The following is a reference / historical
listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Dersu Uzala” in North America.
These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.
The Mosfilm release was directed by Akira Kurosawa and starred Maxim Munzuk
and Yury Solomin.
The 70mm prints of “Dersu Uzala” featured full-frame imagery (from Sovscope
70 cinematography) and discrete six-channel stereophonic sound.
Premiere/Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks) [notes]
1976-02-08 … Beverly Hills, CA — Samuel Goldwyn *
1976-03-30 … Los Angeles, CA — Century Plaza Twin **
1976-10-05 … New York, NY — Ziegfeld ***
1976-10-19 … San Francisco, CA — Royal ****
* Academy Award consideration screening.
**U.S. Premiere. Screened once during FILMEX (Los Angeles International Film
*** Screened once during the New York Film Festival.
**** Screened at San Francisco International Film Festival. Promoted as 70mm
but a 35mm print was a last-minute substitution.
1978-08-07 … New Orleans, LA — Robert E. Lee [New Orleans International Film
1978-08-08 … New Orleans, LA — Robert E. Lee [New Orleans International Film
1978-09-29 … Seattle, WA — Crest 70 (1)
1978-10-18 … Portland, OR — Hollywood (1)
1978-10-26 … San Francisco, CA — Northpoint (1)
1978-11-08 … San Francisco, CA — Warfield (1)
1978-12-08 … La Mesa, CA — Cinema Grossmont (1)
1979-02-16 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama (3) [Fri/Sat midnight]
1979-03-23 … Modesto, CA — Briggsmore (1)
1979-09-21 … Seattle, WA — Crest 70 (2)
1980-03-14 … San Francisco, CA — Regency I (1)
1980-04-27 … Seattle, WA — Crest 70 (2 days)
1980-05-04 … Brookline, MA — Coolidge Corner Twin (3 days)
1980-07-28 … Atlanta, GA — Rhodes
1981-06-05 … San Diego, CA — La Jolla Village 4 (1)
19??-??-?? … Norfolk, VA — Naro
The information included in this article was principally referenced from
film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print
enclosures, TAP records, and Dolby records. Special thanks to Herbert Born
(Schauburg Archive), Jim Cobb, Bill Kallay and Bill Kretzel.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in
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