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“Staying Alive”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Tony Manero knows the old days are over. But nobody’s gonna tell him he can’t feel that good again.”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 26.10.2019
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Staying Alive” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Staying Alive” was among thirteen confirmed first-run films released in 1983 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Approximately forty 70mm prints were struck for distribution in North America and represented about two percent of the film’s total initial print run. The Robert Stigwood production and Paramount release — directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes and Steve Inwood — opened July 15th.

Pre-release screenings included the film’s world premiere held July 11th at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, and on June 29th, in connection with the release of “Staying Alive,” Sylvester Stallone placed his hand and foot prints in the Chinese Theater courtyard.

The 70mm prints of “Staying Alive” featured pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

Seventy-millimeter trailers for Paramount’s “Beyond the Limit,” “The Dead Zone,” “The Keep,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Uncommon Valor” circulated during the release of “Staying Alive” and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation. Additional 70mm trailers from other studios circulated during this period as well. Which trailers, if any, seen during the presentations of “Staying Alive” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included for some entries in parenthesis following the applicable 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 because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex or due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print. 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.

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (9)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (9)

ARIZONA
Tucson — Plitt’s El Dorado Twin (10)

CALIFORNIA
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (15)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (12)
Los Angeles (Tarzana) — Mann’s Valley West 6-plex (#1: 11)
Los Angeles (Tarzana) — Mann’s Valley West 6-plex (#2: 4)
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s Village (12)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (6)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (15)
Riverside — Sanborn’s Canyon Crest 9-plex (15) [70mm from Week 3]
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (14)
San Diego — Mann’s Cinema 21 (13)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (10)
San Jose — Syufy’s Town & Country (12)

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

ILLINOIS
Chicago — Plitt’s Carnegie (4)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex (4)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex (4)

MICHIGAN
Southfield — SDT’s Northland Twin (5)

MISSOURI
Creve Coeur — Wehrenberg’s Creve Coeur (5)

NEBRASKA
Omaha — Douglas’ Cinema Center 6-plex (9)

NEW JERSEY
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route Four 7-plex (6)
Sayreville — Redstone’s Amboy 10-plex (10)
Wayne — Loews’ Wayne 6-plex (7)

NEW YORK
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 6-plex (9)
New York — Reade’s Ziegfeld (11)
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 11-plex (10)

ONTARIO
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Rideau Centre Triplex (11)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (9)

OREGON
Portland — Moyer’s Bagdad Triplex (10)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Mark I (12)

TEXAS
Dallas — AMC’s Prestonwood 5-plex (15)
Dallas — Loews’ Park Central 4-plex (9)

VIRGINIA
Bailey’s Crossroads — K-B’s Cinema 7 Twin (6)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s Factoria 5-plex (10)
Tukwila — SRO’s Southcenter (6)

WISCONSIN
Greenfield — Capitol’s Spring Mall Triplex (8)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1983-08-19 … Temple City, CA — Edwards’ Temple 4-plex (6) [w/ “WarGames”]
1983-08-26 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Twin (3) [w/ “WarGames”]
1983-08-26 … Tukwila, WA — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 7-plex (4)
1983-09-09 … Fox Point, WI — Capitol’s Brown Port (1)
1983-09-16 … Calgary, AB — Odeon’s Southland 4-plex (2)
1983-09-16 … Edmonton, AB — Odeon’s Meadowlark (2)
1983-11-11 … Montclair, CA — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (1) [w/ “WarGames”]
1983-12-14 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

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

International engagements 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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