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The Original First-Week Engagements Of “Star Wars”
Original, first-week engagements of "Star Wars"

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Michael Coate (Copyright 2003) Date: May 25, 2003
The engagements on the list have been identified by market, or exchange as it is known in film distribution parlance. In some cases, the theatres are/were not located in the market city noted but, rather, in a suburb or neighboring city. For example, the Glenwood was located in the Kansas City, Missouri suburb of Overland Park, Kansas; the Rock Island Showcase Cinema was located in Milan, Illinois, a neighboring city of Rock Island and the so-called Quad-Cities; the Park (AKA the St. Louis Park) was in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park; the Americana was in Southfield rather than Detroit proper; the Showcase East in Pittsburgh was actually in Monroeville; and so on. Specific cities have been identified only in cases where a market had multiple engagements (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia).

"Dolby"/"70mm-Dolby" = format indications represent opening-week presentation type. Engagements on list without any designation are believed to have been monaural. Many theatres upgraded their projection and/or sound systems during the course of run and switched to a different type of presentation.

Opened Wednesday, May 25, 1977:

1)  Boston, MA: Charles 1-2-3 [Dolby]

2)  Cincinnati, OH: Showcase Springdale [Dolby]

3)  Denver, CO: Cooper [Dolby]

4)  Detroit, MI: Americana [Dolby]

5)  Indianapolis, IN: Eastwood [Dolby]

6)  Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood): Chinese [70mm-Dolby]

7)  Los Angeles, CA (Orange): City Center [70mm-Dolby]

8)  Los Angeles, CA (Westwood): Avco Center [70mm-Dolby]

9)  Louisville, KY: Showcase [Dolby]

10)  Minneapolis, MN: Park

11)  New York, NY (Hicksville): Twin South [70mm-Dolby]

12)  New York, NY (Manhattan): Astor Plaza [70mm-Dolby]

13)  New York, NY (Manhattan): Orpheum [70mm-Dolby]

14)  New York, NY (Menlo Park, NJ): Menlo Park

15)  New York, NY (Paramus, NJ): Triplex Paramus [70mm-Dolby]

16)  Philadelphia, PA: Eric's Place

17)  Philadelphia, PA (Claymont, DE): Twin Tri-State Mall

18)  Philadelphia, PA (Fairless Hills): Twin Fairless Hills  

19)  Philadelphia, PA (Pennsauken, NJ): Twin Pennsauken

20)  Philadelphia, PA (Trenton, NJ): Twin Lawrenceville

21)  Phoenix, AZ: Cine Capri

22)  Pittsburgh, PA: Showcase East [Dolby]

23)  Portland, OR: Westgate [Dolby]

24)  Rock Island, IL: Showcase [Dolby]

25)  Sacramento, CA: Century 25

26)  Salt Lake City, UT: Centre

27)  San Diego, CA: Valley Circle

28)  San Francisco, CA: Coronet [70mm-Dolby]

29)  San Jose, CA: Century 22

30)  Seattle, WA: Cinema 150 [Dolby]

31)  St. Paul, MN: Roseville 4 [Dolby]

32)  Washington, D.C.: Uptown [Dolby]
Further in 70mm reading:

The Original First-Week Engagements Of “Star Wars”

The Original 70mm engagements Of "Star Wars"

“The Empire Strikes Back”

"Return of the Jedi"

70mm Engagements by Title

35mm to 70mm Engagements by Year
Opened Thursday, May 26, 1977:

33)  Kansas City, MO: Glenwood [Dolby]

Opened Friday, May 27, 1977:

34)  Chicago, IL: Esquire [Dolby]

35)  Chicago, IL (Calumet City): River Oaks

36)  Chicago, IL (Lombard): Yorktown

37)  Chicago, IL (Northbrook): Edens [Dolby]

38)  Dallas, TX: Northpark I & II

39)  Dayton, OH: Dayton Mall [Dolby]

40)  Des Moines, IA: River Hills [Dolby]

41)  Houston, TX: Galleria

42)  Omaha, NE: Cinema Center [Dolby]

43)  St. Louis, MO: CreveCoeurCiné [Dolby]
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