“The Muppet Movie”: The 70mm Engagements
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following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
engagements of “The Muppet Movie” in North America. These were arguably the
best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.
“The Muppet Movie” was among nine confirmed first-run films released in 1979
with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The ITC production and AFD
release — directed by James Frawley and featuring the talents of Muppet
performers Jim Henson, Franz Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt and Dave Goelz,
along with a spectacular lineup of guest stars — opened June 22nd.
Pre-release screenings of “The Muppet Movie” included the North American
premiere held June 21st at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles. (The film’s
world premiere was held May 31st at Leicester Square in London.)
The 70mm prints of “The Muppet Movie” featured pillarboxed imagery
(approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm and Six-Track Dolby
Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
AFD circulated a 70mm trailer for “Love and Bullets” during the release of
“The Muppet Movie.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers, as well, during
this period. The 70mm trailers, if any, ultimately seen during 70mm
presentations of “The Muppet Movie” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the cinema name.
Los Angeles — Cinerama Dome (6)
New York — Ziegfeld (3)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1979-07-13 … New York, NY — Gemini Twin (4)
1979-07-27 … Towson, MD — Hillendale Twin (10)
1979-08-03 … Lakewood, CA — Lakewood Center 4-plex (7)
1979-08-03 … Southfield, MI — Northland Twin (9)
1979-08-17 … Belleville, IL — Cinema (6)
1979-12-21 … Oklahoma City, OK — Westwood (2)
1979-12-21 … Renton, WA — Roxy (2)
1980-02-08 … Cleveland, OH — CWRU Strosacker
1980-05-30 … Tacoma, WA — Temple (1)
1982-07-05 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [5th annual summer film fest]
The information in this article was principally referenced from film
industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
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