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“The Exorcist”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“See and hear the devil for the first time in 70mm”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 20.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter re-release engagements of “The Exorcist” in the United States and Canada. The re-release offered moviegoers a unique opportunity to re-experience this popular motion picture.

“The Exorcist” was among at least two re-issues and nine confirmed first-run films released in 1979 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Warner Bros. release was directed by William Friedkin (“The French Connection,” “Sorcerer”) and starred Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow and Linda Blair. The film was originally released in 1973 in 35mm with monaural audio.

The 70mm re-release prints of “The Exorcist” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom format) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm.

Warner Bros. circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “The In-Laws” and “The Main Event” during the re-release of “The Exorcist.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “The Exorcist” varied by venue and screening.

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … city — venue (duration in weeks) [notes]

1979-02-23 … Louisville, KY — Showcase 9 (7)
1979-03-30 … Toledo, OH — Colony (3)
1979-04-11 … New York, NY — Cinerama Twin (4)
1979-04-11 … New York, NY — Gemini Twin (4)
1979-04-11 … New York, NY — Murray Hill (3)
1979-04-27 … Boston, MA — Cinema 57 Twin (6)
1979-04-27 … Chicago, IL — State Lake (4)
1979-04-27 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama (5)
1979-05-04 … Los Angeles, CA — Chinese Triplex (3)
1979-05-04 … Los Angeles, CA — National (7)
1979-05-11 … Cedar Grove, NJ — Cinema 23 (2)
1979-05-11 … Springdale, OH — Showcase 6 (5)
1979-05-25 … Lakewood, CA — Lakewood Center 4 (2)
1979-06-27 … Philadelphia, PA — Parkwood Manor (1)
1979-11-09 … Fresno, CA — Festival 6 (1)

1980-06-06 … Seattle, WA — Crest (2 days)
1980-06-13 … Tacoma, WA — Temple (1) [w/ “Alien”]
1980-10-31 … Oakland, CA — Grand Lake (1) [late show]
 
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1982-08-27 … Wichita, KS — Mall [Fri-Sat midnight]
1982-10-15 … Toledo, OH — Showcase 5 (1)
1982-10-29 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)

1983-03-23 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]
1983-09-09 … Wichita, KS — Mall [Fri-Sat midnight]
1983-09-16 … Portland, OR — Hollywood (1) [70mm series]
1983-09-23 … Coral Gables, FL — Riviera Twin [Fri-Sat midnight]
1983-10-07 … Atlanta, GA — 12 Oaks Twin (1) [70mm festival]
1983-10-28 … Calgary, AB — North Hill (1) [70mm festival]
1983-11-04 … Edmonton, AB — Meadowlark (1) [70mm festival]
1983-11-18 … Winnipeg, MB — Grant Park (1) [70mm festival]
1983-11-20 … Cleveland, OH — Strosacker [CWRU Film Society series]

1984-10-26 … Wichita, KS — Mall [midnight]

1985-08-09 … Richmond, VA — Ridge 7 (1) [Fri-Sat-Sun midnight]

1992-08-26 … Los Angeles, CA — Four Star (1) [70mm festival; w/ “Alien”]
1992-10-04 … Los Angeles, CA — Plaza [Sunday Night Late Shows]

1993-10-15 … Dayton, OH — New Neon Movies (1) [w/ “Alien”]

1996-09-20 … New York, NY — Radio City Music Hall [Warner Bros. Classics festival]
1996-10-11 … Los Angeles, CA — Plaza [Fri-Sat October Horror Festival]
1996-12-14 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [w/ “Deliverance”]

1997-08-01 … Los Angeles, CA — LACMA Bing [The Big Sound series]
1997-10-31 … Los Angeles, CA — Plaza [Fri-Sat-Sun Late Shows Horror Fest]

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 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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