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“The Muppet Movie”: The 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 02.11.2016
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Muppet Movie” 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 Muppet Movie” was among nine 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.

The North American premiere of “The Muppet Movie” was 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 duration of the engagements, measured in weeks played, has been included 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.

1979-06-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (6)

1979-06-22 … New York, NY — Walter Reade’s Ziegfeld (3)

1979-07-27 … Towson, MD — Rappaport’s Hillendale Twin (10)

1979-08-03 … Southfield, MI — Suburban Detroit’s Northland Twin (9)

ADDITIONAL / SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1979-07-13 … New York, NY — UA’s Gemini Twin (4)

1979-08-03 … Lakewood, CA — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (7)

1980-02-08 … Cleveland, OH — CWRU’s Strosacker

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion. International engagements have not been accounted for in this article.

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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