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“Superman III”: The 70mm Engagements

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 16.05.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Superman III” 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).

“Superman III” was among thirteen first-run films released in 1983 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Alexander Salkind production and Warner Bros. release — directed by Richard Lester and starring Christopher Reeve and Richard Pryor — opened June 17th.

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 format switch to 70mm. In these cases, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Chinook (7 weeks)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (4)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (5)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (7)

CALIFORNIA
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (6)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (4)
Orange — Syufy’s City Center Twin (6)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (4)

KENTUCKY
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (8)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (4)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cinema 57 Twin (6)

NEW JERSEY
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route 17 Twin (6)
Totowa — UA’s Cinema 46 Triplex (6)

NEW YORK
New York — Cinema 5’s Murray Hill (8)
New York — Moss’ Criterion Center 6-plex (9)
Syosset — UA’s Syosset (6)

ONTARIO
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Nelson (8)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (4)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (6)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s Palace 6-plex (9)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS

1983-07-15 … Winnipeg, MB — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin (3)
1983-07-29 … Temple City, CA — Edwards’ Temple 4-plex (3) [w/“WarGames”]
1983-09-16 … Montclair, CA — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (7) [w/“WarGames”]
1983-11-04 … Riverside, CA — Sanborn’s Canyon Crest 9-plex (5) [w/“WarGames”]
1983-12-26 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (1) [70mm fest]

The information in this article has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion and Dolby Labs’ records, with thanks to Bill Kretzel.

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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