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“2010”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“The year we make contact.”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 26.02.2020
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “2010: The Year We Make Contact” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience the best presentation of this motion picture.

“2010” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Over two-hundred 70mm prints were struck for distribution in North America (plus several more for international), marking the industry’s second-largest ever commitment to 70mm prints for a single release launch. The 70mm prints represented about 20 percent of the film’s total initial print run. The MGM release — directed by Peter Hyams (“Capricorn One,” “Outland”) and starring Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, and Keir Dullea — opened December 7th.

For the release of “2010,” MGM employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

The 70mm prints of “2010” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom format) and full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm*.

*The visual effects for “2010” were photographed in 65mm, but conflicting details and recollections exist as to whether these sequences were printed through an all-65/70mm workflow and combined in the 65mm inter-negative stage with enlarged principal photography footage, or if these sequences were reduced to 35mm and blown back up to 70mm along with the 35mm-originated principal photography sequences.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview on November 16th and December 6th at the Village in Los Angeles.

MGM circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Cat’s Eye,” “Gymkata,” “Heaven Help Us,” “Heavenly Bodies,” “Mrs. Soffel,” “That’s Dancing!” and “A View to a Kill” during the release of “2010.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “2010” varied by venue and screening.

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

ALABAMA
Huntsville — United Amusement’s Madison Twin (10)

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (9)
Calgary — Famous Players’ Sunridge 5 (9)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin (10)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Westmount Twin (9)

ARIZONA
Phoenix — Mann’s Chris-Town 5 (9) [THX]
Tucson — Mann’s Buena Vista Twin (9)

ARKANSAS
Little Rock — UA’s Heights (8)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (9)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Denman Place (9)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (9)
Victoria — Famous Players’ Coronet (8)

CALIFORNIA
Buena Park — UA’s Buena Park Mall 8 (6) [THX]
Burlingame — Syufy’s Hyatt Triplex (9)
Cerritos — UA’s Cerritos Mall Twin (9)
Clovis — Festival Enterprises’ Regency 6 (6)
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4 (6)
Escondido — AIT’s Carousel 6 (7)
Fairfax — Marin’s Fairfax (6)
Fremont — Syufy’s Cinedome East 7 (7)
Glendale — Mann’s Glendale Twin (6)
Hayward — UA’s Hayward 5 (9)
La Mirada — Pacific’s La Mirada Mall 6 (7)
Laguna Hills — Edwards/Sanborn’s Laguna Hills Mall Triplex (9)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (9)
Los Angeles (Northridge) — Pacific’s Northridge 6 (8)
Los Angeles (Studio City) — Mann’s Studio (6)
Los Angeles (Tarzana) — Mann’s Valley West 6 (9)
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s Village (8) [THX]
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — UA’s Warner Center 6 (6)
Marina del Rey — UA’s Marina Marketplace 6 (6)
Modesto — Redwood’s Briggsmore 7 (13)
Montclair — UA’s Towne Center Plaza 6 (10)
Monterey — UA’s Cinema 70 (7)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (8)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6 (9)
Palm Springs — Metropolitan’s Camelot Triplex (6)
Pasadena — SRO’s Hastings (10)
Pleasant Hill — Syufy’s Century 5 (9)
Redwood City — UA’s Redwood 6 (8)
Riverside — Sanborn’s Canyon Crest 9 (9)
Riverside — UA’s Tyler Mall 4 (5)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6 (10)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 5 (#1: 9)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 5 (#2: 1) [interlock]
San Diego — Mann’s Valley Circle (9)
San Francisco — Syufy’s Empire Triplex (8)
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (9)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (9)
Santa Barbara — Metropolitan’s Arlington (8)
Thousand Oaks — UA’s Oaks 5 (6)
Torrance — UA’s Del Amo 6 (7)
West Covina — Sanborn’s Eastland 5 (8)

COLORADO
Colorado Springs — Commonwealth’s Cinema 70 Triplex (8)
Denver — Mann’s Century 21 (1+) [THX]
Littleton — AMC’s Southbridge Plaza 8 (1+)

CONNECTICUT
East Hartford — Redstone’s Showcase 9 (8)
Orange — Redstone’s Showcase 7 (1+)
Stamford — Trans-Lux’s Ridgeway Twin (8)
Trumbull — Trans-Lux’s Trumbull Triplex (5)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — GCC’s Jenifer Twin (9)

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale — GCC’s Galleria 4 (6)
Winter Park — Wometco’s Winter Park Triplex (7)

GEORGIA
Atlanta — Columbia (15)
Atlanta — GTC’s Lenox Square 6 (8)
Augusta — GTC’s National Hills (6)
College Park — Storey’s National 6 (9)
Tucker — AMC’s Northlake Festival 8 (9)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Cinerama (8) [HPS-4000]

ILLINOIS
Bloomingdale — Plitt’s Stratford Square 8 (5)
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 8 (7)
Champaign — Kerasotes’ Virginia (1+)
Chicago — Plitt’s Carnegie (8)
Chicago — Plitt’s Nortown Triplex (4)
Chicago Ridge — Chicago Ridge Mall 4 (6)
Evanston — M&R’s Evanston Twin (5)
Hillside — M&R’s Hillside Square 4 (6)
Hoffman Estates — Essaness’ Century 4 (6)
Lombard — GCC’s Yorktown 6 (6) [THX]
Niles — Essaness’ Golf Mill Triplex (5)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 5 (6)
Peoria — Kerasotes’ Beverly (6)
Tinley Park — Essaness’ Bremen 4 (6)

INDIANA
Fort Wayne — MSM’s Holiday Twin (1+)
Indianapolis — Loews’ College Park 6 (6)

IOWA
Cedar Rapids — Dubinsky’s Plaza (5)
Des Moines — Dubinsky’s River Hills (7)
Dubuque — Dubuque’s Cinema Center 5 (5)

KANSAS
Wichita — Commonwealth’s Twin Lakes Twin (8)

KENTUCKY
Erlanger — Redstone’s Showcase 8 (10)
Lexington — Mid States’ Southpark 6 (8)
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 9 (7)

LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge — GCC’s Cortana Mall Triplex (8)
Marrero — Gulf States’ Belle Promenade 6 (8)
New Orleans — GCC’s Robert E. Lee (9)
New Orleans — Gulf States’ Eastlake 8 (7) [opened Dec. 14th]

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin (10)

MARYLAND
Catonsville — Einbinder & Brehm’s Westview 8 (7)
Lutherville — JF’s Yorkridge 4 (12)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Charles Triplex (9)
Brookline — Redstone’s Showcase Circle 5 (6)
Danvers — Sack’s Liberty Tree Mall Twin (8)
Revere — Redstone’s Showcase 9 (7)
Somerville — Sack’s Assembly Square 12 (8)
West Springfield — Redstone’s Showcase 10 (7)
Worcester — Redstone’s Webster Square Twin (1+)

MICHIGAN
Bloomfield — Redstone’s Showcase Pontiac 10 (9)
Burton — Redstone’s Eastland Twin (9)
Dearborn — UA’s The Movies at Fairlane 10 (#1: 7)
Dearborn — UA’s The Movies at Fairlane 10 (#2: 2) [interlock]
Lansing — UA’s Spartan Triplex (9)
Southfield — NGT’s Americana 4 (6) [Cinemagic]
Troy — UA’s The Movies at Oakland 5 (6)

MINNESOTA
Minnetonka — Plitt’s Ridge Square Triplex (9)
Roseville — GCC’s Har-Mar 11 (8) [THX]

MISSOURI
Chesterfield — Wehrenberg’s Clarkson 6 (8)
Creve Coeur — Wehrenberg’s Creve Coeur Triplex (7) [opened Dec. 21st]
Independence — Mid-America’s Blue Ridge East 5 (9)
Kansas City — AMC’s Bannister Square 6 (7)
Shrewsbury — Wehrenberg’s Kenrick 8 (9)

NEBRASKA
Omaha — AMC’s Westroads 8 (1+)
Omaha — Commonwealth’s Orchard 4 (1+)
Omaha — Douglas’ Q-Cinema 6 (1+)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6 (#1: 10)
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6 (#2: 3) [interlock]
Reno — Syufy’s Century 6 (8)

NEW JERSEY
Lawrenceville — Sameric’s Eric Twin (7)
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route 17 Triplex (8)
Pennsauken — Sameric’s Eric 5 (#1: 7)
Pennsauken — Sameric’s Eric 5 (#2: 1) [interlock]
Sayreville — Redstone’s Amboy 10 (7)
Secaucus — Loews’ Meadow 6 (6)
Wayne — Loews’ Wayne 6 (6)

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque — Commonwealth’s Cinema East Twin (9)
Albuquerque — GCC’s Louisiana Blvd. Triplex (9)

NEW YORK
Cheektowaga — AMC’s Holiday 6 (1+)
Greece — Jo-Mor’s Stoneridge Plaza Twin (7)
Guilderland — Cinema Centers’ Crossgates Mall 10 (8)
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau Mall 6 (9)
New York (Bronx) — Redstone’s Whitestone 10 (6)
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (10)
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ Astor Plaza (9)
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ New York Twin (8)
New York (Queens) — UA’s Continental Triplex (9)
Pittsford — Loews’ Pittsford Triplex (7)
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 11 (8)
Webster — Loews’ Webster 8 (6)
Yonkers — GCC’s Central Plaza Twin (8)

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte — Plitt’s Park Terrace Triplex (8)

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

OHIO
Beavercreek — Mid States’ Beaver Valley 6 (7)
Cincinnati — Redstone’s Showcase Eastgate 7 (9)
Columbus — Mid States’ Continent 7 (7)
Dayton — Chakeres’ Dayton Mall 8 (9)
Mentor — NTC’s Great Lakes Mall 5 (6)
Springdale — Redstone’s Showcase 8 (10)
Toledo — Redstone’s Showcase 5 (9)
Trotwood — Mid States’ Salem Mall 4 (5)

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City — Commonwealth’s Almonte 6 (9)
Tulsa — UA’s Boman Twin (1+)

ONTARIO
Hamilton — Famous Players’ Tivoli (1+)
London — Famous Players’ Park (1+)
Newmarket — Famous Players’ Glenway 5 (7)
North York — Famous Players’ Towne & Countrye Twin (8)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Elgin Twin (10)
Scarborough — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6 (9)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4 (5) [La Reserve]
Toronto — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (9)
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (13)

OREGON
Beaverton — Moyer’s Tanasbourne Triplex (10)
Eugene — LT’s Cinema World 4 (7)
Portland — LT’s Eastgate Triplex (7)
Portland — LT’s Fox (8)

PENNSYLVANIA
Allentown — Sameric’s Eric 5 (#1: 7)
Allentown — Sameric’s Eric 5 (#2: 1) [interlock]
Concordville — Sameric’s Eric 4 (#1: 7)
Concordville — Sameric’s Eric 4 (#2: 2) [interlock]
Fairless Hills — Sameric’s Eric Triplex (6)
Feasterville — Sameric’s Eric 4 (#1: 7)
Feasterville — Sameric’s Eric 4 (#2: 1) [interlock]
Harrisburg — Sameric’s Eric East Park Center Twin (1+)
King of Prussia — Sameric’s Eric Plaza Twin (6)
McCandless — Redstone’s Showcase North 8 (7)
Montgomeryville — Sameric’s Eric Triplex (6)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s SamEric Triplex (#1: 7)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s SamEric Triplex (#2: 1) [interlock]
Philadelphia — Sameric’s SamEric Triplex (#3: 1) [interlock]

QUEBEC
Laval — United’s Laval 5 (7)
Montreal — United’s Imperial (11)

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

SOUTH CAROLINA
Greenville — Martin’s Astro Twin (7)

TENNESSEE
Antioch — Martin’s Bell Forge 6 (8)
Chattanooga — Martin’s East Ridge 6 (1+)
Goodletsville — Martin’s Rivergate Mall 6 (9)
Knoxville — Simpson’s Capri Triplex (8)
Memphis — Paramount Twin (9)
Nashville — Martin’s Belle Meade (9)

TEXAS
Arlington — Loews’ Lincoln Square 6 (9)
Austin — AMC’s Americana (8)
Bryan — Schulman’s Manor East Triplex (1+)
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (10) [THX]
Fort Worth — UA’s Hulen 6 (9) [THX]
Houston — AMC’s Westchase 5 (8)
Houston — GCC’s Meyerland Plaza Triplex (9)
Houston — Loews’ Southpoint 5 (7)
Houston — Plitt’s West Oaks 7 (12)
San Antonio — Santikos’ Galaxy 10 (8)
San Antonio — Santikos’ Northwest 10 (8)
White Settlement — UA’s Las Vegas Trail 8 (6) [THX]

UTAH
Holladay — Mann’s Cottonwood Mall 4 (7)
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Crossroads Triplex (6)
South Salt Lake — Syufy’s Century 5 (10)

VIRGINIA
Fairfax — UA’s The Movies at Fair Oaks 8 (6)
Richmond — NTI’s Ridge 7 (8)
Springfield — GCC’s Springfield Mall 6 (7) [THX]

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s John Danz (1+)
Seattle — SRO’s Northgate (1+)
Seattle — SRO’s Uptown Triplex (1+)
Spokane — SRO’s State (8)
Spokane Valley — LT’s East Sprague 6 (9)
Tacoma — SRO’s Tacoma Mall Twin (8)
Tukwila — SRO’s Southcenter (1+)
Union Gap — Yakima’s Mercy 6 (1+)

WISCONSIN
Fox Point — Capitol’s Brown Port (8)
Milwaukee — UA’s Southgate (8)
West Allis — Marcus’ Southtown Triplex (9)

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement due to contractual terms or print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex. 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 (or movement out of a branded auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1985-01-18 … Palm Desert, CA — Metropolitan’s Town Center 7 (3)
1985-01-25 … Escondido, CA — AIT’s Carousel 6 (3) [w/ “Starman”]
1985-02-22 … Tacoma, WA — Star Cinemas’ Temple (3)
1985-03-08 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Imperial 6 (2)
1985-03-08 … Wichita, KS — Dickinson’s Mall [midnight]
1985-03-27 … Dallas, TX — Landmark’s Inwood Triplex [USA Film Festival w/ R. Edlund Q&A]
1985-07-20 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre’s Opera
1985-07-26 … Tampa, FL — GCC’s Northdale Court 6 (1)
1985-10-18 … Houston, TX — AMC’s Commerce Park 8 (1) [AMC Series 70]

1986-03-12 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]
1986-05-09 … Raleigh, NC — Litchfield’s Mission Valley 5 (1)

1987-01-16 … Cleveland, OH — CWRU’s Strosacker [CWRU Sci-Fi marathon]

1990-05-11 … Oakland, CA — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4 (1) [w/ “2001”]

1991-07-26 … Washington, DC — Cineplex Odeon’s Uptown (1) [70mm festival]

1992-06-27 … Los Angeles, CA — LACMA’s Leo S. Bing [70mm festival; w/ “2001”]
1992-10-04 … Los Angeles, CA — AMC’s Century 14 [retro festival]
1992-10-08 … Los Angeles, CA — AMC’s Century 14 [retro festival]

1995-06-16 … Winnipeg, MB — Cineplex Odeon’s Towne 8 (1) [w/ “2001”]

2008-07-01 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival; w/ “Blue Thunder”] (canceled)

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Ann at the USA Film Festival, David Ayers, Mark Brack, Ray Caple, Jeffry Johnson, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel, Ronald A. Lee, Mark Lensenmayer, Kenneth Mitchell, and Joe Odenthal, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project.

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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