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“Octopussy”: The 70mm Engagements
“James Bond’s all time high.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 02.03.2016
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Octopussy” 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). These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.

“Octopussy” was among thirteen confirmed first-run films released in 1983 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Eon/Danjaq production and MGM/UA release — directed by John Glen and starring Roger Moore and Maud Adams — opened June 10th.

“Octopussy” is the only confirmed Eon-produced James Bond movie released with 70mm prints in North America.

The film’s world premiere was held June 6th at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. The U.S. premiere was held June 9th at the National in New York while the U.S. west coast premiere was held June 9th at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.

Trailers for “Brainstorm” and “Strange Brew” circulated with the “Octopussy” prints and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing were 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 format switch to 70mm. In these cases, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

Vancouver — Famous Players’ Denman Place (9)

La Mesa — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (14)
Los Angeles — General Cinema’s Avco Center Triplex (8)
Los Angeles — SRO’s Paramount (7)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin

Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex (7)

New York — RKO Century’s National Twin
New York — Walter Reade’s Bay
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 8-plex
Woodbury — UA’s Cinema 150

Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (16)

Montreal — United’s York (11)


1983-08-19 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Stanley (1)
1983-08-26 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1983-10-14 … Calgary, AB — Odeon’s Northill (1)

1984-01-18 … 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.

Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but have not been accounted for in this article.

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion. Any move-over, subsequent-run, re-release, and international engagements have not been accounted for in this article.
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