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“The Ninth Configuration”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Somewhere between mystery and terror lies…The Ninth Configuration”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 25.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “The Ninth Configuration” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience the best presentation of this motion picture.

“The Ninth Configuration” was among eleven confirmed first-run films released in 1980 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Ninth Configuration Co. production and Warner Bros. release — directed by William Peter Blatty and starring Stacy Keach — opened February 8th.

In summer 1980, United Film took over distribution from Warner Bros., re-edited the film and re-issued it under the title of “Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane.”

The 70mm prints of “The Ninth Configuration”/”Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane” featured six-track stereophonic sound (non-Dolby) and full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm.

Warner Bros. circulated 70mm coming-attraction trailers for “Gilda Live,” “The Shining” and “When Time Ran Out” during the release of “The Ninth Configuration.” Upon the UFD takeover, circulating 70mm trailers included ”Lion of the Desert.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “The Ninth Configuration”/”Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) is included in parenthesis following the cinema name.

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5) [70mm from Week 4]

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (4)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1980-03-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Fox (2)
1980-08-08 … New York, NY — UA’s Gemini Twin (4)
1980-09-26 … San Francisco, CA — Syufy’s Cinema 21 (2)

2000-12-02 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [70mm 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 Don Beelik, 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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