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The Original First-Week Engagements Of “Star Wars”
Original, first-week engagements of "Star Wars"

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Michael Coate (Copyright 2003) Date: May 25, 2003
The engagements on the list have been identified by market, or exchange as it is known in film distribution parlance. In some cases, the theatres are/were not located in the market city noted but, rather, in a suburb or neighboring city. For example, the Glenwood was located in the Kansas City, Missouri suburb of Overland Park, Kansas; the Rock Island Showcase Cinema was located in Milan, Illinois, a neighboring city of Rock Island and the so-called Quad-Cities; the Park (AKA the St. Louis Park) was in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park; the Americana was in Southfield rather than Detroit proper; the Showcase East in Pittsburgh was actually in Monroeville; and so on. Specific cities have been identified only in cases where a market had multiple engagements (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia).

"Dolby"/"70mm-Dolby" = format indications represent opening-week presentation type. Engagements on list without any designation are believed to have been monaural. Many theatres upgraded their projection and/or sound systems during the course of run and switched to a different type of presentation.

Opened Wednesday, May 25, 1977:

1)  Boston, MA: Charles 1-2-3 [Dolby]

2)  Cincinnati, OH: Showcase Springdale [Dolby]

3)  Denver, CO: Cooper [Dolby]

4)  Detroit, MI: Americana [Dolby]

5)  Indianapolis, IN: Eastwood [Dolby]

6)  Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood): Chinese [70mm-Dolby]

7)  Los Angeles, CA (Orange): City Center [70mm-Dolby]

8)  Los Angeles, CA (Westwood): Avco Center [70mm-Dolby]

9)  Louisville, KY: Showcase [Dolby]

10)  Minneapolis, MN: Park

11)  New York, NY (Hicksville): Twin South [70mm-Dolby]

12)  New York, NY (Manhattan): Astor Plaza [70mm-Dolby]

13)  New York, NY (Manhattan): Orpheum [70mm-Dolby]

14)  New York, NY (Menlo Park, NJ): Menlo Park

15)  New York, NY (Paramus, NJ): Triplex Paramus [70mm-Dolby]

16)  Philadelphia, PA: Eric's Place

17)  Philadelphia, PA (Claymont, DE): Twin Tri-State Mall

18)  Philadelphia, PA (Fairless Hills): Twin Fairless Hills  

19)  Philadelphia, PA (Pennsauken, NJ): Twin Pennsauken

20)  Philadelphia, PA (Trenton, NJ): Twin Lawrenceville

21)  Phoenix, AZ: Cine Capri

22)  Pittsburgh, PA: Showcase East [Dolby]

23)  Portland, OR: Westgate [Dolby]

24)  Rock Island, IL: Showcase [Dolby]

25)  Sacramento, CA: Century 25

26)  Salt Lake City, UT: Centre

27)  San Diego, CA: Valley Circle

28)  San Francisco, CA: Coronet [70mm-Dolby]

29)  San Jose, CA: Century 22

30)  Seattle, WA: Cinema 150 [Dolby]

31)  St. Paul, MN: Roseville 4 [Dolby]

32)  Washington, D.C.: Uptown [Dolby]
Further in 70mm reading:

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Opened Thursday, May 26, 1977:

33)  Kansas City, MO: Glenwood [Dolby]

Opened Friday, May 27, 1977:

34)  Chicago, IL: Esquire [Dolby]

35)  Chicago, IL (Calumet City): River Oaks

36)  Chicago, IL (Lombard): Yorktown

37)  Chicago, IL (Northbrook): Edens [Dolby]

38)  Dallas, TX: Northpark I & II

39)  Dayton, OH: Dayton Mall [Dolby]

40)  Des Moines, IA: River Hills [Dolby]

41)  Houston, TX: Galleria

42)  Omaha, NE: Cinema Center [Dolby]

43)  St. Louis, MO: CreveCoeurCiné [Dolby]
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