“The Last Starfighter”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 26.02.2020|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “The Last Starfighter” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture. |
“The Last Starfighter” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Lorimar presentation and Universal release — directed by Nick Castle and starring Lance Guest, Dan O’Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart and Robert Preston — opened July 13th.
For the release of “The Last Starfighter,” Universal employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.
The 70mm prints of “The Last Starfighter” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format) and full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm.
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Universal’s “All of Me,” “Cloak and Dagger,” “Dune” and “The Wild Life” circulated during the release of “The Last Starfighter” 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, seen during the presentations of “The Last Starfighter” 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.
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon (7)
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (4)
Los Angeles — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (2)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (5)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (5)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (4)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (10)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s MacArthur Triplex (4+)
Tucker — AMC’s Northlake Festival 8-plex (6)
Chicago — GCC’s Ford City 5-plex (4)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (5)
Metairie — Cobb’s Lakeside 4-plex (5)
Totowa — UA’s Cinema 46 Triplex (4)
Commack — Redstone’s Commack 10-plex (4+)
Nanuet — UA’s Route 59 (4)
New York — UA’s Gemini Twin (4)
New York — UA’s Rivoli Twin (5) [HPS-4000]
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 11-plex (4+)
Woodbury — UA’s Cinema 150 (4)
Ottawa — Cineplex Odeon’s Somerset (7)
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin (7)
Portland — LT’s Eastgate Triplex (5)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s SamEric Triplex (5)
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Alexis Nihon Plaza Triplex (4)
Houston — GCC’s Meyerland Plaza Triplex (5)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1984-08-10 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Royal (2)
1984-08-24 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Royal (1) [w/ “Star Trek III”]
1984-08-31 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (2)
1985-03-20 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1985-04-26 … Cleveland, OH — Colony
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel.
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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