“Krull”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
engagements of “Krull” in the United States and Canada. These were the best
cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.
“Krull” was among thirteen confirmed first-run films released in 1983 with 70mm
prints for selected engagements. Approximately two-dozen 70mm prints were struck
for distribution in North America and represented about two percent of the
film’s total initial print run. The Columbia release — directed by Peter Yates
and starring Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones and Francesca Annis —
opened July 29th.
Pre-release screenings included sneak previews on April 23rd at Chris-Town in
Phoenix; May 7th at Americana in Detroit (Southfield); and May 7th at Westgate
in Portland (Beaverton). The film’s world premiere was held July 28th at the
Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.
The 70mm prints of “Krull” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic
35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Columbia’s “The Big Chill,” “Christine,”
“Educating Rita,” “The Man Who Loved Women,” and “Yor: The Hunter from the
Future” circulated during the release of “Krull” and which the distributor
recommended be screened with the presentation. Additional 70mm trailers from
other studios circulated during this period as well. Which trailers, if any,
seen during the presentations of “Krull” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been
presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement because the booking
was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex or due to print
damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print.
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 has been included in
the duration figure.
Calgary — Odeon’s North Hill (5)
Edmonton — Odeon’s Meadowlark (6)
Vancouver — Odeon’s Park (5)
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (4)
Daly City — Plitt’s Plaza Twin (7)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5)
Los Angeles — Mann’s National (2)
Orange — Syufy’s City Center Twin (3)
Pasadena — SRO’s Hastings (5)
San Diego — Mann’s Valley Circle (6)
San Francisco — Syufy’s Cinema 21 (3)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (3)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Tenley Triplex (2)
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki 3 (3)
Winnipeg — Odeon’s Garrick 4-plex (5)
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (3)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (3)
New York — Loews’ State Twin (4)
Ottawa — Odeon’s St. Laurent Twin (5)
Toronto — Odeon’s York Twin (5)
Montreal — Odeon’s Place du Canada (5)
Bellevue — SRO’s Factoria 5-plex (4)
Lynnwood — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 5-plex (4)
Tukwila — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 7-plex (4)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1983-09-02 … Calgary, AB — Odeon’s Southland 4-plex (2)
2016-02-27 … Chicago, IL — Music Box (2 days) [70mm fest]
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film
industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in
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