IN7OMM.COM
Search page
Deutsch | Language
7OMM e-News
Rumour Mill
Contact | Volunteers

WHAT'S ON IN 7OMM?
Todd-AO Festival
KRRR! 70mm Seminar
Oslo 7OMM Festival
Widescreen Weekend
7OMM Festival
 

7OMM FILM
"Around...in 80 Days"
"Dunkirk"
"Flying Clipper"
"The Hateful Eight"
"The Master"
"Oklahoma!"
"Scent of Mystery"
"2OO1"

IN LARGE FORMAT
Todd-AO
Ultra Panavision 70
Super Panavision 70
MCS 70
Dimension 150
DEFA 70
Sovscope 70
Technirama
IMAX
Showscan
Cinerama
Cinemiracle
70mm Blow-up

NEWS
• 2019 | 2018 | 2017
2016 | 2015 | 2014
2013 | 2012 | 2011
2010 | 2009 | 2008
2007 | 2006 | 2005
2004 | 2003 | 2002

LIBRARY
Interview & People
Cinemas
DP70 / Norelco AAII
70mm Projectors
Rama Galore
Cinerama Remaster
70mm Engagements
SENSURROUND
Stories
Remember
70mm in France

THE 7OMM NEWSLETTER
2005 | 2004 | 2002
2001 | 2000 | 1999
1998 | 1997 | 1996
1995 | 1994 | PDF
 

in70mm.com Mission:
• To record the history of the large format movies and the 70mm cinemas as remembered by the people who worked with the films. Both during making and during running the films in projection rooms and as the audience, looking at the curved screen.
in70mm.com, a unique internet based magazine, with articles about 70mm cinemas, 70mm people, 70mm films, 70mm sound, 70mm film credits, 70mm history and 70mm technology. Readers and fans of 70mm are always welcome to contribute.

Disclaimer | Updates
Support us
Testimonials
Table of Content
 

eXTReMe Tracker
Extracts and longer parts of in70mm.com may be reprinted with the written permission from the editor.
Copyright © 1800 - 2070. All rights reserved.

Visit biografmuseet.dk about Danish cinemas

 

“WarGames”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“David’s father bought him a home computer. He’s used it to change his high school grades. Now, he’s found a new game to play.”

Read more at
in70mm.com
The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 26.10.2019
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “WarGames” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“WarGames” was among thirteen confirmed first-run films released in 1983 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Approximately two-dozen 70mm prints were struck for distribution in North America and represented about three percent of the film’s total initial print run. The MGM/UA release — directed by John Badham and starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood and Ally Sheedy — opened June 3rd.

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

Seventy-millimeter trailers for MGM/UA’s “Brainstorm,” “Hercules,” “Revenge of the Ninja,” “Strange Brew” and “Yentl” circulated during the release of “WarGames” 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 “WarGames” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the applicable 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.

Advance Screenings…

1983-04-23 … Phoenix, AZ — Mann’s Chris-Town 5-plex (sneak preview)
1983-05-06 … Los Angeles, CA — GCC’s Avco Triplex (sneak preview)
1983-05-07 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Bruin (sneak preview)
1983-05-13 … New York, NY — Reade’s Ziegfeld (sneak preview)
1983-06-02 … Los Angeles, CA — SRO’s Metro (U.S. premiere)

Released Friday, June 3rd, 1983…

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (18)

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (9)
Los Angeles — SRO’s Metro (18)
San Diego — Pacific’s Cinerama (17)
San Francisco — Blumenfled’s Regency III (16)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (17)
Temple City — Edwards’ Temple 4-plex (8) [70mm from Week 3]

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s Cinema (16)

GEORGIA
Atlanta — Columbia (7)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (9)

MARYLAND
Catonsville — Einbinder & Brehm’s Westview 6-plex (10)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex (9)

NEW JERSEY
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route 17 Twin (10)

NEW YORK
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex (9) [renovated to 6-plex during run]
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (8)
New York — RKO Century’s Warner Twin (8)
Valley Stream — RKO Century’s Green Acres (12)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (17)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Sam’s Place Twin (#1: 15)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Sam’s Place Twin (#2: 3)

TEXAS
Austin — AMC’s Americana (11)
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (17)

WASHINGTON
Seattle — SRO’s Cinerama (12)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1983-07-29 … Temple City, CA — Edwards’ Temple 4-plex (3) [w/ “Superman III”]
1983-08-19 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1983-08-19 … Temple City, CA — Edwards’ Temple 4-plex (6) [w/ “Staying Alive”]
1983-08-26 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Twin (3) [w/ “Staying Alive”]
1983-08-26 … Tukwila, WA — SRO’s Southcenter (8)
1983-09-02 … Atlanta, GA — Columbia (2)
1983-09-16 … Montclair, CA — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (7) [w/ “Superman III”]
1983-09-16 … Northbrook, IL — Center’s Edens Twin (1)
1983-09-30 … National City, CA — Pacific’s Sweetwater 6-plex (11)
1983-09-30 … San Diego, CA — UA’s Glasshouse 6-plex (5)
1983-09-?? … Norfolk, VA — Naro (?)
1983-10-28 … Seattle, WA — Seven Gables’ Crest 4-plex (4)
1983-11-04 … Montclair, CA — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (1) [w/ “Star Trek II”]
1983-11-04 … Riverside, CA — Sanborn’s Canyon Crest 9-plex (5) [w/ “Superman III”]
1983-11-11 … Montclair, CA — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (1) [w/ “Staying Alive”]

1984-02-02 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (1)
1984-02-29 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1984-05-09 … Seattle, WA — SRO’s Cinerama (1) [w/ “Rocky III”]

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.
 
More in 70mm reading:

70mm Engagements

70mm Blow Up List

Dolby Stereo

Internet link:

 
  
Go: back - top - back issues - news index
Updated 26-10-19