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“Divine Madness”: The 70mm Engagements
“A national treasure chest”

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The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 25.07.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Divine Madness” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

“Divine Madness” was among eleven confirmed first-run films released in 1980 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Ladd Company release (through Warner Bros.) — directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Bette Midler — opened September 26th.

Prior to release there were sneak preview screenings in 70mm on June 6th at Woodfield in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg and June 7th at the Royal in San Francisco and September 21st at the Cinerama in Seattle. The film’s premiere was held September 13th at the University in Toronto as a part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter weeks of engagement due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a smaller, 35mm-only auditorium within a multiplex. 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, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

ARIZONA
Scottsdale — Nace’s Kachina (8)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (3)

CALIFORNIA
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5)
Los Angeles — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (9)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (4)
San Diego — Mann’s Loma (4)
San Francisco — UA’s Metro
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (7)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (3)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex (6)

MINNESOTA
Minneapolis — Plitt’s Skyway 4-plex (5)

NEW YORK
New York — Loews’ New York Twin
New York — Moss’ Criterion Center 5-plex

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (12)

OREGON
Portland — Luxury Theatres’ Music Box (7)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — SamEric’s Eric’s Place (5)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s York (5) [opened October 8th]

WASHINGTON
Seattle — SRO’s Cinerama (3)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1980-10-17 … Seattle, WA — SRO’s Music Box (3)
1980-10-24 … Pasadena, CA — SRO’s Hastings (1)
1980-10-31 … Pasadena, CA — UA’s United Artists (3) [70mm from Week #2]
1980-11-07 … Bellevue, WA — SRO’s John Danz (1)
1980-11-07 … New York, NY — Cinema 5’s Paramount
1980-11-07 … Tukwila, WA — SRO’s Lewis & Clark Triplex (1)
1980-11-21 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (4)
1980-11-21 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Nelson (3)
1980-12-12 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s La Jolla Village 4-plex (1)

1981-01-31 … Chicago, IL — Center’s McClurg Court (midnight)
1981-01-31 … Chicago, IL — General Cinema’s Ford City Triplex (midnight)
1981-01-31 … Lombard, IL — General Cinema’s Yorktown 4-plex (midnight)
1981-01-31 … Northbrook, IL — Center’s Edens Twin (midnight)
1981-01-31 … Schaumburg, IL — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (midnight)
1981-03-12 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days) [70mm fest]
1981-03-20 … San Francisco, CA — Plitt’s Northpoint (1)
1981-08-28 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre/Ontario Film Theatre

1982-01-25 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera
1982-09-?? … Portland, OR — Moyer’s Bagdad Triplex [w/“The Rose”]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel and Tim O’Neill.

Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but 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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