)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 4-plex (6)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (7)
Southfield — Nicholas George’s Americana 4-plex (7)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (8)
Ottawa — Odeon’s Somerset (6)
Toronto — Odeon’s Varsity Twin (6)
Philadelphia — Budco’s Regency Twin (6)
Dallas — Loews’ Park Central 4-plex (8)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1983-01-28 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Royal (1)
1983-02-11 … Cleveland, OH — Variety (1)
1983-02-11 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (1)
1983-03-25 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1) [w/“1941”]
1983-10-21 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (1)
2017-06-15 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [70m series]
2017-06-23 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [70mm
2017-08-12 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm series]
2017-08-19 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image (2 days) [70mm
2017-08-31 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2017-09-22 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm & Widescreen fest]
2017-09-24 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm & Widescreen fest]
This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade
publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel
and J. Odenthal.
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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