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“Annie”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“The movie of ‘tomorrow’”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 03.12.2018
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Annie” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience the film.

“Annie” was among eighteen confirmed first-run films released in 1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Forty-two 70mm prints of the film were reportedly struck for distribution in North America. The RASTAR production and Columbia release — directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett and Aileen Quinn — opened in limited release May 21st and expanded June 18th.

The 70mm prints of “Annie” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded). Conflicting information exists as to whether the audio format was Dolby processor setting 41 (Todd-AO 5-screen/1-surround layout) or 42 (Baby Boom layout) or if it was released multi inventory.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) 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 week(s) 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, any 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

Also note that many of the engagements included here had a local/regional premiere or benefit screening within a few days of the stated opening date. Typically these screenings were held in the same venue as the subsequent commercial booking, though in some instances (such as the Fox in Atlanta) they were held in a neutral venue.

1982-05-17 … New York, NY — Radio City Music Hall (world premiere)

1982-05-21 … Dallas, TX — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (17)
1982-05-21 … Edison, NJ — GCC’s Menlo Park Twin (13)
1982-05-21 … Levittown, NY — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex (11)
1982-05-21 … Los Angeles, CA — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (8)
1982-05-21 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (8)
1982-05-21 … New York, NY — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (8)
1982-05-21 … New York, NY — Loews’ Astor Plaza (10)
1982-05-21 … New York, NY — Loews’ Orpheum Twin (11)
1982-05-21 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Twin (10)
1982-05-21 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (9)
1982-05-21 … Paramus, NJ — RKO Century’s Route Four 7-plex (11)
1982-05-21 … Stamford, CT — Trans-Lux’s Ridgeway (11)
1982-05-21 … Toronto, ON — Odeon’s York Twin (18)
1982-05-21 … Valley Stream, NY — Redstone’s Sunrise 9-plex (11)

1982-06-18 … Atlanta, GA — Columbia (5)
1982-06-18 … Atlanta, GA — Plitt’s Phipps Plaza Triplex (7)
1982-06-18 … Austin, TX — AMC’s Americana (18)
1982-06-18 … Calgary, AB — Odeon’s North Hill (15)
1982-06-18 … Catonsville, MD — Einbinder & Brehm’s Westview 6-plex (16)
1982-06-18 … Creve Coeur, MO — Wehrenberg’s Creve Coeur (15)
1982-06-18 … Denver, CO — Mann’s Century 21 (?)
1982-06-18 … Edmonton, AB — Odeon’s Meadowlark (14)
1982-06-18 … Henrietta, NY — Loews’ Towne Twin (11)
1982-06-18 … Honolulu, HI — Consolidated’s Cinerama (13)
1982-06-18 … Montreal, QC — Odeon’s Place du Canada (8)
1982-06-18 … Oakland, CA — Foster’s Piedmont (5)
1982-06-18 … Ottawa, ON — Odeon’s Somerset (14)
1982-06-18 … Overland Park, KS — Dickinson’s Glenwood Twin (8)
1982-06-18 … Pleasant Hill, CA — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (22)
1982-06-18 … Sacramento, CA — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (22)
1982-06-18 … Salt Lake City, UT — Mann’s Villa (13)
1982-06-18 … San Diego, CA — Mann’s Cinema 21 (5)
1982-06-18 … San Francisco, CA — Syufy’s Cinema 21 (9)
1982-06-18 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 21 (18)
1982-06-18 … Seattle, WA — GCC’s King (25)
1982-06-18 … Southfield, MI — NGT’s Americana 4-plex (16)
1982-06-18 … Vancouver, BC — Odeon’s Vogue (7)
1982-06-18 … Washington, DC — Circle’s Uptown (8)
1982-06-18 … Winnipeg, MB — Odeon’s Grant Park (13)
 
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ADDITIONAL / SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1982-07-16 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Fox (1)
1982-09-10 … New Orleans, LA — Mann’s Robert E. Lee (1)
1982-09-10 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s La Jolla Village 4-plex (1) [w/ “The Jazz Singer”]
1982-09-17 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (1)
1982-09-17 … Winnipeg, MB — Towne 8-plex (3)
1982-10-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (1)
1982-11-19 … New York, NY — Loews’ State Twin (2)
1982-12-10 … Little Rock, AR — UA’s Cinema 150 (1)
1982-12-27 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [Holiday Film Festival]
1982-??-?? … Champaign, IL — Kerasotes’ Virginia

1983-05-21 … Calgary, AB — Famous Players’ Chinook (matinees; 3 days)
1983-05-21 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin (matinees; 3 days)
1983-05-21 … Montreal, QC — United’s Claremont (matinees; 3 days)
1983-05-21 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Nelson (matinees; 3 days)
1983-05-21 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Stanley (matinees; 3 days)
1983-05-21 … Winnipeg, MB — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (matinees; 3 days)
1983-11-25 … Ottawa, ON — Odeon’s Somerset (1) [70mm fest]
1983-12-09 … Winnipeg, MB — Odeon’s Grant Park (1) [70mm fest]

1984-09-14 … Newmarket, ON — Famous Players’ Glenway 5-plex (1)

2006-07-01 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm series]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel, Monty Marin, and John Stewart.

International 70mm engagements of this title 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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