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“Fame”: The 70mm Engagements
“It’s going to take everything they’ve got…”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 25.07.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Fame” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

The world premiere of “Fame” was held May 12th at the Ziegfeld in New York. The film’s west coast premiere was held May 15th at the Cinerama Dome.

“Fame” was among eleven confirmed first-run films released in 1980 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The MGM release was directed by Alan Parker and opened May 16th.

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.

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (5)

NEW YORK
New York — Walter Reade’s Ziegfeld (5)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (31)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1980-06-20 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (7)
1980-06-20 … New York, NY — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Cinerama Twin (6)
1980-08-15 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (7)
1980-11-21 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s La Jolla Village 4-plex (1)
1980-12-19 … Montreal, QC — United’s Le Parisien 5-plex (5) [Version Francaise]

1981-01-16 … Los Angeles, CA — General Cinema’s Avco Center Triplex (4)
1981-02-06 … Montreal, QC — United’s Le Parisien 5-plex (2) [Version Francaise]
1981-03-27 … Honolulu, HI — Consolidated’s Cinerama (4)
1981-04-03 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (2)
1981-04-03 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ University (2)
1981-04-24 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (3)
1981-05-29 … Bakersfield, CA — UA’s Movies 6-plex (1)
1981-07-03 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (3) [La Reserve]
1981-12-07 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (2)

1982-01-06 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (12 days) [70mm fest]
1982-09-17 … Los Angeles, CA — General Cinema’s Avco Center Triplex (1)
1982-09-24 … Philadelphia, PA — SamEric’s SamEric Triplex (4)
1982-10-08 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1982-11-12 … Dallas, TX — General Cinema’s Northpark West Twin (1)
1982-11-26 … Montreal, QC — Odeon’s Champlain Twin (2) [Version Francaise]
1982-12-03 … Montreal, QC — Odeon’s Cote-des-Neiges Twin (1)
1982-12-10 … Seattle, WA — General Cinema’s King (1)

1983-01-28 … Scarborough, ON — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6-plex (1)
1983-01-28 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (1)
1983-04-05 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera
1983-05-13 … Montreal, QC — United’s Claremont (1)
1983-05-20 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ University (4 days) [w/“The Rose”]
1983-05-27 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (1) [w/“The Rose”]
1983-06-10 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Nelson (1) [w/“The Rose”]
1983-10-14 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)

1985-05-17 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (midnight; 2 days)

1988-11-13 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome*

*Screened during the Cinerama Dome’s 25th anniversary film festival, a 17-day, 35-title celebration of popular movies shown at the famous cinema between 1963 and 1988.

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer and Paul Linfesty.

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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