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“The Deer Hunter”: The 70mm Engagements
“One of the most important and controversial films of the year!”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 24.07.2016
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Deer Hunter” in North America. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this film.

“The Deer Hunter” was among eight confirmed first-run films released in 1978 and among nine in 1979 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The EMI production/Universal release was directed by Michael Cimino and starred Robert DeNiro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken.

The 70mm prints of “The Deer Hunter” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A”-encoded, Format 41) and letterboxed imagery (approximately 2.39:1) blown up from anamorphic 35mm.

The first-run 70mm engagements cited in this work were exhibited on a reserved-performance “modified roadshow” policy.

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks)

1978-12-08 … Los Angeles, CA — National (1) [Oscar qualifier run]

1979-02-09 … Boston, MA — Charles Triplex (15)
1979-02-23 … Los Angeles, CA — Village (15)
1979-02-23 … Newport Beach, CA — Newport Twin (13)
1979-02-23 … Seattle, WA — King (17)

1979-03-28 … La Mesa, CA — Cinema Grossmont (12)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1979-06-22 … Renton, WA — Roxy (3)
1979-09-14 … Boston, MA — Charles Triplex (1)
1979-09-19 … Corte Madera, CA — Cinema (1)
1979-10-05 … Los Angeles, CA — Century Plaza Twin (2)
1979-11-30 … Costa Mesa, CA — South Coast Plaza Triplex (4)

1980-01-18 … San Francisco, CA — Market Street (1)
1980-04-04 … Seattle, WA — Crest Twin (2 days)
1980-04-11 … Cleveland, OH — Strosacker [CWRU Film Society series]
1980-05-07 … Tacoma, WA — Temple (1)
1980-07-11 … Seattle, WA — Crest Twin (2 days)
1980-10-10 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [Fri-Sat midnight]

1982-04-02 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1982-05-02 … Cleveland, OH — Strosacker [CWRU Film Society series]
1982-05-31 … Washington, DC — Cinema (4 days) [70mm festival]
1982-08-20 … Atlanta, GA — Rhodes (2 days) [w/ “Apocalypse Now”]
1982-10-03 … Portland, OR — Bagdad Triplex (3 days) [70mm festival]

1997-11-16 … Long Beach, CA — CSULB Carpenter Center [Wide Screen festival]

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures, and Dolby records. Special thanks to Marshall Crawford, Mike Durrett, Bill Kallay and 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.
 
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