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“Brainstorm”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 01.05.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter large-format engagements of “Brainstorm” in the United States and Canada. These were the first and best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Brainstorm” was among thirteen confirmed first-run films released in 1983 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. One hundred seventy-eight 70mm prints were reportedly struck for distribution in North America (plus several more for international), marking at the time the industry’s largest ever commitment to 70mm prints for a single release launch. The MGM/UA release — directed by Douglas Trumbull and starring Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, and Cliff Robertson — opened September 30th. (The film’s 70mm bookings had a two-week exclusive before any 35mm prints circulated).

Pre-release screenings included a sneak preview at Chris-Town in Phoenix held April 30th and exhibitor bid screenings held July 20th and 21st in numerous locales. The film’s west coast premiere was held September 29th at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles and the world premiere* took place October 6th at Mission Valley in Raleigh, North Carolina, near where much of the movie was filmed.

*The film’s official world premiere took place AFTER the film’s release because the distributor originally planned to release the movie October 7th, with the premiere being held a day prior on the 6th, but citing positive exhibitor response to their plans for an exclusive 70mm launch [or not wanting to open the same weekend as a new James Bond film!], the company pushed up the release by one week but were unable or unwilling to alter their plan on short notice for the October 6th world premiere event. As well, some of the exhibitors were unable or unwilling to renegotiate the commencement date of their booking and thus opened October 7th rather than September 30th.

The 70mm prints of “Brainstorm” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format) and a mixture of full-frame and pillarboxed imagery sourced from spherical 35mm (the objective “real world” sequences) and 65mm (the subjective “brainstorm” sequences).

MGM/UA circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “A Christmas Story,” “The Ice Pirates,” “Reckless,” “Romantic Comedy” and “Yentl” during the release of “Brainstorm.” As well, other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period. Ultimately, the 70mm trailers, if any, seen during the 70mm presentations of “Brainstorm” varied by venue and screening.

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

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Chinook (5)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (5)

ARIZONA
Phoenix — Plitt’s Cine Capri (10)
Tucson — TM’s El Con 6-plex (11)

ARKANSAS
Little Rock — UA’s Heights (4)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (9)

CALIFORNIA
Berkeley — Cinerama’s California Triplex (3)
Burlingame — Syufy’s Hyatt Twin (6)
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (3)
Fremont — Syufy’s Cinedome East 7-plex (5)
Fresno — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 6-plex (5)
Hayward — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 6-plex (3)
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (10)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (7)
Los Angeles (North Hollywood) — UA’s Valley Plaza 6-plex (7)
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s National (4)
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — Pacific’s Topanga Twin (5)
Modesto — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 6-plex (4)
Montclair — UA’s Towne Center Plaza 6-plex (10)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (8)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (6)
Pasadena — UA’s United Artists (7)
Pleasant Hill — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (7)
Riverside — UA’s Tyler Mall 4-plex (7)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (7)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 5-plex (7)
San Diego — Pacific’s Cinerama (11)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (5)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (6)
Santa Barbara — Metropolitan’s Granada Triplex (6)
Stockton — Festival Enterprises’ Regency 4-plex (4)
Temple City — Edwards’ Temple 4-plex (5)
Torrance — UA’s Del Amo 6-plex (9)

COLORADO
Colorado Springs — Commonwealth’s Cooper Triplex (5) [opened Oct. 7th]
Denver — Commonwealth’s Continental (5) [opened Oct. 7th]

CONNECTICUT
East Hartford — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (4)
Orange — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex (1+)
Stamford — Trans-Lux’s Ridgeway Twin (3)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s MacArthur Triplex (4)

FLORIDA
Bay Harbor Islands — Loews’ Bay Harbor Twin (4)
Fort Lauderdale — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex (6)
Kendall — Wometco’s Dadeland Triplex (7)
North Miami Beach — Wometco’s 163rd Street Triplex (7)
St. Petersburg — Plitt’s Plaza Twin (5)
Winter Park — Wometco’s Winter Park Triplex (7)

GEORGIA
Atlanta — Lefont’s Tara Triplex (6)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki 3 (4)

IDAHO
Boise — Plitt’s 8th Street Market Place Twin (1+)

ILLINOIS
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 6-plex (4)
Champaign — Kerasotes’ Virginia (5)
Chicago — Essaness’ Lincoln Village (3)
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (3)
Evergreen Park — M&R’s Evergreen 4-plex (4)
Hillside — M&R’s Hillside Square 4-plex (3)
Lombard — GCC’s Yorktown 6-plex (4)
Milan — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (3)
Niles — Essaness’ Golf Mill Triplex (3)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 5-plex (3)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (3)

INDIANA
Evansville — Stieler’s North Park 7-plex (4)
Indianapolis — Y&W’s Eastwood (5)

IOWA
Des Moines — Dubinsky’s Plaza (6)

KANSAS
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood Twin (10)
Wichita — Dickinson’s Mall (6)

KENTUCKY
Erlanger — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex (5)
Lexington — Mid States’ Southpark 6-plex (5)
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (4)

LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge — Gulf States’ Bon Marche Mall 8-plex (7)
Metairie — GCC’s Lakeside 5-plex (6)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin (5)

MARYLAND
Baltimore — Durkee’s Senator (6)
Catonsville — Einbinder & Brehm’s Westview 6-plex (7)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cinema 57 Twin (3)
Brookline — Redstone’s Showcase Circle Triplex (4)
Danvers — Sack’s Liberty Tree Mall Twin (4)
Dedham — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (2) [opened Oct. 14th]
Lawrence — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (3)
Revere — Redstone’s Showcase 10-plex (4)
Seekonk — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex (1+)
West Springfield — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (4)
Woburn — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex (2) [opened Oct. 14th]
Worcester — Redstone’s Showcase 4-plex (1+)

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor — UA’s Fox Village 4-plex (1+)
Bloomfield — Redstone’s Showcase Pontiac 10-plex (5)
Burton — Redstone’s Showcase 6-plex (4)
Dearborn — UA’s The Movies at Fairlane 10-plex (5)
Grosse Pointe Woods — NGT’s Woods Triplex (4)
Lansing — UA’s Spartan Triplex (4)
Livonia — NGT’s Mai Kai (7)
Southfield — NGT’s Americana 4-plex (4)
Southgate — NGT’s Southgate Triplex (4)
Sterling Heights — Redstone’s Showcase 10-plex (5)
Troy — UA’s The Movies at Oakland 5-plex (5)

MINNESOTA
Minneapolis — Plitt’s Skyway 4-plex (4)
West St. Paul — Engler’s Signal Hills 4-plex (1+)

MISSOURI
Creve Coeur — Wehrenberg’s Creve Coeur (6)
Independence — Mid-America’s Blue Ridge East 5-plex (7)
Kansas City — Commonwealth’s Bannister Mall 5-plex (7)
Sunset Hills — Wehrenberg’s Mark Twain (6)

NEBRASKA
Lincoln — Commonwealth’s Cooper (5)
Omaha — Douglas’ Cinema Center 6-plex (7)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (8)
Reno — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (1+)

NEW JERSEY
Edison — GCC’s Menlo Park Twin (4)
Lawrenceville — Sameric’s Eric Twin (5)
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route Four 7-plex (3)
Pennsauken — Sameric’s Eric 5-plex (7)
Secaucus — Loews’ Meadow 6-plex (3)
Totowa — UA’s Cinema 46 Triplex (3)

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque — GCC’s Louisiana Blvd. Triplex (5)

NEW YORK
Albany — UA’s Hellman Twin (3)
Bay Shore — UA’s Cinema (4)
Cheektowaga — AMC’s Holiday 6-plex (1+)
DeWitt — Carrols’ Shoppingtown Twin (4)
Greece — Jo-Mor’s Stoneridge Plaza Triplex (5)
New York — Reade’s Ziegfeld (7)
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 11-plex (4)
Woodbury — UA’s Cinema 150 (3)
Yonkers — GCC’s Central Plaza Twin (4)

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte — Plitt’s Park Terrace Triplex (5) [opened Oct. 7th]
Raleigh — Litchfield’s Mission Valley Twin (10) [opened Oct. 7th]

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax — Famous Players’ Scotia Square (1+)

OHIO
Beavercreek — Mid States’ Beaver Valley 6-plex (5)
Columbus — GCC’s Eastland Mall Twin (5)
Columbus — Mid States’ Continent 7-plex (6)
Dayton — Chakeres’ Dayton Mall 8-plex (5)
Springdale — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex (5)
Toledo — Redstone’s Showcase 5-plex (7)
Woodmere — Loews’ Village (6)

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City — Commonwealth’s Quail Twin (6)

ONTARIO
Hamilton — Famous Players’ Tivoli (1+)
London — Famous Players’ Park (1+)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Rideau Centre Triplex (5)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (3)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (3)

OREGON
Beaverton — LT’s Westgate Triplex (5)
Portland — LT’s Eastgate Triplex (5)

PENNSYLVANIA
Allentown — Sameric’s Eric 5-plex (5)
Concordville — Sameric’s Eric 4-plex (5)
Feasterville — Sameric’s Eric 4-plex (4)
Harrisburg — Sameric’s Eric East Park Center Twin (1+)
King of Prussia — Sameric’s Eric Plaza (4)
McCandless — Redstone’s Showcase North 8-plex (4)
Monroeville — Redstone’s Showcase East 6-plex (4)
Montgomeryville — Sameric’s Eric Triplex (4)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Sam’s Place Twin (7)
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Fulton (4)
Upper Darby — Sameric’s Eric Pilgrim Gardens (7)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s Imperial (4)

RHODE ISLAND
Warwick — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (1+)

SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston — Plitt’s Ultravision Twin (1+) [opened Oct. 7th]

TENNESSEE
Knoxville — Simpson’s Capri Triplex (7)
Memphis — Rand’s Park (8)
Nashville — Martin’s Belle Meade (8)

TEXAS
Arlington — Loews’ Lincoln Square 6-plex (11)
Austin — Mann’s Fox Triplex (6)
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (6) [THX]
Fort Worth — UA’s Hulen 6-plex (11)
Houston — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex (8)
Houston — GCC’s Meyerland Plaza Triplex (5)
Houston — Loews’ Southpoint 5-plex (7)
Lubbock — Mann’s Fox 4-plex (8)
San Antonio — Santikos’ Northwest 10-plex (10)

UTAH
Holladay — Mann’s Cottonwood Mall 4-plex (6)
Ogden — Consolidated’s Newgate Starships 4-plex (1+)
Salt Lake City — Trolley’s Trolley Corners Triplex (9)
South Salt Lake — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (7)

VIRGINIA
Richmond — Litchfield’s Midlothian 6-plex (6) [opened Oct. 7th]
Richmond — NTI’s Ridge 4-plex (5) [opened Oct. 7th]
Springfield — GCC’s Springfield Mall 6-plex (6)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s John Danz (5)
Lynnwood — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 5-plex (7)
Seattle — LT’s Coliseum (10)
Spokane — LT’s Fox Triplex (8)
Tacoma — SRO’s Tacoma Mall Twin (5)
Tukwila — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 7-plex (7)

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee — Marcus’ Northtown 4-plex (6)
West Allis — Marcus’ Southtown Triplex (6)

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement because of contractual terms or the booking was moved to a smaller, 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.

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS


1983-10-21 … Cedar Grove, NJ — UA’s Cinema 23 (2)
1983-10-21 … Chicago, IL — Plitt’s Carnegie (1)
1983-10-21 … East Meadow, NY — UA’s Meadowbrook 4-plex (2)
1983-10-21 … Moline, IL — Redstone’s Parkway (1)
1983-10-21 … North York, ON — Famous Players’ Town & Countrye Twin (4)
1983-10-21 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (5)
1983-10-28 … Dubuque, IA — Douglas’ Cinema Center 5-plex (1)
1983-10-28 … Montreal, QC — United’s York (3)
1983-11-04 … Bellevue, WA — SRO’s Factoria 5-plex (2)
1983-11-04 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Westmount Twin (1)
1983-11-04 … Springfield, IL — Wehrenberg’s Fox Town & Country (3) [70mm?]
1983-11-11 … Los Angeles (Tarzana), CA — Mann’s Valley West 6-plex (1)
1983-11-11 … Palm Desert, CA — Metropolitan’s Town Center 7-plex (2)
1983-11-11 … Palm Springs, CA — Metropolitan’s Camelot Triplex (3)
1983-11-11 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (1)
1983-11-11 … Westminster, CA — UA’s Westminster Mall Twin (1)
1983-11-18 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (1)
1983-11-18 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — SRO’s Paramount (4)
1983-12-02 … New Orleans, LA — Golden Crest’s Kenilworth (2)
1983-12-02 … Vancouver, BC — Odeon’s Park (1)
1983-12-09 … Seattle, WA — Seven Gables’ Crest 4-plex (1)
1983-12-09 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex’s Market Square 6-plex (1)

1984-01-27 … Los Angeles (Mid-Wilshire), CA — Four Star (1) [w/ “Rocky III”]
1984-01-27 … Victoria, BC — Odeon’s Haida (3)
1984-02-15 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]
1984-02-24 … Wichita, KS — Dickinson’s Mall [Fri/Sat midnight]
1984-03-02 … Sioux City, IA — Dubinsky’s Riviera Twin [Fri/Sat midnight]

1985-12-13 … Houston, TX — AMC’s Commerce Park 8-plex [70mm series]

2006-05-10 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [70mm festival]

2007-09-24 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival; w/ “Starman”]

2008-07-04 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival; w/ “Tron”]

2014-05-09 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [Sci-Fi festival]
2014-07-12 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm festival]
2014-07-13 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm festival]
2014-07-23 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]

2015-08-08 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm festival]
2015-08-09 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm festival]

2016-02-26 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2016-03-03 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]

2018-09-21 … Somerville, MA — Somerville 6-plex [70mm & Widescreen festival]

2019-08-22 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm festival]
2019-08-25 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm festival]
2019-09-06 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm festival]

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Jonathan Crist, Thomas Hauerslev, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel, Ronald A. Lee, Mark Lensenmayer, Scott Neff, Jim Perry, John Sittig, Grant Smith, James Westbrook, Vince Young, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project. This article is based upon a previously-published article.

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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