“Star Trek: The Motion Picture” — The 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 21.09.2017|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” 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).|
“Star Trek: The Motion Picture” was among ten confirmed films (and at least four re-issues) released in 1979 with 70mm prints for selected engagements*. The Gene Roddenberry production and Paramount release was directed by Robert Wise and starred William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelly.
* Paramount’s original release plans for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” called for 70mm prints for key markets, but, ultimately, due to a late completion, the 70mm print order was canceled and the film was released entirely in 35mm upon its opening on December 7th, 1979. At least one 70mm print, however, appears to have been struck at a later date (allegedly for award-consideration screenings) and then placed in the studio’s repertory bookings inventory.
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70mm Blow Up List
|1981-02-26 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days)|
1981-08-14 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera (2 days)
1981-11-20 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1 week)
1981-12-04 … San Diego, CA — Loma (2 weeks) [w/“2001: A Space Odyssey”]
1982-02-17 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days)
1982-09-24 … San Francisco, CA — Regency III [w/“Star Trek II”]
1982-11-05 … Hamilton, ON — Tivoli (2 weeks) [w/“Star Trek II”]
1987-08-05 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel, Paul Linfesty, Doug Louden, Bill McAlpine and Rick Mitchell.
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
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