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“The Jazz Singer”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 22.05.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “The Jazz Singer” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience the best presentation of this motion picture.

“The Jazz Singer” was among eleven confirmed first-run films released in 1980 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Associated Film Distribution (AFD) release — directed by Richard Fleischer (“Barabbas,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “Tora! Tora! Tora!,” “Crossed Swords”) and starring Neil Diamond and Laurence Olivier — opened December 19th.

Pre-release screenings included a sneak preview held November 7th at Edwards Newport in Newport Beach and the world premiere held December 17th at Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The 70mm prints of “The Jazz Singer” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom format with a Split Surround playback option) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm.

AFD circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “The Great Muppet Caper,” “Hard Country” and “The Legend of the Lone Ranger” during the release of “The Jazz Singer.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “The Jazz Singer” varied by venue and screening.

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

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (8)

COLORADO
Denver — Commonwealth’s Cooper Twin (1+)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (5)

ILLINOIS
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (8)

INDIANA
Indianapolis — Y&W’s Eastwood (7)

NEW YORK
New York — Reade’s Ziegfeld (8)

QUEBEC
Montreal — Odeon’s Place du Canada (10)

WASHINGTON
Seattle — SRO’s Cinerama (7)
 
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SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1981-02-06 … Tukwila, WA — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 5 (4)
1981-02-13 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (7)
1981-02-13 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Sherman Oaks Galleria 4 (2)
1981-02-13 … Los Angeles, CA — SRO’s Paramount (3)
1981-02-13 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6 (17)
1981-05-20 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (6)
1981-05-29 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Sherman Oaks Galleria 4 (1) [w/ “The Rose”]
1981-06-05 … Bakersfield, CA — UA’s Movies 6 (1)
1981-06-19 … Lynwood, WA — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 5 (1)
1981-09-04 … Las Vegas, NV — Syufy’s Cinedome 6 (2)
1981-10-02 … Seattle, WA — SRO’s Music Box (1)
1981-10-07 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (1)
1981-11-06 … Modesto, CA — Redwood’s Briggsmore (1) [w/ “Fame”]
1981-11-13 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1981-11-26 … Indianapolis, IN — Y&W’s Eastwood (2)
1981-12-30 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (1) [w/ “Zoot Suit”]

1982-05-26 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (2)
1982-08-20 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (1) [w/ “Rocky III”]
1982-09-10 … Indianapolis, IN — Y&W’s Eastwood [Fri-Sat midnight]
1982-09-10 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s La Jolla Village 4 (1) [w/ “Annie”]
1982-10-13 … Portland, OR — Moyer’s Bagdad Triplex (4 days) [w/ “A Star is Born”]
1982-12-10 … Indianapolis, IN — Y&W’s Eastwood (1) [w/ “Tron”]

1983-12-09 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (1)
1983-12-09 … Indianapolis, IN — Y&W’s Eastwood (1)

1984-12-07 … Indianapolis, IN — Y&W’s Eastwood (1)

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, Bill Kretzel and Paul Linfesty.

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
 
 
   

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