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ORIGINAL 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
By Mike Coate
The following are lists of the 70mm first-run engagements of a hand full of film titles in North America:
“2010” 

“Absolute Beginners”
“The Abyss”
“Air America”
“Aliens”
“Alien 3” 
“Altered States”
“Amadeus”
“American Flyers”
“Annie”

“The Bear”
“Back to the Future Part II”
“Back to the Future Part III” 
“Big Trouble in Little China”
“The Black Cauldron”
“The Black Hole”
“Black Rain”
“Blue Thunder”
“The Big Blue”
“Bring on the Night”

“Can-Can”
“Can’t Stop the Music”
“Casualties of War”
“Capricorn One”
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”
“Cobra”
“Cocoon”
“The Color of Money”
“The Cotton Club” 
“The Cowboys”
“Custer of the West”

“The Dark Crystal”
“Days of Thunder”
“Deliverance”
“Dick Tracy”
“Divine Madness”
“The Dirty Dozen”
“Doctor Dolittle”
“Dune” 

“The Emerald Forest”
“The Entity”
“E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial”
“Explorers”

“Fame”
“Fantasia”
“Far and Away”
“Flatliners”

“Gandhi”
“The Godfather Part III”
“The Goonies”
“Grand Prix”
“Grease” and “Grease 2”
“The Great Race”

“Hamlet”
“Hanover Street”
“Hoffa”
“The Hunt for Red October” 

“Krull”

“Ladyhawke”
“The Last of the Mohicans” 
“The Last Starfighter” 
“The Last Valley”
“Lawrence of Arabia"
“Let’s Spend the Night Together”
“Lifeforce”
“The Lost Boys”
“L’Ours”

“Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”
“The Manitou”
“Memphis Belle”
“The Mission”
“The Money Pit”
“The Muppet Movie”

“Never Say Never Again”
“1941”
“Nutcracker”

“One from the Heart”
“Outland”
“Out of Africa”
“Over the Top”

“Pink Floyd: The Wall”
“Poltergeist”
“The Poseidon Adventure”
“Predator”

“Quest for Fire”

“Rambo: First Blood Part II”
“The Razor’s Edge” 
“Return to Oz”
“The Right Stuff”
“The River”
“The Road Warrior”
“The Rocketeer”
“Rocky III”

“Santa Claus”
“Scrooge”
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
“Silverado”
“Sleeping Beauty”
“Solomon and Sheba”
“SpaceCamp”
“Spies Like Us”
“Starman” 
“Star Trek: The Motion Picture”
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”
“Staying Alive”
“Superman”
“Superman II”
“Superman III”

“Tango & Cash”
“Titanic”
“Top Gun”
“Tommy”
“The Towering Inferno”
"Tron"
“Tucker”
“Tough Guys”

“Yes, Georgio”
“Young Sherlock Holmes”

“Zoot Suit”

“WarGames”
“Wolfen”
“Where Eagles Dare”
“White Nights”
 


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“Amadeus”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
“Amadeus” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Saul Zaentz Company production and Orion release — directed by Milos Forman and starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce — opened exclusively in a 70mm limited release on September 19th.
"Apocalypse Now"
By Mike Coate
The film was shown on a reserved-performance, guaranteed-seat basis and presented in 70-millimeter and Six-Track Dolby Stereo, which showcased a then-new quintaphonic split-surround audio mix.
"Around the World in 80 Days"
By David Coles
"Do not refer to Around the World in 80 Days as a movie. It's not a movie. Movies are something you can see in your neighbourhood theatre and eat popcorn while you're watching them....Show Around the World in 80 Days almost exactly as you would present a Broadway show in your theatre." Mike Todd
The Original 70mm engagements Of "Alien"
By William Kallay and Michael Coate
If released today, Ridley Scott's “Alien” would have opened on several thousand cinema screens across the country.  Back on Memorial Day weekend of 1979 when the film was originally released, however, there were fewer than 100 engagements, 91 select-market engagements to be exact.

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“Back to the Future”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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“Battle of the Bulge”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Ben-Hur”
By Mike Coate
Commemorating the golden anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1959 production of “Ben-Hur”

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Super Technirama 70

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"Brainstorm"
By Mike Coate

Twenty-five years ago, “Brainstorm”, was released to movie theatres. Though the film was not a box-office success, it is remembered for its effective large-frame cinematography and sound design.

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“Can-Can”: The North American Todd-AO Engagements
Celebrating 40 Years of Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”: A 70mm Reference List
By Mike Coate
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm. The audio on the majority of the prints was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format). Some prints lacked Dolby noise reduction or were played back on non-Dolby brand equipment.

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“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”: The North American Roadshow Engagements

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“Circus World”: The North American 70mm Engagements
"Close Encounters Of The Third Kind"
By William Kallay and Michael Coate
What follows is a list of the known 70mm engagements of the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". As one can glean from the list, 70mm engagements were aplenty on this title, with many "out-of-the-way" places often playing the movie in 70mm.
“The Concert for Bangladesh”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70-millimeter first-run engagements of “The Concert for Bangladesh” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) prints blown-up from 16mm photography and included discrete six-track audio. The Apple/20th Century-Fox release was directed by Saul Swimmer and featured musical performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, and many others.
 
 
“Custer of the West”: The Roadshow Engagements
By Mike Coate
A historical listing of the roadshow engagements of “Custer of the West” in North America. These presentations utilized 70mm prints derived from Super Technirama photography and were projected onto large, deeply-curved screens and featured discrete six-track stereophonic sound. The seating was reserved at advanced prices with an average of ten scheduled screenings per week. The cinemas in which these special presentations played also sold souvenir programs.
“The Deer Hunter”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “The Deer Hunter” in North America. These were letterboxed prints (approximately 2.39:1) blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The EMI production/Universal release, was directed by Michael Cimino and starred Robert DeNiro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken.
"Die Hard"
By Mike Coate
“Die Hard” was released to movie theatres in 1988, in the high-quality 70-millimeter format.

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“Doctor Dolittle”: The North American Roadshow Engagements
“Dragonslayer”
By Mike Coate

The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Dragonslayer” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) blow-ups sourced from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, split-surround). The Disney/Paramount co-production was released on June 26th, 1981.
“Edward Scissorhands”: The 70mm and CDS Presentations
By Michael Coate
70mm and Cinema Digital Sound presentations of “Edward Scissorhands” in North America. The 70mm prints were pillarboxed blow-ups sourced from spherical 35mm. The audio was either Six-Track Dolby Stereo or Cinema Digital Sound. The channel layout for these presentations was Left-Center-Right-Surround

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“The Emerald Forest”: The North American 70mm Engagements
"The Empire Strikes Back"
By Coate and Kallay
What is noteworthy about the release of "The Empire Strikes Back" with regard to the 70mm presentation format is that the film was (at the time) distributed with a record number of large-format prints for a saturation, non-roadshow-type release, eclipsing the record set the previous year by "Alien".

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“Explorers”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Far and Away”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
“Far and Away” was among ten confirmed first-run films released in 1992 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. One-hundred sixty-three 70mm prints of the film were reportedly struck for distribution in North America, which places it among the industry’s ten-highest large-format print orders in history and the highest in Universal Studios’ history.
“Firefox”
By Mike Coate

The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagementes of “Firefox” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) blow-ups sourced from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Malpaso production/Warner Bros. release, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, was released on June 18th, 1982.
“Ghostbusters”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70-millimeter first-run engagements of “Ghostbusters” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) prints blown up from anamorphic 35mm. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Columbia release, directed by Ivan Reitman — and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver — opened on June 8th, 1984.

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“Grand Prix”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Grease”
By Michael Coate
“The Dolby sound is terrific. This is a film that exhibitors might well play at higher sound levels for greater audience involvement.” — A.D. Murphy, Variety
“Gremlins”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Gremlins” in North America. These were pillarboxed blow-ups (approximately 1.85:1) sourced from spherical 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Amblin production/Warner Bros. release, directed by Joe Dante and starring Zack Galligan and Phoebe Cates, opened on June 8th, 1984.
“Greystoke”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan” in North America. These were full-frame 2.20:1 blow-ups sourced from Super-35 photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Warner Bros. release, directed by High Hudson and starring Christopher Lambert and Andie MacDowell, opened on March 30th, 1984.

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“Hamlet”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Heaven’s Gate”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Heaven’s Gate” in North America. These were letterboxed prints (approximately 2.39:1) blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The United Artists release was directed by Michael Cimino and starred Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, and Jeff Bridges. The running time of the 1980 screenings was 219 minutes, while the 1981 screenings ran 149 minutes.

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“How the West Was Won”
By Mike Coate
This list consists only of first-run, reserved-seat engagements. Not included in the list are return engagements, mobile presentations, drive-in engagements, the 70mm single-panel re-release engagements, and contemporary screenings.
“Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade”
By Mike Coate
The summer of 1989 was a memorable one, in particular for fans of the 70mm presentation format. The studios that season circulated over 500 large-format prints of eight productions.
“Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom”
By Mike Coate
The summer of 1984 was a memorable one not just for movies in general but for fans of the 70mm
"It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World"
By Mike Coate
Here is a list of the original roadshow runs of Stanley Kramer’s epic large-format comedy "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".

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“The Jolson Story”: The North American 70mm Re-Release Engagements

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“Krakatoa, East of Java”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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“Ladyhawke”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“The Last Valley”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
“The Last Valley” was among four confirmed first-run films released in 1971 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The ABC/Cinerama release was directed by James Clavell and starred Michael Caine and Omar Sharif. These were continuous performance, general release bookings (i.e. not roadshow…although roadshow style program booklets were made available).

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“Lethal Weapon”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Lawrence of Arabia: The Director’s Cut”
By Mike Coate
The “Lawrence of Arabia” re-release was among eighteen confirmed first-run films (and two re-issues) released in 1989 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Sam Spiegel production and Columbia release was directed by David Lean and starred Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness and Omar Sharif.
 
 

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“Little Shop of Horrors”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Logan’s Run”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the North American 70-millimeter engagements of “Logan’s Run”. These were full-frame (2.20:1) prints blown-up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was discrete six-track. A few of the prints were encoded with Dolby Noise Reduction, the first known usage of Dolby in connection with the 70mm format. The Saul David production/MGM release was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Michael York and Jenny Agutter.

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“Mackenna’s Gold”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Manhunter”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Manhunter” in North America. These were full-frame 2.20:1 blow-ups sourced from Super-35 photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The De Laurentiis Entertainment Group release, directed by Michael Mann and starring William Petersen, opened on August 15th, 1986.
“Octopussy”
By Mike Coate

The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Octopussy” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) blow-ups sourced from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The 13th James Bond release from Eon/Danjaq/MGM-UA starred Roger Moore and opened on June 10th, 1983.
"Oklahoma"
By David Coles
For ten years, since the musical play "Oklahoma!" opened in New York City, March 31, 1943, the major movie companies made overtures to Rodgers and Hammerstein for the movie right of "Oklahoma!" Nothing happened until one day when both Dick and Oscar were invited to see test shots of the Todd-AO process. Then it became obvious that the movies were ready for "Oklahoma!"

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“Out of Africa”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Raiders of the Lost Ark”
By Mike Coate
A list of the 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo presentations during the initial months of the first-run release in North America.
"Return of the Jedi"
By Mike Coate
In 1983 release, “Jedi” had the largest order of 70mm prints struck for a film release, eclipsing the record set by “The Empire Strikes Back”
“Rollerball”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70-millimeter first-run engagements of “Rollerball” in North America. These were near full-width prints (approximately 2.00:1) blown-up from 35mm spherical photography and included discrete six-track audio. The United Artists release was directed by Norman Jewison and starred James Caan and John Houseman.

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“The Rose”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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“Sleeping Beauty”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Sleeping Beauty”
By Mike Coate
Commemorating the golden anniversary of Walt Disney’s production of “Sleeping Beauty”
“Solomon and Sheba”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
70-millimeter presentations of “Solomon and Sheba” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery derived from Super Technirama photography and featured discrete six-channel stereophonic sound. These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.
"South Pacific"
By David Coles
South Pacific is a 1958 American romantic musical film based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, which in turn based on James A. Michener's short-story collection Tales of the South Pacific. The film, directed by Joshua Logan, starred Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr and Ray Walston in the leading roles with Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary, the part that she had played in the original stage production. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning the Academy Award for Best Sound for Fred Hynes.

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“Spaceballs”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Star Wars”
By Mike Coate
Many moviegoers may have a distinct recollection of attending a 70mm presentation. However, in looking over the list of original engagements may be surprised to find that only eight 70mm engagements are noted
"Star Wars"
By William Kallay and Michael Coate
All known 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo engagements of the movie "Star Wars". Standard 35mm engagements. which the film was also released in, are not included.
"Streets of Fire"
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the known 70mm first-run engagements of “Streets of Fire” in North America. All opened June 1, 1984. Any move-overs, sub-run and international engagements have not been included.

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“That’s Entertainment!”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“The Thing”
By Mike Coate

The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) blow-ups sourced from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Universal release, directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, opened on June 25th, 1982.
“This Is Cinerama”
By Mike Coate
This list consists only of first-run, reserved-seat engagements. Not included in the list are return engagements, mobile presentations, drive-in engagements, the 70mm single-panel re-release engagements, and contemporary screenings.

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“This Is Cinerama” The Original Roadshow Engagements

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1968: A Roadshow Odyssey
By Mike Coate
“2001: A Space Odyssey” had its world premiere on 2 April 1968 at the Uptown Theatre in Washington, D.C. The critically acclaimed film had what is believed to have been a record number of 70-millimeter wide gauge prints made for a film during the roadshow era.
"2001" Openings
By Mike Coate
Original 1968/69 reserved seat engagements of “2001: A Space Odyssey”.  Each was a 70mm six-track stereophonic sound presentation, with most having been promoted as a “Cinerama” presentation.
“Year of the Dragon”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Year of the Dragon” in North America. These were letterboxed prints (approximately 2.39:1) blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The MGM release, directed by Michael Cimino, and starring Mickey Rourke, John Lone and Ariane Koizumi, opened on August 16th, 1985.



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Online: 02-06-1999. Updated: 18-02-2021