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“Quest for Fire”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 03.12.2018
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Quest for Fire” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience the film.

“Quest for Fire” (aka “La Guerre du feu”) was among eighteen confirmed first-run films released in 1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Approximately one-hundred twenty-five 70mm prints of the film were reportedly struck for distribution in North America. The International Cinema Corporation production and 20th Century Fox release — directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Everett McGill, Rae Dawn Chong, Ron Perlman, and Nameer El-Kadi — opened in staggered, limited-market release beginning February 11th.

The 70mm prints of “Quest for Fire” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

Seventy-millimeter trailers for “Author! Author!” and “Megaforce” circulated during the release of “Quest for Fire” and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation. (Additional 70mm trailers from other distributors circulated during this period as well. Which trailers, if any, were seen during the “Quest for Fire” presentations varied by venue.)

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 might have been 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, non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse may have been true in some cases whereas a booking commenced 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.

1982-02-11 … Montreal, QC — United’s Imperial (17)

1982-02-12 … Costa Mesa, CA — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (14)
1982-02-12 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (7)
1982-02-12 … New York (Manhattan), NY — Reade’s Ziegfeld (5)
1982-02-12 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ University (16)

1982-03-05 … Berkeley, CA — Blumenfeld/Cinerama’s California Triplex (10)
1982-03-05 … Bloomington, MN — GCC’s Southtown Twin (11)
1982-03-05 … Calgary, AB — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (13)
1982-03-05 … Chicago, IL — Plitt’s Esquire (6)
1982-03-05 … Corte Madera, CA — Blumenfeld/Marin’s Cinema (6)
1982-03-05 … Dallas, TX — Loews’ Park Central 4-plex (8)
1982-03-05 … Denver, CO — Commonwealth’s Cooper Twin (10+)
1982-03-05 … East Hartford, CT — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (5)
1982-03-05 … Edison, NJ — GCC’s Menlo Park Twin (11)
1982-03-05 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Paramount (14)
1982-03-05 … Fort Worth, TX — Plitt’s Ridglea (8)
1982-03-05 … Honolulu, HI — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (6)
1982-03-05 … Levittown, NY — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex (10)
1982-03-05 … Minneapolis, MN — Plitt’s Skyway 4-plex (11)
1982-03-05 … New York (Brooklyn), NY — RKO Century’s Kingsway Triplex (7)
1982-03-05 … Omaha, NE — Commonwealth’s Indian Hills Twin (10)
1982-03-05 … Orange, CT — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex
1982-03-05 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Nelson (11)
1982-03-05 … Overland Park, KS — Dickinson’s Glenwood Twin (8)
1982-03-05 … Paramus, NJ — RKO Century’s Route Four 7-plex (10)
1982-03-05 … Pleasant Hill, CA — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (9)
1982-03-05 … Richmond Heights, MO — Mid-America’s Esquire 4-plex (7)
1982-03-05 … Riverdale, UT — Tullis-Hansen’s Cinedome 70 Twin (5)
1982-03-05 … Roseville, MN — GCC’s Har-Mar 11-plex (11)
1982-03-05 … Salt Lake City, UT — Plitt’s Centre (11)
1982-03-05 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Coronet (12)
1982-03-05 … Santa Clara, CA — UA’s Cinema 150 (16)
1982-03-05 … Seattle, WA — UA’s Cinema 150 (15)
1982-03-05 … Springfield, VA — GCC’s Springfield Mall 6-plex (4+)
1982-03-05 … Tacoma, WA — SRO’s Tacoma Mall Twin (7+)
1982-03-05 … Valley Stream, NY — Redstone’s Sunrise 9-plex (8)
1982-03-05 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Stanley (13)
1982-03-05 … Washington, DC — Circle’s Uptown (6)
1982-03-05 … Winnipeg, MB — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (11)
1982-03-05 … Yonkers, NY — GCC’s Central Plaza Twin (11)

1982-03-12 … Atlanta, GA — Plitt’s Phipps Plaza Triplex (9)
1982-03-12 … Beaverton, OR — Moyer’s Town Center Triplex (14)
1982-03-12 … Colorado Springs, CO — Commonwealth’s Ute 70 (11)
1982-03-12 … Metairie, LA — GCC’s Lakeside 5-plex (7)
1982-03-12 … Portland, OR — Moyer’s Bagdad Triplex (13)
1982-03-12 … Sacramento, CA — UA’s Arden Fair 6-plex (15)
1982-03-12 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama (9)

1982-03-19 … Allentown, PA — Sameric’s Eric Triplex (6)
1982-03-19 … Augusta, GA — Plitt’s National Hills (6)
1982-03-19 … Austin, TX — AMC’s Americana (7)
1982-03-19 … Bay Harbor Islands, FL — Loews’ Bay Harbor Twin (7)
1982-03-19 … Bloomfield Hills, MI — Redstone’s Showcase Pontiac 10-plex (6)
1982-03-19 … Boston, MA — Sack’s Charles Triplex (5)
1982-03-19 … Burton, MI — Redstone’s Showcase 6-plex
1982-03-19 … Cheektowaga, NY — AMC’s Holiday 6-plex
1982-03-19 … Chestnut Hill, MA — GCC’s Chestnut Hill 5-plex (6)
1982-03-19 … Colonie, NY — RKO Century’s Fox Colonie Twin (8)
1982-03-19 … Columbus, OH — Mid States’ Continent 7-plex (6)
1982-03-19 … Concordville, PA — Sameric’s Eric Twin (6)
1982-03-19 … Des Moines, IA — Dubinsky’s River Hills (8)
1982-03-19 … Eugene, OR — LT’s Cinema World 4-plex (8)
1982-03-19 … Feasterville, PA — Sameric’s Eric (6)
1982-03-19 … Florence, KY — Mid States’ Florence 6-plex (7)
1982-03-19 … Fort Lauderdale, FL — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex (5)
1982-03-19 … Fort Wayne, IN — MSM’s Holiday Twin
1982-03-19 … Halifax, NS — Famous Players’ Paramount
1982-03-19 … Hamilton, ON — Famous Players’ Tivoli
1982-03-19 … Harper Woods, MI — Suburban Detroit’s Eastland Twin (6)
1982-03-19 … Harrisburg, PA — Sameric’s Eric East Park Center Twin
1982-03-19 … Henrietta, NY — Loews’ Towne Triplex (9)
1982-03-19 … Houston, TX — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex
1982-03-19 … Kendall, FL — Wometco’s Dadeland Triplex (7)
1982-03-19 … King of Prussia, PA — Sameric’s Eric Plaza (6)
1982-03-19 … Knoxville, TN — Simpson’s Capri Triplex (5)
1982-03-19 … Las Vegas, NV — Plitt’s Parkway Triplex
1982-03-19 … Lawrence, MA — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (4)
1982-03-19 … Lawrenceville, NJ — Sameric’s Eric Twin (6)
1982-03-19 … Lincoln, NE — Commonwealth’s Cooper/Lincoln (6)
1982-03-19 … Little Rock, AR — UA’s Cinema 150 (6)
1982-03-19 … Livonia, MI — NGT’s Mai Kai (5)
1982-03-19 … London, ON — Famous Players’ Park
1982-03-19 … Louisville, KY — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (5)
1982-03-19 … Milwaukee, WI — UA’s Southgate (6)
1982-03-19 … Moline, IL — Redstone’s Parkway (7)
1982-03-19 … Monterey, CA — UA’s Cinema 70
1982-03-19 … Montgomeryville, PA — Sameric’s Eric Triplex (6)
1982-03-19 … Moorestown, NJ — Sameric’s Eric Plaza (7)
1982-03-19 … Nashville, TN — Martin’s Belle Meade (6)
1982-03-19 … New York (Manhattan), NY — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (6)
1982-03-19 … New York (Manhattan), NY — Loews’ New York Twin (6)
1982-03-19 … New York (Manhattan), NY — Loews’ Paramount (10)
1982-03-19 … Oklahoma City, OK — Commonwealth’s Quail Twin (7)
1982-03-19 … Palm Springs, CA — Metropolitan’s Camelot Triplex (5)
1982-03-19 … Philadelphia, PA — Sameric’s SamEric (7)
1982-03-19 … Richmond, VA — Neighborhood’s Willow Lawn (9)
1982-03-19 … Scottsdale, AZ — Nace’s Kachina (10)
1982-03-19 … Seekonk, MA — Redstone’s Showcase 6-plex
1982-03-19 … Southfield, MI — NGT’s Americana 4-plex (8+)
1982-03-19 … Southgate, MI — NGT’s Southgate Triplex (6)
1982-03-19 … Springdale, OH — Mid States’ Tri-County 7-plex (8)
1982-03-19 … Springfield, IL — Kerasotes’ Esquire 4-plex (6)
1982-03-19 … Stamford, CT — Trans-Lux’s Ridgeway (5)
1982-03-19 … Sterling Heights, MI — Redstone’s Showcase 10-plex (6)
1982-03-19 … Toledo, OH — Redstone’s Showcase 4-plex (6)
1982-03-19 … Towson, MD — Rappaport’s Hillendale Twin (6)
1982-03-19 … Troy, MI — UA’s The Movies at Oakland 5-plex (8+)
1982-03-19 … Tucson, AZ — TM’s El Con 6-plex (11)
1982-03-19 … Upper Darby, PA — Sameric’s Eric Pilgrim Gardens (7)
1982-03-19 … West Springfield, MA — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (5)
1982-03-19 … Whitehall, OH — Chakeres’ Cinema East (6)
1982-03-19 … Windsor, ON — Famous Players’ Centre (6)
1982-03-19 … Woodmere, OH — Loews’ Village (7)
1982-03-19 … Worcester, MA — Redstone’s Showcase 4-plex

1982-03-26 … Greensboro, NC — Plitt’s Terrace Triplex (5)
1982-03-26 … Greenville, SC — Fairlane-Litchfield’s Bijou 6-plex (4)
1982-03-26 … Raleigh, NC — Fairlane-Litchfield’s Mission Valley Twin

1982-04-02 … La Mirada, CA — Pacific’s La Mirada 6-plex (5)
1982-04-02 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — SRO’s Paramount (3)
1982-04-02 … Los Angeles (West Los Angeles), CA — Pacific’s Picwood (10)
1982-04-02 … Los Angeles (Woodland Hills), CA — UA’s Warner Center 6-plex (7)
1982-04-02 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (4)
1982-04-02 … Santa Barbara, CA — Metropolitan’s Granada Triplex (4)
1982-04-02 … Thousand Oaks, CA — UA’s Oaks 5-plex (5)

1982-04-09 … Dayton, OH — Chakeres’ Dayton Mall 8-plex (6)
1982-04-09 … DeWitt, NY — Carrols’ Shoppingtown Twin (4)
1982-04-09 … McCandless, PA — Redstone’s Showcase North 8-plex (5)
1982-04-09 … Monroeville, PA — Redstone’s Showcase East 6-plex (7)
1982-04-09 … Pittsburgh, PA — Cinemette’s Warner (4)
1982-04-09 … Robinson, PA — Redstone’s Showcase West 9-plex (5)

1982-04-16 … Scarborough, ON — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6-plex (7)
1982-04-16 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (7)

1982-04-23 … Bloomingdale, IL — Plitt’s Stratford Square 4-plex (3)
1982-04-23 … Calumet City, IL — Plitt’s River Oaks 6-plex (4)
1982-04-23 … Chicago, IL — GCC’s Ford City Triplex (4)
1982-04-23 … Hillside, IL — M&R’s Hillside Square 4-plex (4)
1982-04-23 … Lombard, IL — GCC’s Yorktown 4-plex (2)
1982-04-23 … Norridge, IL — M&R’s Norridge 4-plex (2)
1982-04-23 … Orland Park, IL — Plitt’s Orland Square 4-plex (3)
1982-04-23 … Skokie, IL — M&R’s Old Orchard Triplex (4)

1982-04-30 … Claymont, DE — Sameric’s Eric Tri-State Mall 4-plex (1)

1982-05-14 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s La Jolla Village 4-plex (3)
1982-05-14 … San Diego, CA — UA’s Glasshouse 6-plex (4)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1982-05-19 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (1)
1982-05-21 … Winnipeg, MB — Towne 8-plex (2) [w/ “Alien” Sat/Sun midnight]
1982-06-04 … Bensalem, PA — AMC’s Premiere Twin (1)
1982-06-04 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin (3)
1982-09-24 … Philadelphia, PA — RAM’s Parkwood Twin (1)
1982-10-01 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (1)
1982-10-15 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (1) [w/ “Poltergeist”]
1982-11-05 … Lynnwood, WA — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 5-plex (1) [w/ “The Thing”]

1983-01-17 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera
1983-03-09 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1983-05-13 … Montreal, QC — United’s Palace 6-plex (1) [w/ “Alien”]

1985-06-07 … New York, NY — Trans-Lux’s Gotham (1)
1985-06-14 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (1)

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Monty Marin, and Joe Odenthal, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who have assisted with the research for this project.

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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